7 wellness strategies every small business owner should practise

Whether you own a small business with a storefront where you’re in charge of a cast of characters, or you’re the boss of your own domain with an online business, there are plenty of ways that you might experience stress or get overwhelmed with the tasks around you.

No matter what kind of business you own, prioritising your own wellness is one of the keys to keeping things afloat and sustainable. It can be hard to focus on yourself, especially when it feels like you have so much on your plate for the future of your business. However, an important part of being a sustainable business is ensuring the wellbeing of everyone who works within that business – and that most definitely includes you. You must put your oxygen mask on first to ensure your business is sustainable – in every sense of the word.

Here are seven important tips for business owners to focus a little more on personal wellness.

1. Find a routine

Even though a bit of flexibility and spontaneity can be a virtue, there is something to be said for finding a comfortable routine that lets you put a few things on autopilot. Whether that routine is directly related to your business or not, falling into a rhythm with your days can be very therapeutic and free up space in your mind for other things.

2. Give yourself days off

If you run the show, this one can be a tough tip to follow through on. Being in charge of the whole operation, especially one that involves other people, can be a delicate balance that makes you want to keep an eye on things at all times.

However, taking a rest every now and then is extremely important and can contribute to the sustainability of your business by allowing you to step back and refresh. Since you’re in charge, you can also control when and how you spend those days off.

3. Eat a balanced diet

In order to be large and in charge, it’s important to stay nourished and healthy so you can have the energy and mental power to stay on top of things. Especially as a business owner, it can be easy to simply forget to eat or try to prioritise everything else in your day before you nourish yourself.

However, staying hydrated, eating regularly, and including plenty of fibre, protein, fruits and vegetables in your diet can be extremely beneficial to you both mentally and physically.

4. Know when to delegate

When it comes to the actual business itself, this one will depend on who you are working with and what their actual role entails. But on the whole, it’s important to know when it’s time to delegate tasks to others – and that might include outsourcing part of a project to a freelancer during really busy times, or bringing on a temporary member of staff. 

Your business is your baby and that’s important, but you can also let go of some control in order to trust others and give yourself a break. The people around you are the ones you’ve chosen and trust with your business already, so let them work their magic, too!

5. Practice Mindfulness

If you’ve heard of mindfulness before, you might know a little about why mindfulness can work in the workplace. Mindfulness is about focusing on your tasks and goals within the moment and the surroundings immediately around you, and doing that within your workplace can not only increase your flow and productivity, but can also keep you calmer and increase your mood.

Mindfulness is a lifelong process that involves effort every day, so the more you do it, the more it will impact your life. Apps like Calm and Headspace can be great tools to help practise mindfulness techniques that you can use throughout your working day.

6. Practice self-care

Finding what self-care means to you is an important part of working out the best wellness practice for you. Self-care can take a more basic forms of eating right and getting enough sleep every night, or it can be something bigger, such as finally having that tricky conversation with a supplier or a client that you have been putting off. You know it will probably be two minutes of uncomfortableness, but those two minutes will lead to many months of a weight-off-your-shoulders.

Perhaps it’s been months since you looked at your accounts or did your bookkeeping? Set aside half a day and attack those numbers – you know you’ll feel so much better once it’s done (or you could even outsource that work to a bookkeeper, see point 4!).

The more you practice self-care, the more you will feel comfortable in your own life and be able to find a bit more balance as a business owner and as a human. And there is always room for a bit of indulgence in your self-care rituals too.

7. Unplug

This one can be a little bit difficult, especially for people who own businesses that are based online or have a robust social media presence. If you find that your job keeps you on the internet more often than not, unplugging and taking some intentional time away from the screen can be extremely useful and necessary.

Being online all the time can be unhealthy, and creating a little bit of distance every once in a while is one of the best things you can do to maintain balance in your life as a business owner.

Set yourself non-negotiable goals for unplugging, such as turning off your laptop three hours before bed, your TV two hours before bed and your phone one hour before bed. Leave your phone outside your room when you go to sleep and see how this small changes positively improve your sleep patterns.

Wellness tips for business owners

No matter what kind of business you own, and whether you have people working under you or you’re a one-person operation, there are so many ways you can take care of yourself. Prioritise finding the balance you need in order to make your business successful while thriving in your personal life. Implementing even just a few of these wellness tips into your daily life can make a big difference in your productivity and success. 

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Cora Gold

Cora Gold is the Editor-in-Chief of women’s lifestyle magazine Revivalist (revivalist.com). She strives to live as best as she can, and she loves to share her experiences with life, adventure, sustainability and more through her writing. Follow Cora on Twitter (@CoraGold2), Pinterest (@revivalistmag) and Facebook (@revivalistmag).

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