Being an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle. You’re running from meeting to meeting, scrambling to finish proposals and projects while simultaneously walking the dog or getting your kids on the school bus. The concept of self-care is like a faint memory of something you used to have time for- something wistful and associated with your youthful, pre-business owning days. Making time for everyone and everything else has taken precedent over your own care and you suddenly feel very, very tired.
Making time for yourself is crucial for everyone, but especially for those of us who wear approximately one million hats each day. You simply cannot give all of yourself to everyone if you don’t put some of your energy back into you. That being said, self care looks different for each person and I wanted to share a couple of my favorite ways to relax and indulge in myself.
Indulge in a bit of beauty.
By no means am I what someone would call a beauty maven. I struggle to get my eyeliner to look even, I sort of sweep on eyeshadow haphazardly, and I always smudge my nail polish because I’m too impatient to wait for it to fully dry. Regardless, I LOVE playing with this stuff and doing so is about no one but myself.
Spending 20 minutes putting on a face of makeup in the middle of the day (even if it’s just to wipe it right off), spending an extra 10 minutes relaxing with a face mask and magazine, or taking an extra long lunch and getting pedicures with your best friends; it doesn’t get much more self-indulgent than that.
Take some time for yourself.
This isn’t everyone’s go to for regenerating. Many people I know would describe themselves as extroverts have a tough time with “alone time”. For those extroverted friends, it’s easy to forget how important it is to just be with yourself sometimes. Even for those of us who don’t recharge your batteries that way.
As an “extroverted introvert,” I like being around friends, but do usually need a couple of quiet days mixed in there. Being by yourself can be a really powerful experience; anything from going to see a movie alone, or enjoying lunch with just yourself and a good book. Bonus if you can go the whole “you time” experience without scrolling around on your phone.
Not necessarily in the literal sense, but working with your hands--building, creating, designing--can be incredibly beneficial in refueling. Personally, I like to cook or bake (my favorite thing recently is this blueberry french toast bake!). Because it's totally unrelated to my work, baking exercises my creative muscles in a different way.
I have friends and colleagues who like to garden, write poetry, or who enjoy creating sassy needlepoints. Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, make time for it. Give yourself the space to create just for yourself.
No matter how you choose to do it, and whether you work a 9-5 or you work for yourself (or a combination of both), self-care is a crucial element of preventing both physical and emotional burn-out. So don’t wait for time to present itself; make time and indulge in yourself!
all photos courtesy of the author
Addicted to Sharpies and sketchbooks, Mary Elizabeth has always been a creative at heart. She discovered her passion for helping entrepreneurs and local brands find their voice and amplify it; whether through brand photography, social media marketing, blogging or live events. She excels at capturing the essence of a company, and translating that into exciting, and unique brand messaging and experiences, and she can't wait to work with you!
Connect with her at @ItsMaryElizabeth or visit Mary Elizabeth Creative on the web.