Top 20 Ideas for Self-Care for Women EntrepreneursReading Time: 8 minutes
Women entrepreneurs are under constant pressure. Balancing family, career, and social life is no joke. And this often comes at the cost of your physical and mental health.
In this article, we will share 20 inexpensive and easy ideas for self-care for busy women entrepreneurs. These can make a world of difference if practiced often. Self-care activities and rituals not only make you feel good but also boost productivity.
Below is a quick rundown of the self-care ideas we’ll talk about 👇
- Redesign your workspace
- Keep a self-love journal
- Use an essential oil diffuser
- Have spontaneous adventures
- Use a weighted blanket for a sense of calm
- Do some breathing exercises several times a day
- Fit in a short midday nap
- Watch a TED talk
- Go for a wellness checkup
- Dance like there is no one in the world
- Make your boundaries clear
- Use online tools to stay organized
- Get enough rest
- Pay attention to your diet
- Change your mindset around stress
- Be more self-aware
- Keep work and personal life separate
- Indulge from time to time
- Celebrate the big and small wins
- Take a day off
1. Redesign your workspace
Step out of your daily routine and get creative with your workspace. A few ideas: more greenery, hanging an inspirational poster, or putting up a vision board. Pinterest is your best friend for inspiration.
Let your imagination run free and do what feels good. The healthier and more pleasant your workplace is, the more relaxed you will be.
2. Keep a self-love journal
Putting your feelings into words has therapeutic benefits. You may use a self-love journal while drinking your morning coffee to explore your feelings and clear your mind. But the best exercise would be to keep a gratitude list.
As soon as you sit at your desk in the morning, write down 5 things you are grateful for. It can be your health, your family, or someone who smiled at you on your morning walk.
Doing this every day will remind you of the good things in life and help you stay positive.
3. Use an essential oil diffuser
Aromatherapy has many benefits: it creates a healthy and productive environment for work. It also reduces stress and anxiety, improves creativity, and stabilizes emotions. The essential oils promote mental and physical health.
When choosing essential oils for the workplace, try rosemary, bergamot, and peppermint. Rosemary boosts productivity, bergamot is a mood uplifter, and peppermint improves mental clarity.
4. Have spontaneous adventures
Even a busy schedule can allow for short periods of doing what you love.
On your way back from a business meeting, try that ice-cream parlor you always drive by.
Did something catch your eye on the cinema poster? Watch that movie solo.
While you are at it, buy yourself flowers.
These little spontaneous adventures will uplift your mood. And although it is not work-related, doing something for yourself always feels great. Think about how you feel after a bike ride or a massage. You should always have a few self-care day ideas up your sleeve.
5. Use a weighted blanket for a sense of calm
A blanket with a weight between 5 and 30 pounds provides deep pressure stimulation. This therapeutic technique relies on pressure to make the nervous system relax, and will also help lower blood pressure.
As you can imagine, you experience a reduced stress level, less anxiety, and improved mood. Weighted blankets are frequently used in massage therapy for these reasons.
Wrap a weighted blanket around your body or place it in your lap. Either way, you are sure to feel a sense of calm and relaxation.
6. Do some breathing exercises several times a day
One technique that works instantly is to place your hand firmly over your heart. You then take a few deep breaths for 5 minutes.
If you are easily distracted during your meditation sessions, try soft music in the background to keep you focused. You may also use meditation apps like Calm, or follow meditation tutorials – there are so many videos to show you how on YouTube, for example.
Doing breathing exercises several times a day or as part of your morning routine will leave you feeling relieved and refreshed.
7. Fit in a short midday nap
A great idea for self-care is to have a short nap. And you have no reason to feel guilty about it. Studies prove that naps boost memory, improve alertness, and enhance job performance.
A 20 minutes nap is ideal for getting your energy levels back up.
8. Watch a TED talk
TED talks are so inspirational by nature. You can explore different topics of interest. As a woman entrepreneur, you may find topics such as business, finances, or work-life balance interesting.
But it is also fine if you want to watch a talk on animals, the ocean, or music!
9. Go for a wellness checkup
A wellness checkup should not only happen when something is wrong. It is best carried out as a preventive measure. And while you are at it, you should make it a goal to leave your doctor’s office with a plan for your physical and mental health.
As a busy entrepreneur, it is so easy to keep putting preventive checkups for later. However, you want physical ailments to be diagnosed sooner rather than later. And prioritizing your health and wellness most certainly pays off, just like a healthy meal does. It will also save you time and money for medical care in the long run.
10. Dance like there is no one in the world
You may feel silly doing this one, but I urge you to give it a try. Drop whatever you are doing, put on your favorite feel-good songs, and dance your heart out.
Doesn’t that feel amazing? Sometimes that is just what your heart and body need: to dance like there’s no one in the world.
11. Make your boundaries clear
It is easy to fall into the trap of 5 more minutes or just one more task. However, in the long run, you will find yourself constantly doing more beyond your working hours.
You have to be able to set clear boundaries for yourself and others. If you cannot take on more work, say no or later. If you have planned an afternoon off, stick with the plan.
Making your boundaries clear will help you keep a clear mental space and a neat workload.
12. Use online tools to stay organized
There are hundreds of tools available on the web to help entrepreneurs stay organized. By using these, you can stay on track and avoid surprises.
A platform such as Asana will allow you to manage and track tasks easily. Imagine a whiteboard filled with sticky notes, highlighted text, and comments. Asana makes this possible.
There are many similar apps, programs, and platforms to help entrepreneurs.
13. Get enough rest
Besides the short midday nap, taking frequent breaks to rest should be a priority on your self-care plan. Rest can also be in the form of quiet time or even a walk to your local coffee shop.
Often, when children drop their midday nap, parents start a session called quiet time. It helps the young ones recharge, rest, and get them ready for the rest of the day. During quiet time, they can read their favorite book, do a puzzle, or lie down for a while.
The same works well for adults. It is, however, necessary to disconnect from work during that time.
14. Pay attention to your diet
The foods you eat impact your mood and energy levels. With so many easy and quick delivery options, it is easy to make junk food a regular.
And if you often feel sluggish after lunch, the fast food is probably to blame. Nothing beats a good, healthy, and balanced meal. You will not see a drop in your energy levels once you make the diet switch. Think about adding medicinal herbs also.
A great way to think about it: would you put cheap fuel in a Lamborghini? Why would you put it in your body?
15. Change your mindset around stress
Stress does not have to be a negative force in your life. By twerking your mindset, you will find that stress can be positive driving energy instead.
It can be the incentive you need to take your business to the next level. At the same time, it will clear out negative thoughts in your mind.
You will no longer think about how bad you feel but instead, think about what can be done. Happier times certainly lie ahead.
16. Be more self-aware
Do you listen to your body enough? Do you get that water when you are thirsty or do you wait until you finish a task? Do you lie down when you feel the need?
Often, women entrepreneurs get used to ignoring these cues. This is, however, your body telling you what it needs to function well.
17. Keep work and personal life separate
It is especially true for service providers such as photographers or copywriters. You may often find yourself in gatherings where friends and family are asking you for favors.
If you end up talking about work during your time off, you are doing it wrong. You should politely tell people to come back during your office hours.
Keeping your work and personal life separate allows you to be more present at the moment. It also prevents burnout.
18. Indulge from time to time
Treat yourself to an expensive spa session, a fancy meal, a bubble bath, or a luxury outfit. If you work only to pay the bills, you will soon find yourself frustrated and unmotivated.
Remember that you are worth the extra spending. You work for it and you certainly deserve it.
19. Celebrate the big and small wins
You do not need to throw a party. But you can, if you want to! You can open a good bottle of wine, have a night out, have a hot bath, or have a delicious meal.
The key is to celebrate when you deserve it. If you are proud of your achievement, show it and allow yourself to feel it. Do not expect others to celebrate for you. Set goals and watch yourself accomplish them knowing that a celebration is right around the corner.
20. Take a day off
It can be daunting for women entrepreneurs. You are worried about whether a day off will set you back.
However, taking a day off will help you rejuvenate, recharge, and clear your mind. It will offer new perspectives and might even enlighten you. Turn off the alarm clock and sleep a bit longer that day.
Sometimes you need to take a few steps back to see things clearer. When you are constantly working, you are unable to see things in a new light.
Top Ideas for Self-Care for women entrepreneurs – Take home message
These 20 self-care ideas for women entrepreneurs are simple and do not take long. But they work and make you feel good. You want to feel satisfied with your work and with your body and mind.
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Rawiyah is a content writer and an electrical engineer in the renewable energy industry. She’s passionate about sustainability, health and fitness, and education, among others. She hopes to empower you to take control of your life through her writing. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, long walks, and catching up with friends and family.