We all start our business to have more flexibility and abundance. Howevence you start working for yourself, though, no-one else is responsible for your boundaries. That makes it so much harder to keep yourself from working 24/7 because there’s so much to do!
And it often just seems natural to prioritize your business now and figure that you’ll look after yourself later – once you become “successful”
Richard Branson said, “Entrepreneurs work 100 hours a week so they don’t have to work 40 hours for someone else.”
But you can’t live like that forever. It’s just not sustainable.
Self-care isn’t just about getting manicures and facials. It’s about giving yourself the time and space to live your life as a well rounded person.
It’s about treating yourself the way you’d treat your best friend.
The most common self-care mistakes that female entrepreneurs make include the following categories:
- Skipping meals, eating way too much junk food, or constantly hitting the caffeine to get you through the day.
- Going short on sleep, working late into the night (if you’re a morning person), or getting up way too early for client calls (if you’re a night person).
- Ignoring your body’s need to use the restroom because you “just need five more minutes to finish this job”.
- Discounting your inner alarm bells and taking on clients that you really don’t want to work with.
- Regularly standing up your friends or family to meet a business deadline.
- Giving up your hobbies and other non-work interests because you just “don’t have time”.
- Neglecting your prayer and quiet time.
- Forgetting to take time out to connect with God.
- Feeling as though you need to do everything yourself.
Here’s a fundamental truth: there’s only one resource that your business truly can’t do without, and that’s YOU.
If almost anything else in your business breaks down, you can find a way forward.
Deferring your self-care “until you become successful” is the quickest route to burn out. And the paradox is that it actually stops you from being
Here are a few practical self care strategies for you to try out.
1)Implement “no working” days.
2) Get clear on your working hours.
3) Implement boundaries with your clients.
4) Invest in some help.
5) Surround yourself with women who are kind to themselves.
Picture; Nowe Isibor