Self Care 101: The Business Edition
Stress is the silent killer, and we don’t just mean to yourself. Your business is as much a living entity as you are, and is susceptible to the stress we all experience every day. But just because it’s always a threat, doesn’t mean you can’t control it.
Being aware of your own stress level is a key step in running a successful business. And while we've spoken before about the importance of taking a personal day, taking even just 15 minutes out of your work day to de-stress can give you the boost you need to fuel yourself.
We’ve put together some key ways to help keep you - and your business - stress-free.
1. Step Away
Taking 15 minutes for yourself to just simply get up and walk away can immensely improve your mood and head space. Whether you’re at a desk all day or out on the road, taking just 10-15 minutes for yourself to do anything else will definitely be a mental boost. Step away and listen to music, your favorite podcast, get a cup of coffee, step out into the fresh air, call a friend or spouse - whatever it is that makes you feel like you again.
Pro Tip: If podcasts are your thing, try How I Built This with Guy Raz. Each week, Guy interviews a successful entrepreneur of some top-tier companies - Away, Burt’s Bees, and even Instagram - treating listeners to an inspiring story of success, and failures.
2. To-Do or Not-To-Do
Make yourself a practical and fairly attainable to-do list. There are so many hours in a day, so many hours in a work day, and only so many hours you can possibly be functioning as effectively as possible. So rather than blowing all this brain bandwidth thinking about the millions of things you need to get done, simply write it out. Now, you can see the list in front of you and you can get the list out of your head. This way, you can focus on the task at hand and become more mindful during your workday.
Pro Tip: Our favorite to-do app is Google Keep. You can organize your notes with tags, or even color code them. Plus, there’s a web version and mobile app, so you can access it whenever it best suits you!
3. Soak in the Rays
If you’re stuck indoors all day, find time throughout the day to simply sit out in the fresh air and sunlight. The effect of the natural Vitamin D will help boost your overall mood, help keep you healthy, and even aid concentration.
Pro Tip: While nothing beats natural Vitamin D, supplements and multivitamins are an easy way to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. If you find it harder and harder to get outdoors, try a Vitamin D supplement each morning with your breakfast.
4. Don’t Forget to Breathe
Some of us easily forget this oh-so-simple one - breathe. We can be so focused and consumed at work that we don’t realize what shallow breaths we are actually taking throughout the day. Oxygen literally fuels our brains. If you take the time for 10-15 minutes to focus on deep breathing exercises (maybe with some light music), you might be surprised to find how much better, calmer, and relaxed you feel.
Pro tip: Calm is a great app that helps with guided meditations or timed breathing exercises. If you’re feeling stuck, give it a try!
5. Drink, Eat, and Be Merry
Speaking of fuel, eating healthy and nutritious foods that fuel you and give you lasting energy throughout the day are a great way to de-stress yourself. Heavy carbs can really be detrimental to your overall mental health for a work day, no matter how comforting they might feel in the moment. Try to eat lightly, but often. Healthy foods that “fill you up without slowing you down.”
Pro tip: Keep almonds, macadamia nuts, or a nut-blend close by. It’s the perfect balance of healthy fats and protein to keep you full and focused!
They weren't joking around when they said, “You can’t pour from an empty cup." This goes for you, your employees, and your business.