Ahh, entrepreneurship. So many of us start running our own businesses looking for freedom, greater work-life balance, and the chance to live a happier life. It’s then something of a reality hit when being your own boss looks more like late nights alone at your laptop, waking up at 3am in a cold sweat worrying you’ve forgotten to pay a contractor, and answering client requests at all hours of the day and night. It doesn’t have to be this way, of course, and for many of us it’s not, but entrepreneurship is also an unpredictable journey that sometimes has us working overtime in fear of not having any work next month. Let’s look at 4 ways you can practise self-love as an entrepreneur — no matter how busy you are.
Prioritise your health
As the saying goes, “health is wealth.” This is something entrepreneurs need to remember more than anyone — not least because some of us start businesses in the pursuit of exactly that. When you’re in a very busy period, it’s easy to sacrifice your daily park walk, or your gym session, or your lie-in because you just have to get back to your desk. Newsflash: when you run a business, you just have to get comfortable with the fact that you’ll never make it to the end of your to-do list. There’s always something else to be done — more marketing, website tweaks, a possible rebrand… Practise self-love by always prioritising your health. Get enough sleep, and find ways of working movement into your day, whether that’s a lunchtime stroll with a podcast, or a morning swim to get you ready for the day.
Celebrate the small wins
Without a boss giving you regular appraisals, it’s hard to keep tabs on how we’re actually doing as entrepreneurs. That means that our wins can often fall under our own radars — there’s always something new that we want to achieve. You don’t have to make the Forbes 30 Under 30 List — signing a new client, getting great feedback on a project, or completing a short course you’ve enrolled in are all worth a celebration. Schedule in a monthly review session to look over your wins, and then take the afternoon off and go for a champagne tea with friends — or simply relax in the bath with a book.
Give yourself time to rest
Hustle-porn is everywhere, and it’s neither realistic nor healthy. Most of us have other commitments in life, and wouldn’t be able to be at the gym at 4am if we wanted to (not that we do…). It’s time to start normalising rest — after all, as anyone who’s unfortunately reached burnout knows, it’s impossible to get work done once you’ve pushed yourself over your limit. Avoid reaching that stage by scheduling in regular rest, whether that’s starting work a little later once a week or grabbing a regular afternoon coffee with a friend.
As humans, we like working towards goals. What have you had on your wishlist for a while, but never quite considered yourself worth spending that money on? Maybe you’ve been lusting after one of those micro-handbags, or you’ve been dreaming of taking your husband for a couples massage at your local spa. Pick something you’d really enjoy, and start saving. See it as a way of saying ‘well done’ to yourself — you work so hard, and you deserve a treat!
About your author
Phoebe is Found & Flourish’s resident Business blogger, she is London-born and Frankfurt-, Paris- and Amsterdam-raised. Combining her Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship with 10 years writing for international publications, she’s the founder of BURO155 and Wellby, helping female entrepreneurs achieve their business goals through strategic online content. Phoebe is also a writer, and has written for outlets including the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the Next Web, For Working Ladies and Restless Magazine.
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