Practicing Self-Care While Running a Home Business

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Self-care is essential, especially in the modern world where most of us feel stressed out at least some of the time. Self-care means different things to different people. But, it is basically putting yourself first sometimes. It’s committing time to take care of your mental and physical health and finding ways to give yourself what you need to be happy and healthy. 

When you run a home business, it’s hard to take any time for yourself. You might find that you’ve got no work-life balance at all. That your business has totality taken over and that you struggle to take any time off at all, let alone make time to practice self-care. You might commit any time you have to your business, thinking about it or worrying about problems even when you aren’t working. This can be damaging, both for you and ultimately, your business. So, let’s take a look at some ways that you can practice self-care when you work from home. 

Get Some Help

Running a home business doesn’t mean that you have to do everything for yourself. You could outsource work to other companies and freelancers. You can learn more about managed IT services and support, so that you have less to worry about. You could even hire an assistant, even if it’s just someone to help out when you are very busy. Explore your options, and don’t ever feel as though you have to do it all yourself because it’s your business. 

Exercise

Exercise has so many benefits. But, it’s often one of the things that go out of the window when we start working from home. Suddenly we don’t need to walk to the office, and we can sit and work on the sofa in our pajamas if we want to. But, failing to exercise doesn’t just affect your weight and fitness levels. It could impact your immune system, your mental health, your confidence and your mood. 

Do something for yourself by exercising. Practice yoga, Pilates and other mat work at home. Go out for a run or walk and head to the gym when you have time. 

Build an Online Support Network

Working from home can be lonely. Your friends and family might still be going out to work, and you might miss sharing your office with colleagues. Building an online support network can be a huge help. Join groups online, get to know people on Twitter, and try to make friends with other people in similar situations.

Take Time Off

Perhaps the best thing that you can do for yourself as someone that works from home is to take a day off — a whole day without checking work emails, replying to messages to checking in with your business. It’s even better if you don’t feel guilty about it. 

Schedule Daily “Me Time”

If you are struggling with your work-life balance, you never take time off, and you don’t make enough time for your friends and family, start scheduling it. Make plans and write them in your diary, you’ll be more likely to stick to them. Then, even on workdays, when you have nothing else planned, write some me time on your to-do list, even if it’s just ten minutes to read a book or enjoy a coffee.

Make Exercise More Exciting

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Whilst some people love exercise, others can find it a real chore. By taking steps to make exercise more fun, you can motivate yourself to stick to your fitness goals. Here are just several ways to make exercise more exciting.

Find a training buddy

Many people find that having a training buddy spurs them on. Not only is it a chance to work out, but also a chance to catch up with a friend. You may find that you’re both able to encourage one another to exercise when the other person is having a lazy day. If you’re of a similar ability, you can also compete against one another to help push one another. It’s a great solution for those that struggle to find the self-motivation to work out alone.

Join a class

You could also consider joining an exercise class. This could be an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things as well as getting fit. Popular examples include spin classes, CrossFit classes, group dance classes and martial arts clubs. If you’re a gregarious person that enjoys being around new people, this could be just what you need to make exercise more exciting.

Listen to music

Exercising to music can also make it a more fun experience as you can allow yourself to get lost in the music, taking you away from the physical discomfort of the exercise. Many people line up playlists of their favorite songs whilst exercises to keep them motivated. You could even explore new artists on Spotify and use it as a chance to discover new music.

Watch TV

There are lots of exercises that can be done in front of a TV. If you keep putting off going to the gym because you’d rather catch up with your favorite show, why not scrap the gym altogether and start exercising at home whilst watching your favorite TV shows. You could even consider buying a treadmill rather than going out jogging so that you can meet your running goals whilst watching TV.

Use gadgets and apps

If you love technology, it could be worth investing in a few gadgets and apps to help you train. If you love tennis, you could try looking for the best tennis ball machine on the market and create your own workout. If you love video games, you could even look into virtual reality games that help to get you fit. There are meanwhile plenty of apps that can record your progress and help you set goals.

Exercise in new places

Your workout could also be a chance to explore new places. Rather than going on the same jogging route, why not try using it as an opportunity to explore new places nearby. Similarly, if you always work out in the gym, you could try buying some of your equipment and finding new places to exercise such as your local park or your home. This could break you out your routine and make exercise more exciting.

Allow yourself rewards after training

You can also make exercise less of a chore by rewarding yourself after training. For example you could allow yourself to use the sauna as a pay-off for going to the gym, or you could allow yourself a milkshake as a reward for going on a run. Even if you dislike the workout itself, you’ll be excited enough by the reward that comes afterwards, helping to make exercise more enjoyable.