Most lists that tell you about self care tell you to go get a pedicure.
But what if you don’t want to spend money?
Or the thought of someone touching your feet in public makes you want to scream.
One of the things that I strongly detest is this pride in the amount of sleep people get. Or someone saying how many hours they’ve worked. Especially when they aren’t actually getting more work done.
This is something that definitely is a trait that America has down pat. The 8 hour work day is a thing of the past, and most companies require overtime as a common occurrence. This mindset usually transitions into self employment as well.
I’m here to tell you that it is bullshit and we need to concentrate more on ourselves. To help contribute to this idea of taking care of yourself better, I’ve made a list of ideas to make yourself feel better and really concentrate on the most important asset in your business – YOU!
These are all going to be simple, easy, and basic ideas you can do at home. Most of them won’t take very long at all but can change your entire day around!
1. Take a nap
- There are a lot of benefits to napping, the Mayo Clinic even has some recommendations on how best to nap. Even just a 15 minute nap can help recharge and refresh your mind and allow you to get back to work.
2. Take a shower
- I don’t know about you, but I don’t shower as often as I should. I am not the kind of person that needs to “get ready for work” by dressing and prepping as if I was working out of the house. So when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I’ll take a shower and it manages to let me get back on track.
3. Take a walk outside
- Outside? What is that? Sometimes, we can get so caught up sitting at our desks and being on our computers that we forget how important Vitamin D and exercise are. Even just walking around the block can renew your mindset.
4. Do a yoga pose
- Even if the thought of Downward Dog makes you want to scream, you can do Child’s Pose and just breathe! Here is a list of 11 beginner’s poses from Buzzfeed to get you started.
5. Color in a coloring book
- Grown up coloring is a trend that has peaked recently, but it doesn’t make it any less useful. You don’t need a fancy book and markers, even just printing out a page from google and Â using any pen can work.
6. Snuggle an animal
- Even if you don’t have one of your own, I’m sure you have a neighbor or a friend that has one. Who knows, there may even be an outdoor cat that loves to wander by. If you need additional motivation, here is a study from Harvard that showed how much help a therapy dog can offer stress relief.
7. Work on a personal project
- If you are self employed, there is a chance that at one point your business was your side project. Now if you are doing it full time, you should be careful and make sure that you have something in place that you can do when you need a break.
8. Watch Something Fun
- Whether you grab a DVD or your favorite streaming service, watching something that makes you happy and can let your brain relax. Even just a single episode of a TV show that you enjoy, no matter how trashy, can let you breathe.
9. Call or text a friend
- As a small business owner, it can get lonely. Taking time to pay attention to someone outside of your work circle could be the fresh air you need. Letting you stop thinking about work, even just for the space of a text, could be just what the doctor ordered.
10. Leave the House
- You can get stuck in your head if you aren’t careful. Sometimes, changing the scenery will make all the difference.
I have done everything on this list, sometimes multiple tricks if I’m having a really bad day.
You are the main asset in your business and you have to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
I’ve attached all 10 of them into a single image, so you can save it to your computer and give yourself some help. Share it, save it, and let yourself be reminded to work on yourself as much as your business.