Self-care is important all year, but it’s even more important during the holiday season when we’re busier than usual. Between running a business and preparing for the holidays, you can quickly begin to feel burned out. A study on stress shows that it costs the economy a whopping $300 billion (yes, billion) in productivity each year. So, if you want to be more productive, you must engage in self-care. Mental health professionals recommend that you take at least 20 minutes each day to do something for yourself. That “something for yourself” is the essence of self-care.
Self-Care Improves Productivity
When you invest 30 minutes into yourself each day, you improve your productivity. Stop and think about how refreshed you feel after you take a well-deserved break. That’s the power of self-care. According to an article written by Susan Steinbrecher for Entrepreneur.com, self-care is essential to leadership success. Self-care helps you cope better with the demands of running a business.
Self-Care in 30 Minutes
It can be hard to carve out time for self-care, but it is essential. One of the easiest ways to get started is to make sure that you block off time every day to do it. If you’re worried about what others may think if they see your calendar, simply mark off the time as a private appointment. You also have the option of performing self-care before you start your work day.
Choose a self-care routine that makes you feel good physically and mentally. Make sure that you’re eating well and also getting at least 15 minutes of exercise each day. Something as simple as a walk outside can make you feel renewed.
Your self-care routine doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be that for the first 30 minutes of your day after you wake up that you do not pick up your phone or check your email. Maybe you get in some exercise, take a shower, or have a nice breakfast. Maybe you spend time in the afternoon playing with your pet or doing something that you love.
The important part is to do it. Remember, self-care refreshes you. When you’re refreshed, you’re more engaged and more productive. When you’re more productive in business, your business grows.
Need Help Making Time for Self-Care?
If you’re worried about taking time away from your business, Clients ARM can help. We provide remote assistance with business needs such as client intake, customer care, accounts receivable, and more. With more than 30 years of experience, you can rest assured that your business will receive the best possible attention while you take time for self-care. To learn how Clients ARM can help, schedule your free consultation.