Any career has stressful moments, but this can be especially true for professionals who are cultivating or running their own business. Working late nights and worrying about tough decisions can cause both physical and mental strain.
As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Prioritising self-care isn’t an indulgence; it is a necessity. Caring for yourself doesn’t always mean a day at the spa or a week off work. Sometimes, it is the little things we do each day that best help us manage stress.
Exercise and Proper Nutrition
As the founder and CEO of a business in the fitness industry, I’m lucky to have my personal health be front-of-mind nearly all the time. However, that isn’t the case for many busy professionals. Waking up early to start your day with a walk or remembering to pack your lunch instead of ordering out is an adjustment. However, it’s an adjustment your body will thank you for by providing you with more energy and confidence throughout the day.
It may be tempting to work late when you need to finish a project or facilitate communication, but you should never sacrifice sleep for work. There should be a time gap between when you work and when you sleep. Otherwise, you may find yourself tossing and turning because you’re thinking about the email you just sent instead of focusing on peaceful thoughts that put your mind at ease.
Balancing Work and Life
Achieving a healthy work-life balance is something all professionals struggle with at some point in their career. It is especially challenging for parents who know that time spent working is time they could otherwise be spending with their children. To start, it helps to physically schedule time in your day for the activities you enjoy. Family events, hobbies and sports give you much-needed time away from the office to recharge.
Asking for Help
There’s no shame in admitting that you are stressed. A support system is essential for maintaining a positive mind space, whether it be comprised of friends, family, others in your industry, or a combination. Additionally, you may find that support for your business will take a weight off your chest. Delegating tasks can allow for your work to get done without taking all your time and energy.
If work-related stress is taking a toll on your mental or physical health, it may also be useful to consult a medical professional who can give you advice specific to your situation.
The pursuit of success is an intrinsic part of life for those with an entrepreneurial mindset, but it should never get in the way of happiness and mental peace.