As a business owner, you are probably used to a barrage of tasks coming at you quickly and at all times. While being business and stressed comes with the entrepreneurship package, keeping that pace up for too long can quickly turn into a downward spiral leading to burnout and a deep sense of frustration. Today, You Have Got the Power shares some helpful tips on how to take better care of yourself while you’re still learning to juggle it all.
Take Regular Breaks
While it can be tempting to burn the midnight oil, this is the sort of behavior that can end up burning you out. Taking small breaks throughout the day is a must, because breaks allow you space to gather yourself together and reconfigure your mental headspace in order to do better for the remainder of the day.
Know What Makes You Tick (and What Doesn’t)
Being familiar with what makes you tick and what doesn’t is an excellent place to be in. Because if you know what motivates you and what is causing you the most amount of stress, then you can come up with a strategy to better handle your responsibilities. Or at least you’ll know how to take a step back and do something that revives you and makes you happy, explains Mooditude.
Choose a Business Structure that Lowers Stress
When it comes to building a business, there’s a lot that goes into the planning stage of it all. Hence why you should choose a business structure that will help you minimize the work (and stress) involved in setting your business up. An LLC is a good example of a business structure that can reduce stress because you don’t have to worry about filling in endless amounts of paperwork, and there is also more flexibility should you wish to change direction. In addition, an LLC offers limited liability, and it has tax advantages which can only sweeten the deal.
You can set up your LLC yourself but regulations can vary, so you might want to seek out an online formation service that’s already familiar with the rules for starting an LLC in your state.
Technology Could be the Answer
If you’re a busy business owner, and you feel like you have a million and one things to do and not enough time to accomplish them, technology can be the answer to help you streamline your day better. From automated accounting software to data analysis systems, there are seemingly endless possibilities of technology that can be employed.
However, choosing the right tool depends on the specific needs of the business and its team. Some tools may provide more bang for their buck in larger companies with multiple departments while others might work best in a solo situation where one person is managing everything on their own.
Adopt a Pet
While a pet will add more things to your “to do” list, owning a pet also comes with a lot of stress reducing benefits. Psych Central explains that owning a pet makes us feel loved and less isolated. They can also lower our stress levels by decreasing our cortisol levels. Plus, some pets encourage us to get out and exercise in nature, which is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. Once you adopt your pet, you’ll need to find the right food. To help with searching for dog food, narrow your scope to products that are high in protein and contain organic ingredients. You might even want to speak with your new vet about going grain free.
Exercise is Great for Your Headspace
You also need to incorporate exercise as part of your daily routine, as this is an essential part of staying healthy both mentally and physically. But you don’t have to travel far or spend lots or take significant time away from your business in order to do so when you can just as well work out at home to achieve the same results.
While you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on a gym membership, it’s okay to invest in a few items like some workout gear or a new yoga mat if it’ll help you stay motivated. Whenever purchasing items, take some time to read reviews to determine if they’re safe for your family.
Listening to music can really help get you jazzed about your workout, as well! Don’t be afraid to go slow at first. Remember, the goal is simply one of self-improvement, so it’s better to be your own best friend than your own worst enemy.
Get Regular Massages
Massage is an underused staple of holistic health, not just a feel-good indulgence. It pertains to many areas of physical and mental wellbeing, more than most people realize. Through massage, muscles can be relaxed and pain relieved. This in turn can help with improper posture that adds stress to the body, allowing us to move more freely and naturally. It also increases blood flow, stimulating endorphins which produce a natural sense of relaxation.
Further benefits show that it boosts immunity, detoxifies the body, lessens depression and anxiety, helps with sleep quality and even decreases high blood pressure. To improve your overall physical and mental wellbeing, schedule a massage whenever possible.
Whether you’re starting a fitness routine, choosing a stress-free business structure, or adopting a pet, you can be proud that you are taking steps to care for your mental and physical wellbeing. While your professional goals are important, engaging in self-care is what will make it possible for you to put your all into your dreams. So don’t ignore yourself even when you’re busy. Put your needs first and the rest will fall into place.
Sometimes we need someone to come alongside us to help us see our potential. If you want to reach your full potential in life or work, contact You Have Got the Power to set up a strategy session.