Stress with a Capital "S"

Being a business owner can be, to say the least, STRESSFUL. Whether you have employees yet or not, there’s a weight on your shoulders to succeed. Life can be stressful enough, and running your own business can compound the stress. I’m sure you’ve heard everyone and their cousin telling you to take time for “self care.” And while that’s all well and good, how? How are you supposed to find “time” when all your time goes to running a business and keeping your head above water? Easy, seriously! Do you have a favorite TV show? Watch it! Sit down, put your phone away and WATCH THE SHOW. Do you enjoy coffee? Drink it! Pour yourself a cup and sit down in your favorite chair. I think you see the trend. Find something small and manageable that brings you joy and do the thing.

It doesn’t have to be an entire day dedicated to spa treatments and relaxation. Not everyone has that kind of spare time, sometimes you have to take the small victories and find the 5, 15, or 30 minute thing that helps your brain relax and decompress, and just do it. Once a week, find your joy and give your brain a break. I’m sure you’re thinking, how do I shut my brain off when I’m trying to relax? And it might take time to find your “thing” that helps you shut your brain off and give it a break, but once you do, give yourself a break and let yourself enjoy that activity/TV show or beverage.

Don’t be afraid to let yourself enjoy the downtime. The work email can wait until tomorrow, social media comments won’t disappear if you don’t reply immediately. You are allowed to ignore outside noise. Self-care means finding something that brings you joy and giving yourself the grace to do it and not feel guilty about it. Eat the brownie, do the craft, read your book that’s been collecting dust for months while you try and “find” time. Make the time, put it on your calendar! Don’t be afraid, you had the guts to start your own business, you can overcome the fear of letting yourself find a peaceful moment. I promise that your business will not fail because you took an hour to yourself.

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