Health + Wellness, Lifestyle

The Necessity of Self-Care for Solopreneurs

July 6, 2015
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When you start your own business, it’s almost guaranteed that your self-care (and much else) will suffer. Running a business takes all the heart and soul you can give. twitter icon

While self-care is important for everyone, solopreneurs often need a reminder. We have to work both IN our business and ON our business. We spend long days on client projects then weekend mornings on admin + advertising our own business. Self-care gets pushed to the back-burner.

But have you considered what those moments of self-care are really buying you? That massage, 15 minute meditation, pedicure, yoga class, etc.?

Negative energy from stress uses up space in your brain (among other negative side-effects). But the increased circulation, endorphins, relaxation, etc. from your self-care act will free up creative energy. Think of everything you could accomplish if you had more space to breathe.

I say this all the time:

When you feel your best, you’ll do your best. twitter icon

I’m an advocate for:

One of the biggest struggles I’ve found so far as a solopreneur (meaning I’m mostly a one-woman shop) is the difficulty of taking vacations. My goal for this year is to take at least 2 weeks worth of vacation. Complete time off away from work. It can be really hard to do in the beginning (I went two years without a vacation) but they’re restorative and vital.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brownn

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In the Comments:

What’s one self-care act you’ll do today?

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  • Holly July 7, 2015 at 5:45 am

    You speak wise words here, Danielle. I find this really difficult at the moment because not only am I working a 9-5 job, but I’m also blogging and trying to set up my biz on the side. So the time I’d usually spend on self care, really doesn’t get spent on that! I’m trying to at least have a small break every day, like the half an hour work out I do, or a long walk at the weekend. Our businesses won’t succeed unless we’re fit and well!

    • Dzeigler July 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      So, so true! Physical and mental health are vital to business success. Juggling as much as you are takes a lot of focus and time management…so I commend you for that!

  • Katie July 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Yaaaaaassssss! So important! I can always tell when I’ve been working myself too hard and haven’t taken the time for me. In fact, I’ve just made a date with myself for tonight 🙂 Great self-care suggestions too!

    • Dzeigler July 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Good! Do you have any go-to self care acts?

  • Yolanda July 18, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I believe if you want to be successful you need all the nagitivety who block your mind past you by….need to focus on what you want out of life and putting energy into your business you want for yourself in the near future…and started to learning all aspects in your business