By Dylan Foster firstname.lastname@example.org
Many entrepreneurs work more than 40 hours a week, sometimes putting in closer to 60 or 70 hours or never fully stepping away from work at night and on the weekends. And unfortunately, these long working hours don’t leave a lot of extra time for self-care — especially when entrepreneurs are busy juggling their businesses with other responsibilities at home.
While making time for self-care isn’t always easy, it’s essential to the physical, mental, and emotional health of all entrepreneurs — as well as the long-term success of their businesses. Without self-care, entrepreneurs risk burnout, lack of productivity, anxiety, depression, low energy, muscle pain, and other physical, mental, and emotional issues.
To help busy entrepreneurs make time for self-care, the team at Yogaaah shares the following tips and strategies — helping business owners to care for their minds and bodies, even when doing so seems impossible.
1. Work Yoga and Meditation Into Your Day
Entrepreneurship is stressful, but self-care strategies like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help to calm the body and mind, reduce cortisol levels, and alleviate stress and anxiety. And according to Verywell Mind, the health benefits of yoga don’t stop there: Other benefits may include improved sleep quality, relief from allergy and asthma symptoms, and decreased tension in the muscles.
To help you develop a regular practice, Yogaaah offers online or onsite yoga, meditation, and stress-reduction workshops, as well as virtual sessions. With these onsite classes and workshops, you and your team can enjoy the many benefits of yoga — such as improved posture, energy, problem-solving abilities, and stress resilience. As another benefit of these onsite classes, corporate yoga can help to improve teamwork in the workplace, reduce sick leave, and boost employee satisfaction.
If you work from home or as a solopreneur, Yogaaah also offers online yoga videos that can be enjoyed whenever and wherever you’d like. Or you can find short meditations and breathing exercises if you only have a minute or two to spare each day.
2. Eat Mindfully
In addition to practicing yoga, deep breathing, and meditation, mindful eating is another effective self-care strategy that can easily be incorporated into your day. Eating isn’t optional, so why not turn this daily activity into a self-care practice for the body and mind? According to nutritionist Lianne Phillipson, mindful eating teaches you to slow down and focus on the present moment — and it can even help to improve your digestion, weight, and eating habits.
Here are some tips for transforming your mealtimes and becoming more mindful of the foods you’re consuming:
- Ditch your phone at mealtimes.
- Take a moment to appreciate each meal before diving in.
- Engage all your senses as you sit down to eat.
- Chew slowly and savour each bite.
3. Delegate Administrative Tasks
Yoga, meditation, and mindful eating are all great, but delegation is another lesser-known form of self-care. And by hiring a virtual assistant to handle some or all of your administrative tasks, you’ll have a lot more time for self-care and other non-work activities. Virtual assistants (also known as VAs) can help with everything from returning phone calls and emails to scheduling meetings and performing data entry. Plus, VAs are an affordable investment — as typical hourly rates range between $10 and $20. To find a qualified VA, check out freelance job boards. After creating an account and posting a job, you’ll receive proposals from qualified candidates in 24 hours or less.
Even if you’re short on time and energy, it’s imperative that you work one or more self-care strategies into your everyday routine. As a busy entrepreneur, self-care is essential to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being — as well as the long-term success of your business!
Are you interested in experiencing the company-wide benefits of corporate yoga classes? Contact the team at Yogaaah to learn about the onsite and online yoga, meditation, and stress-reduction workshops they offer.