You can only give what you have. If you are happy, you can carry that happiness into your business space. If your customers experience the value you bring from a place of happiness and joy, they are even more excited to pay you for your product or services. For this reason, Self care is an inevitable practice for entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, you are “the” individual behind the idea. You operate the business and regulate the atmosphere in your space. Self care is your first priority.
Self care transcends
The Covid-19 pandemic showed us that when your health is threatened, operating your business or making money will become a secondary issue. It is time to embed Self care in your lifestyle. I have had my fair share of experience when it comes to overworked entrepreneurs. With two kids and lots of projects, I literally worked myself to burnout. Check out my video about my experience. Today, so many people suffer from burnout. Your environment can lead you to burnout. If you keep a toxic environment, be it in relationships, work, living, social etc, they can affect your daily stress level.
A short intro to burnout
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. This type of Burnout exhaustion is caused by prolonged stress. And mind you stress is not only external, it can be internal or physiological. Your over-engagement (Stress) could lead to disengagement (Burnout). You have that feeling that you cannot meet the demands anymore, you feel constantly overwhelmed. Burnout often happens gradually that you hardly notice it, except when it is already acute. I am not a medical expert but a certified nutrition and fitness coach, so I cannot give you specific medical advice. However, it is important to get medical advice and support when you begin to notice these signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of burnout
- Feeling tired and drained most of the time.
- Consistent headaches and muscle pains
- Strong sense of failure and self-doubt.
- Demotivation and lack of inspiration very often.
- Feeling of loneliness and trapped.
- Procrastination and taking ages to get stuff done.
- Decreased cognitive ability. We will talk about cognitive ability in future blogs, so remember to subscribe.
These are just a few to watch out for. Contact your medical supporter when you experience more of these listed above.
Self care can help you prevent burnout.
Many might not want to try on conventional therapy. I recommend this as early as possible. But if you feel more connected to the traditional way of therapy which is to talk to friends, your hairdresser and spiritual guardian about issues that increase your stress levels, then do this often. But here are some daily practices you can begin today to reduce your stress level.
Reevaluate what is priority to you. As an entrepreneur, you might always want to get things done and fast. Sometimes, it just does not happen. What is priority? What does your relationships with family, friends, partners, employees look like? Can you invest more quality into building them stronger?
Quiet the noise.
When I say the noise, I am referring more to the internal noise. Internally, that racing mind of yours, that plays out all possible negative seniors has to find some resting time. In ancient Africa and even today, quieting internal noise is extremely significant. Rituals were integrated as simple doable practices community members employed to quiet the “thinking mind”. Meditation (Seated Meditation, Lay meditation, Dew-walk/bath), rhythmic dance (movement – exercise), sound therapy, worship and offerings, ceremonial gatherings, praying (gratitude prayers etc.), chatting and mantra sessions and many more techniques have been employed for thousands of years in Africa to achieve that oneness with oneself and quiet the mind.
Find what works for you. I will share more practices on my platform and take you on a journey to learn these African spiritual practices, showing you how you can integrate them into the modern times of entrepreneurship. Not to miss out, remember to get our newsletter.
Eat to stay healthy.
As easy as it sounds, it is one of the most difficult things to do in our society today. Life is fast paced and filled with extravagant options. If you have disposable income, you purchase and consume. If you are not disciplined, “consume for instant gratification” becomes your new religion. Very often you eat till you want to explode, especially if that food has a combination of sugar and fat. Be wise! Unhealthy food is everywhere. Healthy eating demands that you go the extra mile now to source chemical-free ingredients, prepare the food consciously and eat mindfully to activate a healthy digestion process.
Self care is not to be slim fit
It is not about being thin. It is about how you feel climbing those stairs, walking that distance, sitting down, lying down. Stretch exercises will help to increase the elatistcily of your joints. But food too plays an important part. Self care will reshape how you do business. You become more aware about the business decisions you make, you treat your colleagues and in short, the whole business pace. It is wise to get more people in your space familiar with self care so that you all thrive supporting one another. Please do share this blog and use it as a resource to educate more people around you. And believe me, if you have kids, start taking them along now. It is easier to learn these life important practices when still young. Have fun practicing!