How to Practice Self Care as an Entrepreneur
In this article, you’ll learn how to practice self care as an entrepreneur! With these self care ideas, you will be able to practice a self care routine that will cover the essential seven aspects. We’ll go over easy self care tips that fit into your busy schedule!
Self-care is anything but a task on your to-do list. It is a mindset, a process.
For entrepreneurs, girl bosses, WAHMs, it’s easy to set our self care routines to be another task on our top 3 priorities we might get to...
I’ll even go as far to say that self care can feel like a major burden and inconvenience when it’s lumped in between driving home and grocery shopping.
It’s easy to set lofty expectations when you’re running your own business. You wouldn’t be an amazing, successful woman without your big goals, I get it!
Self care isn’t just another to-do. Your self care routine is made to support your goals, it’s made to support every aspect of you that goes into your schedule and lifestyle.
If you’re new to self care or unsure of how to begin, there’s a whole article dedicated to starting a self care practice that gives you the fundamentals to begin an uplifting, nurturing routine.
There’s a whole article dedicated to starting a self-care routine which is an easy to implement guide to getting your self care routine down to what matters the most: taking care of yourself in the best way possible.
With time being at the forefront of the many reasons why so many girl bosses find it hard to practice self care, this article is to help you to find your self care motivation and finally start implementing your wellness into your routine.
Benefits of Self Care
Self care is such a vast array of activities and each self care routine looks different from person to person.
To keep it simple, self care is the act of self-compassion where you treat yourself as you would treat others. Let’s take a look at the five pillars of self care that help support you.
Most self-care activities activate your parasympathetic nervous system. What this means is that your body goes into a restful, rejuvenating mode, helping it to fortify its immune system.
Better self-esteem and stronger self-confidence
When you regularly set aside time where the main focus is to be good to yourself and meeting your own needs, you begin to rebuild your self esteem by promoting positivity.
You begin to treat yourself like you matter and have true intrinsic value. This can go a long way toward discouraging negative self-talk!
When you learn how to set healthy boundaries and start prioritizing your own well-being, you begin to bring your goals into sharper focus.
More passionate, realistic goals begin to fill your planner and you begin to better concentrate on what you’re doing.
Increased self-awareness and self-knowledge
Practicing self-care requires thinking about what you really love to do.
The exercise of figuring out what makes you feel passionate and inspired can help you understand yourself a lot better.
Better equipped to take care of others
Self-care gives you the resources you need to be compassionate to others. When you’re positive with yourself, this begins to set the standard to be kind towards others.
Once your self-compassion begins looping throughout the day to yourself, this compassion will come more naturally when interacting with others.
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Daily Self Care Routines for Girl Bosses
One of the biggest hurdles I hear, and have struggled with, is the dreaded question: "How can I practice self care at all, let alone daily?”
As an entrepreneur, as a girl boss, your time is usually planned to the millisecond on what you’re doing. Back when I was just dreaming of days where I wasn't struggling to stay afloat, it seemed absolutely impossible.
I could barely remember to take a lunch break, how was I going to practice self care every day? But most of all, when?
It was during this moment, that it dawned on me. Bite sized pieces.
Not just for my big plan of having a balanced routine for self care but having small actions that didn't feel like something was looming. Not like another obligation that I had to do.
That's when I began to look at daily self care at the most basic, one-word level. What does self care mean to me? It means being happy, being fulfilled, being nurtured so I can take on the day.
Breaking down the definition into manageable levels helped me to look at everything that fell into the nurture category on a small, achievable scale.
My daily self care list wasn't just do yoga, it was "breathe deeply." It was "reach my arms up above my head" a few times a day.
When those small self care items became normal, then I dove into: "child's pose before bed" and "mountain pose in the shower."
Allowing yourself to work up to big goals will help you tremendously in being consistent with self care.
When you break down self care into small, "no-brainer" actions, you build your confidence to take another baby-step forward.
That's where your consistency and focus should hone in on. Focus on the just doing something that fulfills you, something that is just for you, each and every day.
Managing your Self Care Routine into Daily Practices
If you’re not sure where to start in your daily self care practice, remember to keep it simple. When you’re scheduled to the millisecond, I found that it helped me to break down my self care into four (or more!) broad categories and begin working from there.
As a girl boss, you know the importance of starting big and lofty and working your way down. This exercise is just as important with your self care routine.
With each category, there are five self care ideas that are small and manageable with any schedule. If something seems too looming on your busiest days, break down that idea into smaller categories.
Physical Self Care
Breathing deeply before going to bed
Taking a walk around the corner
Listening to music on your lunch break
Eating a health-focused snack
Spiritual Self Care
Guided journaling to reconnect to your true calling
Attending gatherings with other like-minded people
Staying still with your eyes closed once during the day
Refocusing your alignment through a quick self-discovery exercise
Mental Self Care
Practicing a positive affirmation
Reading a book that uplifts you
Reflecting on a specific choice from your past
Learning a new skill
Emotional Self Care
Mindfully observe without judgment
Have a creative outlet to express your emotions/feelings
Make a list of the things you feel gratitude towards
Find quiet time for yourself to reflect and settle your emotions
ENVIRONMENTAL Self Care
Picking up your laundry off of the floor
Going grocery shopping with a well thought out list
Slowly decluttering your wardrobe
Tidying up your desk after you’re done for the day
The Secret of Sticking to a Self Care Routine
Self care is all about you. No if’s, and’s, or but’s, it’s all about you and what works for you. In the list above, you do not have to follow all of them to be successful.
You can pick one, own it, and feel 100x’s better than before you started.
When you’re adding new self care ideas to your routine, ask yourself the most important question of: “how will this make me feel better?” Allow yourself to answer this honestly when you’re adding something to your routine.
If you add in something that you’re only lukewarm to, that feeling of overwhelm that you’re already feeling with feel 10x’s worse than before you started.
When your goal is to stick to a self care routine, look for self care ideas that fit your personality, lifestyle, and schedule. Some ideas take a lot of time and effort, which may not be the best for you right now. And that’s okay!
Self care doesn’t have to be a full day detox, it can be sitting by yourself in silence for 10 minutes. Listen to what your body and mind are leading you too. Sometimes the day’s self care could be going to bed an hour early because you’re tired.
Scheduling and planning are great and help a lot of successful people stick to their goals. But what you don’t need in your self care routine is rigidity and “rule-abiding.” Think of self care as the antidote for the things in your life that are like that.
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