8 Tips for Self-Care for Business Owners

Retail Level Up welcomes guest contributor Marjorie Jones of Working Class WOW.

With an endless list of things to do, making time for yourself can be a challenge. Your well-being has likely taken a backseat in your life as you keep up with work and family obligations. Now’s the time to put yourself first and get your mind, body, and spirit back on track with these eight ways to look and feel great.

1. Have Fun While Exercising

If you have fun while you exercise, you’re more likely to stick with it. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes a day. Do what works for you, whether it’s taking a walk after dinner or joining a local Washington, D.C., gym. 

2. Clean Up Your Diet

The first step in looking good is feeling good, and how you feel starts with what you eat. Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to benefit from their vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals (which have anti-cancer properties), protein, and healthy fats.

3. Practice Daily Self-Care

Self-care isn’t just something you do when your body needs a rest — it’s something you need to practice every day. It can be as simple as drinking enough water or getting outside for fresh air, but those small acts of self-care are important. Make them part of your daily routine.

4. Connect With Nature

Connecting with nature can help you de-stress and live mindfully. Head outdoors and appreciate everything mature has to offer. If you need further inspiration, Earthlove offers botanicals, wildcrafted, and organic goods, as well as tips for strengthening your connections to the natural world.

5. Learn Something New Every Day

The more you learn, the better your chances of securing a higher-paying job. Learning something new can help alleviate some stress from your busy schedule — and it may even turn into a passion or hobby.

6. De-Stress at Work

Instead of complaining about work, focus on ways to change your attitude toward it. Try taking a walk around your office at lunchtime, listening to upbeat music before your morning meetings, and organizing your desk/office space in ways that inspire you. 

7. Boost Your Career

We never stop learning – and that goes double for business owners. Thanks to today’s technology, you can boost your career by gaining additional skills and knowledge through an online degree program. Best of all, you can earn your master’s while still working full-time or tending to family obligations. An online MBA program can give you skills in:

  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategic planning

Make sure you choose an accredited institution with reasonable tuition.

8. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is critical for physical, mental, and emotional health. If you’re feeling fatigued throughout your day, take a look at your sleep routine. Do you go to bed at a reasonable hour? Are you falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Maybe it’s time for some changes (beyond simply hitting snooze one more time).

Your Authentic Self

Despite your best efforts, you’re likely to have days when you feel less than perfect. By making time for healthy habits, you feel more confident in your skin and can focus on what matters most: making it through your day as your authentic self.

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