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3 Reasons Self-Care is Vital To Your Success as an Entrepreneur

3 Reasons Self-Care is Vital to Your Success as an Entrepreneur. Krista Dickson | Self-Care | Manifesting | Business

When you start a business, self-care is usually the first thing that goes out the window (am I right or amiright?). Cooking healthy meals, working out every day, taking a bubble bath in the evening… Nope, sorry, not happening, too much work to do (“Bubble bath? I barely have time to shower these days!”).

And I get it. I totally, totally do.

But here’s the thing. Taking care of yourself — and I mean really taking care of yourself, mind, body and soul — is one of the biggest keys to your success as a business owner and creative entrepreneur.

Self-care and entrepreneurship might seem unrelated, but I think by the end of this post, you’ll be looking at self-care in a completely different light. My hope is that you’ll begin treating it as something that’s a non-negotiable in your life and business.

In this post, I’ll share:

  • How I define “self-care” and what it encompasses
  • 3 reasons self-care needs to be a necessity in your life and biz
  • My top tips for making more time in your busy schedule for self-care
  • 3 of my current favorite self-care activities

 

Let’s dive in!

What is Self-Care?

Self-care means different things to different people. To me, self-care means taking care of your whole self  (mind, body, and soul) in ways that feel good to you. I believe that self-care is a very personal thing and that one person’s self-care practices can look drastically different than another’s.

Chances are, before you became an entrepreneur you incorporated self-care activities into your daily routine without thinking twice about it. Date night with your man. Drinks with your girlfriends on the weekend. An at-home mani on a lazy Sunday evening.

At the time, these activities served as an escape from your day job, something to look forward to, the things you did to unwind and “get away from it all”.

But when you’re an entrepreneur, your “job” is literally everywhere. There’s no escaping it. It sinks into every spare inch of your life, filling in the gaps and holes, lingering on your mind even when you wish it wouldn’t.

I think this is why our self-care so often falls on the back burner as entrepreneurs (especially in the early days). As your life begins to revolve around your business and you become wrapped up in your busy entrepreneurial lifestyle, something has to go or you’ll never have enough time in the day to get everything done. Sayonara, self-care!

Hustle + Lack of Self-Care = Burnout

I’m a perfect example of this.

In my third month of entrepreneurship, I was determined to create and launch my first online course. I started working 12-hour days and “weekends off” became a thing of the past. I stopped going to the gym, began eating takeout all the time, and wasn’t spending any time with my friends, family, or boyfriend.

Without meaning to, I had become the, “Bubble bath? You’re kidding me, right? I barely have time to shower these days!” person.

But here’s the thing. When we work ourselves to the bone and neglect to take proper care of ourselves, we eventually run into a wall. Something that makes us stop, slow down, and reevaluate. For me, that “wall” was the big period of burnout I sunk into as soon as I’d launched my first course and had a minute to step back and breathe.

By the time I launched that course, I was so exhausted (mentally, emotionally, and physically) that I was nearly comatose. But for some reason, I couldn’t sleep. My mind was still going a hundred miles a minute, even though my body wanted to remain in sloth-mode forever.

I know I’m not the only entrepreneur who’s hustled their way right into burnout, breakdown, and exhaustion. In fact, it seems to be the norm nowadays rather than the exception, but it doesn’t have to be.

Self-Care for Entrepreneurs: 3 Reasons to Make it a Non-Negotiable

Self-care needs to be an ingrained part of your daily life and routine as a creative entrepreneur. Taking care of yourself has to take priority over everything else (friends, family, and especially your business). Here’s why.

Reason #1. When we practice self-care, we perform better & achieve more.

Ever heard the expression, “You can’t pour from an empty cup?” It rings so true for us entrepreneurs. When we aren’t filling ourselves up first, we can’t put our best foot forward and when we can’t do that, we hold our businesses back from reaching their full potential.

On the other hand, when we make time to take care of ourselves by eating healthy foods, moving our bodies, spending time with loved ones, and working less hours in our business in order to have more downtime, we’re able to:

  • Produce higher-quality work
  • Be more creative (when creating content, solving problems, etc.)
  • Show up and serve our audience more fully
  • Generate more ideas and better ideas to move our business forward

Simply put, we function better (both as entrepreneurs and as human beings) when we make self-care a part of our regular routine.

Reason #2. A lack of self-care can have disastrous consequences.

Re-read my story about my first course launch above and the resulting burnout and you’ll see what I mean. I wasn’t able to show up fully during that launch or serve my new students to the best of my ability simply because I was in such rough shape afterwards.

Entrepreneurship definitely comes with its own unique set of stresses and challenges (financial uncertainty, self-doubt, anxiety), and when we stop taking care of ourselves, these stressors can quickly turn into serious mental health issues.

This article from News.com.au found that “24 percent {of entrepreneurs} had become physically unwell due to stress exacerbated by the weight of responsibility they were under.” Yikes! That’s a scary stat.

If we don’t start taking better care of ourselves, eventually our mental and physical health might just force us to take a step back and do some serious personal work before we’re able to show up and work in our businesses again.

Reason #3. To create your dream life and business, you need to embody your future self NOW.

Listen closely for this one, because it’s important.

If you keep telling yourself that “one day” you’ll get a gym membership and commit to working out every day…

And “one day” you’ll be able to afford organic food and have the time to cook healthy meals at home…

And “one day”, when your business has blown up and you’re a multi-millionaire, you’ll start booking yourself in for weekly massages…

That “one day” is never. going. to. happen!

Because the universe just doesn’t work like that. Everything that happens in our universe is based on energy, and the energetic vibration you put out determines the quality of things, people, and experiences that come back to you (more on that topic in this post on manifesting for entrepreneurs).

In short, the best way to create your dream life and dream business is to start living that dream lifestyle right now.

If you want to become a millionaire, you need to begin embodying your future millionaire-self starting now. Ask yourself, “How would my future millionaire-self live and work?”.

Would she make time for yoga and for relaxing walks by the beach? Would she prioritize her health, nutrition, and fitness over her business? Hell yea, she would!

Would she work 16-hour days until she hits a wall and completely burns out? Um, nope, she wouldn’t. And that means neither should you.

To create a beautiful, abundant, successful business and life, you need to become an energetic match for the things that you desire. And that means embodying your rich, healthy, happy future-self — the one who prioritizes self-care above her business — today, and every day moving forward.

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How to Make More Time for Self-Care

When you’re a busy entrepreneur with a never-ending to-do list, how are you supposed to find time to practice yoga, get a mani-pedi, or meet up with your girlfriends for lunch?

You might be hoping I have some magical formula I’m going to share with you, like a way to add an extra two hours into your day or a strategy to get your work done faster so that you free up more time for self-care. But that’s not what this is about.

This is about getting comfortable taking time away from your business to focus on you.

If you’ve been trying to grow your business with a traditional, “hustle ’til you make it” approach, this might sound counterintuitive. I mean, the less time I spend working, the less money I make, right?

But when you adopt a soulful approach to entrepreneurship — what I call the “heart-over-hustle” business method — you begin to understand that the number of hours you spend working in your business has no relation to the amount of money you bring in.

Money is energy. Clients are energy. Focusing on your energetic vibration and becoming a perfect match for the life and business you desire is the quickest, easiest, most feel-good way to grow your business and step into that dream life.

3 of My Current Self-Care Practices

As I mentioned earlier, self-care is a highly personal thing. It’s up to you to find the activities, exercises, and routines that make you feel like your best, healthiest, most vibrant self, and then to carry them out. Pencil these activities into your calendar or day planner if you need to! Whatever you have to do to make sure they actually happen.

Experts say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit, and self-care is no exception. Commit to your self-care routine for the next few weeks, watch the transformation in your life and business unfold, and I promise – you’ll never want to go back to how you were living and working before.

If you’d like a bit of inspiration to jazz up your own self-care routine, here are three self-care activities I’m currently loving.

1. Yoga

Every day I make an effort to practice yoga for at least 30 minutes. I’m still in the “beginner” stage, so I love following along with YouTube videos to guide me through a flow or focus on a specific type of yoga or movement. Yoga with Adrienne’s videos are my forever favorite.

2. Shorter Work Days

I spend a maximum of six hours per day working in my office, and it’s often less than that. I choose to work a shorter work day because:

  • I’m more productive with a shorter workday because then I make every minute count
  • I became an entrepreneur because I wanted the time freedom that came with it, so goshdarnit I’m going to enjoy my time freedom
  • A shorter workday helps me become an energetic match for my future self (the lady who only works 10-20 hours per week)

 

3. My 6-Step Morning Routine

I talk more about my magical morning routine in this post, but I truly can’t express how big of an impact these six little steps have on my energy, mindset, and mood every single day.

Whether your morning routine involves reading, enjoying your morning coffee, going for a walk with your dog, meditating, or anything else that makes you feel good, find a routine that you love, write it down, and stick to it for the next 21 days.

To learn more about morning routines and set about creating your own, be sure to check out my full guide on magical morning routines here.

Choosing Your Self-Care Activities

Remember: Self-care doesn’t have to be hard or crazy complicated. It just has to feel good to you and nourish your soul, and sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

Over to you, beautiful. Are you struggling to make time for self-care? What are some quick and easy activities you could do this week to take better care of yourself? Let me know down below and then be sure to pencil those activities into your calendar or day planner.

 

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3 Reasons Self-Care is Vital to Your Success as an Entrepreneur. Krista Dickson | Self-Care | Manifesting | Business

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  1. Alee - The Beautified Life Blog

    June 1st, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Love the new website! And I agree – self-care has gotta be the #1 thing us entrepreneurs leave by the wayside.
    It’s so crucial though as you pointed out.
    Burn out is definitely NOT good for business! lol.
    Can’t wait to keep reading your posts on this blog. <3
    Alee

  2. Krista

    June 2nd, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks so much for reading, girl! And I totally agree: burnout is SO not good for business. Hopefully we can hold each other accountable to this whole “self-care” thing 😉

  3. amy

    June 13th, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    My self care routine this week includes using the rest of my gorgeous rose petals before Mother Nature takes them away until next year! Rose petal jam, rose infused honey, rose vinegar, & rose elixirs are all on the drawing board. I find time with nature to be soothing, & my dog Jake makes a wonderful foraging partner! 🙂

  4. Krista

    June 14th, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    That sounds gorgeous, Amy! Being out in nature is just the best. I love taking walks down by the beach with my partner every evening in the summer because I find it so therapeutic. It really puts my mind at ease!

    Thanks for reading, beautiful <3 xx