Many entrepreneurs say they “don’t have time” for self care. We should challenge this and say it is not a lack of time that is the issue but a lack of priority. For many business owners, the business comes first or draws a tie with their family because it is so much a part of them and what they experience. The problem with this is that they forget that in order to truly be at their best and give their all to anything, be it the business or their family, they need to have something to give. If you’re not looking after yourself, what chance do you have of being able to effectively look after others?
The hardest part of self care for most entrepreneurs is overcoming the mental obstacle of “I’ll take care of me once XYZ is done.” The flaw here is that XYZ outcome will be that much less than it could have been simply because you haven’t got what’s needed to make it great. Lack of sleep, no down time, pressures from family and friends for your time, all of these drain energy from you that needs to be replaced at some point and the best way to this is to have scheduled down time. Now some of this can involve friends and/or family but make sure you’re allowing time for you to be alone and just doing something for you and only you.
One of our clients makes a point of having a personal long weekend every months. This consists of them leaving their home environment and staying somewhere that resonates with them on a personal level. They don’t interact on social media, posting what they are doing and where they are doing it, and they also make a point of disconnecting their phone from the internet so they can only receive calls and text messages. Over these three or four days just do things for them. Massages, catch up on their reading, indulge a creative hobby and anything else that revitalises them physically, mentally and spiritually.
This might seem a bit extreme to some business owners or they might say that they can’t afford to be out of their business for that long. The reality is you can’t afford NOT to be doing something like this for yourself. Maybe it’s only twice a year or maybe only a day or two but the bottom line is you cannot expect incredible results from a depleted source. When was the last time you actually did something for yourself that was not related to your business, your family or others? If you can’t remember, then it’s been too long and you need to start making time for you.
This article was prepared by Ant Ulijn, Social Media Extraordinaire and Values Alignment Expert from emanation. If you found this information useful, please comment below and make sure you like us on Facebook for more great content like this.