As a small business owner, it can be difficult to simply switch off and take a well-earned break. But being constantly plugged in can take its toll on your health and wellbeing.
High levels of stress over the short term may trigger anxiety, fatigue, memory loss and sleep problems, not to mention the impact sustained, chronic stress can do to your body and mind.
So, as hard as it may be to down tools and step away from your business, taking time off from the demands of work is necessary to avoid burnout and keep both your mental and physical wellbeing in check, which is vital to the long-term success of your business.
According to research, even making minor tweaks to your daily routine and allowing yourself space to do things you enjoy can make all the difference and actually be pivotal to managing stress effectively.
So, while an extended holiday with ample time to relax and recuperate is recommended, if you can’t escape for complete mind body recovery, we hope you can make use of our Top 7 Ways to Recharge Without Losing Your Momentum.
Finding a place where you can retreat from the distractions of work even just for one day can reap rewards for your mental and physical health.
According to Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, authors of Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
, seeking a place of solitude away from the city and connectivity, even for a little while can counter the effects of stress and minimise your chances of burnout.
It could be as simple as a hike in nature or a day at the park. As long as you are away from the computer and can completely disconnect from the digital world, you’ll start to feel the benefits.
So, get creative and start planning your day escape!
Making small changes to your daily routine can refresh your state-of-mind and help renew your mental vitality, even if you can’t afford to take time off. Try going to sleep and waking up one or two hours earlier than usual to dedicate time to your personal wellbeing. Why not read a book or perhaps just be silent, meditate, journal or practise setting positive affirmations.
As busy as our schedules can be, we still find the time to squeeze in an extra meeting or a call with a colleague. Why not schedule compulsory breaks by actually blocking off time in your calendar for mandatory downtime.
Choose a time in your day or week when you don’t normally have meetings and use the time to do something you enjoy. Step away from the computer and take a bike ride, go for a walk or take a drive to a scenic destination nearby.
If you make this downtime a part of your daily (or weekly) time management, you’ll barely notice a loss in productivity. In fact, you might even find your more productive when you return to your desk.
So, don’t forget to put downtime in your calendar!
We all know that exercise has benefits to our physical and mental health, but not all of us make moving our bodies a priority. And we should.
Putting aside just 30 minutes a day for exercise can be a game-changer. Not only does it revitalize your wellbeing and deliver life-loving endorphins, it also increases energy levels and may actually help you keep up with the demands of your business.
Remember, choose a form of exercise that you enjoy, so sticking to it is easy.
Being mindful is about being present. It’s about living in the moment and experiencing all the sights, sounds and possibly tastes that come with that moment while calmly acknowledging your thoughts and feelings without judgement.
It doesn’t take long to practice mindfulness, and according to research, taking just a few minutes every day to engage in a mindful way can help combat stress, anxiety and depression and renew our emotional wellbeing.
Try being mindful while you’re eating lunch, drinking a cup of tea or while you’re taking a short break outside. And remember, mindfulness like other things takes practice, so don’t give up!
On those days when even a 30-minute break sounds like a luxury, it’s still important to give yourself periods of rest. Build mini breaks into your day.
Here’s a formula you might enjoy: Commit to 20 minutes of work on one task -> take a 5-minute break -> commit to another 20 minutes of work on one task -> take a 5-minute break -> repeat for 3 hours -> then (if you can) take a FULL 60 MINUTE break.
Try setting an alarm on your phone so you know when it’s break time.
If the prospect of taking multiple days off is too difficult at the moment, why not escape for just a weekend?
Try checking yourself into a local hotel and turning off your phone for at least 24 hours. This will give you some respite until you can take that longer holiday.
Why not post a few ‘self-care’ stories on Instagram with the oils you’ve taken and then completely switch off – reminding others to do the same.
Even though we are in the business of helping others embrace a wellness lifestyle, it can still be difficult to make our own personal wellbeing a priority. But showing others that you practise what you preach is important. You want your followers to see that you look after yourself and make self-care an important part of your business plan.
So, start training your mind and body to get used to taking breaks. Your adrenal glands will thank you for it and you’ll be able to continue to creatively grow your business, showing others how to achieve their goals without compromising their health.
And just imagine how amazing your IG feed will look filled with beautiful photos from all those nature walks!