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In fact, you might need it even more, especially if you’re also raising a family. Finding the time for self-care can prove to be difficult if you’ve got a busy schedule that doesn’t seem to let up.
But with the right tools, resources and information, you can enjoy the luxuries of relaxation without breaking the bank.
Here are five ways to help you get there.
1. Use technology to your advantage
We’ve got smartphones, smart devices, and even smart homes. Use that technology to your advantage when it comes to running your business and raising your family. For instance, instead of dragging yourself to the grocery store, order your groceries via InstaCart and have them delivered. Instead of running down to the office supply store, get your office supplies delivered. You can get practically anything delivered virtually anywhere for a minimal fee.
Take a look at a few apps that can help you simplify your life:
- PocketGuard – helps keep your budget in check
- Big Oven – a collection of more than 350,000 recipes
- Door Dash or Uber Eats – get your fast food delivered
- Freshbooks – makes managing your business finances easier
- Staples App – get your office supplies delivered
- Addappt – makes it easier to manage your business contacts
- Skype – a free messaging platform
- Rescue Time – helps you track the time you’ve spent on each application and website
- Trip It – helps you organize and consolidate your travel plans
- Care.com App – gets you a sitter with a background check
2. Read a book for 15-20 minutes each day.
Reading a book that helps keep you in a positive state of mind can tremendously improve your life. Plenty of successful business men and women commit to reading several books a month – books that help improve their mental state of mind.
If you’re still not sure you’d have the time to read a book, try Blinkist, which lets you read the key lessons from more than 3,000 nonfiction books in 15 minutes or fewer.
Or you could go the audiobook route and get a free trial of Audible and listen to your books as you exercise or make the kids’ lunches for the week.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to go this route. You could opt instead for a steamy romance novel if that’s more your cup of tea. Whatever makes you happy and keeps you relaxed.
3. Set both personal and professional priorities
As much as we hate to admit it, at times, our business can interfere with (and often take precedent) over our family time or household duties.
Running a business from home can be incredibly stressful, which is why it’s best to set separate priorities – one set for your personal life and one set for your business.
That way, you can tackle your most important priorities on both ends and you don’t have to feel guilty at the end of the day that you neglected to fix the kids a healthy meal while you perfected a project for a client.
Use a long sticky pad, the “Notes” app in your phone, or download an app made specifically for staying organized.
4. Plan vacations in advance
A lot of entrepreneurs have it in their heads that they have to hustle constantly in order to see real results. But that’s just not true. In order to be at your best self always, taking breaks – especially extended ones – can put you in a better headspace and give you the chance to rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body.
And once you do get back to work, you’ll be in better shape to get back to producing high-quality work. Plan your vacations six months to a year in advance by using an app like TripIt or Google Trips to help you plan your trips out, including your itinerary and reservations for your hotel, flight and rental car.
Knowing in the back of your mind that you’ve got your vacation all planned out can put you at ease, which can help you perform better for your clients.
5. Plan your meals every week
Taking care of yourself means eating right. Planning your meals at the start of each week can help you trim down some prep time and give you the opportunity to really think about what you’re putting into your body (and your kids’ bodies).
Self-care includes looking after your health. With an app called Mealtime, you can plan your meals every week, making it easier to do your grocery shopping.
Or, if you’d rather have your meals delivered, try Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, or Purple Carrot. All of these services deliver fresh ingredients right to your door every week along with recipe cards to help you easily prepare each meal. They range in price so figure out what you can reasonably afford.
BONUS: Schedule daily 20-minute meditation sessions.
Mediation is a great way to clear your mind and it’s easier than ever to meditate these days.
You can always use an app for guided meditation or lookup a guided meditation session on YouTube.
Apps like Headspace and Calm can help you squeeze a 20-minute mediation session into your very busy day. Even if you can’t do it every single day, mediating a few times a week can have a tremendously positive impact on your health, as studies have shown time and again.
Meditation has the following benefits:
- Promotes emotional health
- Controls anxiety
- Decreases blood pressure
- Improves self-awareness
- Helps control pain
- Increases attention span
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
Finding the time to meditate can make a huge difference in your life. Consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine. Get up a little earlier if you have to.
I’ve been aiming to get up at about 7am each morning (Granted, I don’t always make it out of bed, but the important thing is that I consistently try…and you should, too.)
Self-care is important for everyone, especially entrepreneurs because we’re often juggling much more than usual, especially if we also happen to be parents. Balancing your me-time with your we-time can be significantly less headache-inducing with the above tips in mind.
Download some of the apps mentioned above to make it easier to squeeze in a little self-care every day, regardless of how busy you are running errands, picking up and dropping off the kids, or hosting client meetings.
What are some ways you indulge in self-care? Let us know in the comments.