In our fast-paced, highly competitive world, being “stressed out” is one of the most common feelings. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to let stress become part of the daily routine. But, it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to stop accepting the high-stress lifestyle as “just the way it is.” 

You do not need to work 24/7, push, drive and grind until you break. It is possible to build a successful business with balance and wellness at the core.

Gallup found that 39% of the owners they surveyed worked over 60 hours a week. According to a study from OnDeck, just 57% of small business owners take vacations, and that vacation time tends to be far less than the traditional two weeks. Even when on vacation, 67% of small business owners will check work at least once a day.

So, to the busy, stressed-out, and overworked entrepreneur reading this, here are the tips for taking care of yourself without sacrificing your business success.

Start The Day Right With a Routine
If you start your day the minute you open your eyes in the morning, there is no doubt a bad day will come your way. 
Take time to start your day with a routine such as taking a shower, exercising, having a cup of coffee, and eating a healthy breakfast. These things are just basic morning routines that will give you the fresh start you need as a business owner.

Take Breaks 
Use your free time to go for a walk, enjoy a beverage, or spend a few minutes meditating. If you spend all day at a computer, make sure you’re adopting the 20/20/20 rule. Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes, and look at something 20 feet away.

Stay Organized 
Keeping things organized is also an act of self-care. How often do you get flustered when you can’t find what you want, especially when you need it ASAP? By sticking to an organized system, you’ll always be ready to go.

Cut Yourself Some Slack 
In life, we tend to be our own worst critics, which is stressful. We tend to say such negative things to ourselves and put extra pressure and strain on our shoulders when it’s not necessary. It’s time to change this and find methods to be kinder to ourselves. Acknowledge that you don’t have to be the best all the time, and if you have a bad day, you aren’t failing as a business owner.

Get Moving
Try to get some form of exercise every day. Exercise works wonders for releasing stress and clearing your head on a busy day. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, step away from your desk for a quick walk around the block or a 5-minute stretch. This will help you be more present during your post-work hours and improve your sleep at night. 

Delegate and Outsource
Outsource the things that drain your energy or take you out of your creative flow to a Virtual Assistant. With less stress, you can focus on innovation in your business, as opposed to worrying about smaller day-to-day tasks. When you’re feeling sick or close to burnout, don’t be afraid to lean even more on your VA. That’s what they are there for! Your business and your team of VAs can manage a day, a week, or even a month without you!

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