As business owners, we all know the power of rest. With that being said, we probably don’t get enough of it.
For some, taking time off to do non-business-related tasks is akin to torture. Or the feelings of guilt that emerge from self-care make it seem like relaxing isn’t worth it. For others, they say they don’t have time. Or that they’ll do it later — and later never comes.
With this mindset comes countless entrepreneurs who push themselves further and further until they burn out. That burnout could manifest in the form of illness, depression, or other ailments. One thing’s for sure, burning out will cause your business to suffer.
But how do you escape the guilt that comes with taking a break? And how can you truly relax when you know there’s so much to be done?
Rest and relaxation are different for everyone, so don’t feel guilty about what works best for you. Everyone has their own ritual required to recharge their mind and body. Maybe it’s something as small as 15 minutes of quiet time to yourself every morning. Maybe it’s a day off. Perhaps you need an entire week off. Be honest about what you need and how far you can push yourself to operate your business — before your body decides for you.
In a society that seems to move faster and faster every day, it can be hard to keep up. And as much as we hate to admit it, our bodies can’t take the burnout of always staying on top of everything. Some wear overworking as a badge of honor, when all we’re doing is a disservice to ourselves and our businesses.
I’m here to remind you that taking breaks — that being selfish — is okay. It’s more than okay. It’s the preferred way to live. A successful business hinges on the balance of selfishness and selflessness. And you can’t do one without the other.
Each person has to decide their own limits, set boundaries for themselves, and make the most of their time spent producing.
If you spend your entire life working 60–80 hours a week, you are doing it wrong. There is no “balance” to be found.
Know your boundaries, and operate within them.
I discuss how overworking lost me clients on: Business Vibrations Podcast: Seven Minutes of Morning Inspiration for the Creative Entrepreneur