I know you’re excited and highly focused on growing your business and there’s so much to do. It really can be incredibly time and energy-consuming. All the more reason why I’m going to make a case for excellent self-care right now.
You see, even when you love what you do, you can burn out if you’re not paying attention to the very heart of your business. That’s you! Without you, your business isn’t going anywhere. So if you’re pushing too hard, lacking healthy boundaries or neglecting your relationship, health, kids, friends, or whatever… take these 5 top tips to heart now and do something about it before it’s too late.
[Quick note - burnout is not fun nor is it a badge of honour. It’s shit. Period.]
#1 Get organized in your business and in your life
Grab your calendar or planner and figure out what needs to be done and by when it needs to be done. Plan, prioritize, and schedule your week so you know exactly what’s coming and roughly how long it will take.
You’ll immediately feel more clarity and less stress, simply by having a good plan. And bonus benefit, when your brain knows what to expect, it’s much more likely to get on board so you actually follow through on your plan.
#2 Communicate your needs to others
Do you expect everyone around you to read your mind and know what you need? Check-in often with yourself on what you need, and learn to express it to your partner, children, friends, co-workers, employees, etc. Do you need quiet time to focus, time alone, a hug, someone else to do that admin task, a romantic dinner date, a friendly ear?
Have the conversations with the people who can help and give them the opportunity to support you.
#3 Learn to say no
Stop feeling obligated to say yes to every single person who asks for your time and energy. You may even need to prioritize your work or your self-care over something you enjoy, like going out for coffee with your girlfriend on a moment’s notice. Plan it in at a time that truly works for you and doesn’t de-rail the rest of your day.
Quit chasing every shiny object and rabbit hole in the entrepreneurial world. It’s the information age and you are signing yourself up for overwhelm and stress if you are constantly distracted and never completing anything. Pick what is relevant to your path and apply it.
#4 Get enough downtime away from the business
Life is not all work and no play and seriously, your brain needs to switch off from the business sometimes. It’s the only way to refresh and recharge and funnily enough, some of my best ideas pop up after downtime. Read a book, workout, take a walk, watch a funny movie, go dancing, or have a conversation with a friend about what’s going on for them. There are a thousand ways you can have downtime. I’d suggest doing what feels great and fills your cup.
If you feel stressed and pushed for time as it is, schedule your downtime into your week and day and DO NOT skip it because you need to respond to that email or post about your lunch on social media. Everyone can find time in their week for what’s important to them. So it’s your time to make self-care more important.
#5 Go outside and feel the elements
We know that fresh air, sunshine, and nature provide amazing benefits to our minds and bodies. This one is particularly useful if you spend too much time in your office, staring at the computer screen. There’s a whole world out there and you’ll feel so much better for being a part of it.
So drink your next coffee in the backyard or on your balcony, go for that afternoon walk on the beach or around the neighborhood and take time to notice what’s outside your four walls.
Yes, there are a million other self-care tips you can use, but I wanted to dig deep and find just a handful that will have a huge impact on your wellbeing. If it still feels difficult to get started, just pick one, implement it for a couple of weeks and be amazed at the difference it makes.
Let me know how you go with leveling-up your self-care so you can sustain your business growth and success.
Meet Melissa Kay
A mother, lover of life, personal growth, and good coffee, Melissa has a passion for inspiring and helping others to dream big and take action. She owns and runs Melissa Kay Coaching where she focuses on empowerment and lasting transformation, so her clients can create a life and business they truly love.
Melissa Kay Schulz
Coffee lover, mother, salsa dancer and mindset coach for entrepreneurs.