Self-care is one of the three pillars important to a stress-free business and life. It is something that busy people often forget to pay attention to or don’t find the time to do to the level that would help them.
Getting the right level of self-care helps your mind and body deal well with whatever your business throws at you.
What is self-care?
Do you have an image of people sitting in silent meditation, or lying on a sunny beach? There is a big market out there for selling self-care, but it doesn’t have to be the big thing that social media tells us it is.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines self-care as:
The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
Under that description eating and sleeping are acts of self-care, as is brushing your teeth. Most people think these are basics and do them every day. What else are you already doing that fits the definition?
The thing about self-care is that, like most things in life, it is best done to suit your needs. There is no point in trying to meditate every day if it means you don’t have time to sleep. If you need 8 hours sleep but the only way to fit in a meditation is to get up an hour early what happens to your health in the long run?
Get the Basic Care Right
As a business owner it is important to get the self-care balance right. You can try fitting in all the ‘feel good’ self-care you like, but if you aren’t looking after the fundamentals your overall health will suffer.
Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, take care of your hygiene and get enough physical movement in your day to stay healthy.
Mental Health Self-Care
As well as the physical things mentioned above, don’t neglect the mental self-care. Take time to switch off from your stresses. Take time to think deeply about things, not just reactively. Feel the benefit of time with friends or family. Learn how to say no to people, including yourself.
If you want to reset the level of self-care in your life, get in touch. Working on this alongside the other two pillars, productivity and leadership, we can balance things and get your business and life stress-free.