1 – Putting yourself first – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 1 here – Each morning is a promise – by Aneta Idczak
2 – Mindfulness – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 2 here – Mindfulness for stress management – by Amanda Pratt
3 – Improving sleep – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 3 here – 3 tips to make your nightmares become sweet dreams – by Bev Roberts
4 – Stress awareness – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 4 here – Stress awareness and 3 activities to alleviate stress – by Rachel Louise John
Something that’s very important but often overlooked, even when you don’t run your own business, is wellbeing. We’re always rushing about, always working, always looking after others, that we forget to look after ourselves.
This series is a bit different to what I usually write about. To see my business and design blog posts, click here. This series is about what you, as a small business owner, can do to improve your wellbeing.
You are more important than your business. Your health, mentally, emotionally and physically, is more important! How can your business be successful if you’re not running at 100%?!
I’ll tell you a little bit about me personally. I have anxiety and adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is also known as burnout. Here’s a definition from Lauren at The Fairy Food Mother: “It’s when your stress hormones have become depleted as a result of long-term stressful situations. Ordinarily your stress hormones work within a certain range to give you your energy and to allow your body to respond to stressful situations appropriately. However once these hormones become depleted, you no longer have enough energy stores or ability to handle stress very well so mostly you feel very flat, and little things can become disproportionately difficult to handle.”
Anxiety and low mood have held me back massively in my business (and my life!) but mostly because of the way I approached it. I felt that I had to be loud and go to networking events and do all these extroverted things to be successful, but I’ve since realised there’s no right or wrong way to run your business. I don’t have to go to networking events. I don’t have to be loud. I can be quietly confident and I shouldn’t beat myself up for being that way.
Mindset is a huge thing and I’ve worked on mine by opening up to people, having a support network, writing in a diary, meditating (I know, hear me out on this one!) and listening to podcasts that talk about this subject.
Adrenal fatigue holds me back for obvious reasons. Buh-bye energy! But since improving my diet and exercise, and most importantly taking time to destress and reboot, I’m slowly getting better.
So there’s a bit of background about why this topic is so important to me and it’s something that I want to explore more and something that I think we should all explore more to build a brilliant business that supports our dream life without our health being compromised.
It seems like everywhere you look when you run a business, it’s all about hustle, hustle, hustle. But it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself and not be in a constant state of hustle and stress. It’s all about balance.
In the next few weeks, every other Tuesday, I’ll be posting a new post in my wellbeing in business series. Here’s what I’m hoping to cover:
– Exercise in general
– Taking time off
What do you do to keep yourself sane and healthy in this crazy world of running a small business? Comment here or send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org