There’s a delicate dance going on inside the strong, resilient entrepreneur. It’s called balance.
When I began running my own business, I realized I’m responsible for it all. That kind of grind can only last so long and, eventually, I found it more and more challenging to keep up the pace. I’m not the only one. New business owners, pumped up from starting off may even begin to feel deflated like someone is slowly letting the air out of your tires. The creativity will slowly be replaced with frustration followed by fatigue and a drop in motivation.
One of the most important pieces of our business strategy has to be an intentional self-care plan. We can’t kid ourselves into thinking we can just add a leisure day whenever we like. I know if I’m starting to fizzle or finding the Monday morning blues showing up on Sunday night, it’s time to take action.
Changing a rut or routine is hard, period. Yes, being an entrepreneur means challenging yourself. It’s still a tough mindset change to acknowledge you’re the only one that can give you permission and make the shift to improve your body, mind and spirit.
Here are some ways we can use self-care to increase and maintain our motivation through the week:
Our feet are one of the most sensory parts of our body and once you touch the earth, it will help disrupt busy thoughts and may help with supporting body discomfort and healing. It can be quite meditative and relaxing. If walking barefoot is not quite your cup of tea, then lean against a tall tree and breathe deeply. I know it sounds whoo-hoo but really, it’s a lovely experience and a healthy way to take a break.
Take Time to Smell the Plants
Or, like me, essential oils. I’ve been using naturally sourced oils for the healthy support of my body, mind and environment for over 25 years. Before I begin work, I set up and turn on my diffuser. I add a couple of drops of oil that help with focus, alertness and keeping the air fresh and clean. Sometimes, I’ll use a drop or two along with a carrier oil in my hands and enjoy the scent for a quick burst. Aromatherapy and the use of scent within workplaces for mood, behaviour and performance have been well documented. It’s an enjoyable way to reduce stress, shift a mood swing and increase your productivity.
Take a Siesta
Are you getting enough sleep? This is the number one key to optimum health, motivation and success in your business. Most entrepreneurs struggle with this one, plagued by mind traffic, working late and not using a proper sleep ritual. Consider taking a short mid-day nap or siesta. This practice has long been employed in a variety of countries where they close up their businesses, have lunch followed by a brief nap. Even just taking 20-minutes could boost your mental alertness, productivity and a whole host of other benefits.
If you haven’t discovered the hidden benefits of doodling or drawing, I’d recommend it. If you’re a professional stick man artist and want to expand your techniques, one of my faves is Sketchbook Skool. This online community is full of lovely people that enjoy drawing, no talent measured and there are online courses to take with inspiration abound. Other forms of creativity can be watching a Ted Talk, reading a book or listening to a few tunes or an episode of your favourite podcast. Fifteen minutes of creativity will help supercharge your brain and improve your mental clarity.
It seems contrary that doing all these ‘non-work’ things will actually help you get more work done.
Take time for self-care is my surefire advice for staying motivated as an entrepreneur. It will help replenish and rebalance, and help you build momentum for your projects. On top of all this, I recommend using the right tools in your business along with improving your skills and taking time to plan your week (and sticking to the schedule) to help with keeping your motivation levels up.
Tough, yes, but the benefits in the long term will be worthwhile.
I help entrepreneurs and business owners just like you keep pressing forward to achieving a balanced lifestyle. Our virtual partnership can help you focus on your zone of genius while I help with the day-to-day of your business, giving you more time for self-care and the things that matter the most. Learn more.
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