When you are in business for yourself, time just seems to slip away and you end up putting your self care last or on the back burner. Hardly realizing that by not practicing regular self-care and recharging your batteries often, you are setting yourself up to crash and burn.
From a business standpoint, self care is essential in creating a successful business. You have to be in the business of putting yourself first so you can be the best at what you do. You can start by taking small steps like exercising regularly, eating well and getting enough sleep.
When was the last time you slept late, pampered yourself, treated yourself to a 30-min massage, had a lazy day, or just let your hair down without a care in the world?Â Successful entrepreneurs know that self care is essential in creating a successful business. Kathy Santini, a leading authority on success principles, explains why .
I’ll be the first to admit that I need to incorporate more exercise into my overall self-care regimen. But I DO shop, read, garden, take in live concerts, dance, sing, visit my hair stylist, and get manis and pedis on a regular basis. Most recently, I went to a live Eric Benet’ concert at the Trade & Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. I was ready for some down time, everyone was dressed to impress (I love dressing up), and the socializing and dancing were great! I even ran into a few colleagues I had not seen in quite some time and we decided to have lunch in the very near future.
l-r: Alesha, Sharon Kelly (hostess of Eric Benet’ concert event), and Me
Eric Benet” performing live with his band
A few weeks prior, I attended a live concert in Dalton, GA featuring Soprano Jennifer Sparks. I enjoyed learning about concert etiquette and listening to Jennifer’s lovely soprano voice. It was very captivating!
l-r: Me & Jennifer Sparks
Soprano Jennifer Sparks accompanied by pianist Kris Carlisle
Such activities allow me to let my hair down and break away from my business for a little while. When I return to work I am always refreshed and recharged. Plus, the way I see it…I work hard so I deserve to play HARD! It makes me a better me!
Are you a successful entrepreneur who follows a regular self-care regimen? What does your self-care regimen include? Share your story and join the discussion.
About the Author:
Katrina Chesney is Founder & President of Portable Hands , a Virtual Assistance firm that provides leverage for small businesses.