Self-Care Routine for Workaholics | Self-Care PLR

Self-care – the thing we all need to do, and most of don’t have the time or MAKE the time to do it. So, let’s talk about self-care as entrepreneurs, and why so many of us struggle with it.

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Why do entrepreneurs and small business owners have such a hard time with self-care? I really think it all comes down to freelancer guilt. We work for ourselves and most of us work from home, so we think we always need to be working. If you’re home, your computer is there, so why aren’t you working?! That’s my jerk of a brain on the daily.

That mentality is also what has caused a lot of unnecessary stress in my life.

The more I become aware of my anxiety and stress triggers, the more I realize how downtime and self-care is essential. I am not going to bore you with the constantly growing list of daily self-care activities, but here are some that are related to my life as an entrepreneur.

How I Practice Self-Care as an Entrepreneur

Scheduled Time Off – I think this is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and also one of the most difficult. I have been an entrepreneur/freelancer for about 10 years, and I remember the first several years, NEVER taking time off. And I mean never. Weekends, birthdays, Christmas, I worked it all.

I had it in my head that the harder I worked, the more successful I would be. And while in general that is true, burnout is NOT going to help you. Human beings need rest and time off.

I not only have “work hours” where I force myself to stop working at a certain point, but I plan entire days where I am able to take time off. It is usually on the weekend, but I am also prone to a random Day Off Wednesday.

Unplugging – For entrepreneurs like me who work from home, you feel like your entire home is your office. This makes it really hard to not work when a computer is in front of you. Our entire work life is on a computer, we answer emails from our phones, we take our work with us no matter where we are and what we are doing. At least I know I do.

You know what this leads to? Stress. And burnout. And more stress. So, during the times when I am practicing self-care, taking time off from work, or just trying to spend time with other people, I completely unplug. No laptop and no phone.

Using a Digital Clock – Speaking of unplugging, this is seriously the best decision I have made for myself in a long time. I have always been someone who wakes up multiple times a night. I never sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time before having to find a new sleeping position. The problem is that I would check my phone every time. I convinced myself it was just to see what time it was, but really I always looked at my notifications.

MANY times while doing this, I would have some work email that stressed me out and completely woke me up, so I would be opening my laptop at 2am to solve some random problem, or laying there for hours just stressing over whatever notification I got.

Finally, I decided to keep my phone shut off and nowhere near my bed when I go to sleep. Instead, I got a digital alarm clock for my bedside table. Now, when I wake up in the middle of the night, I can quickly see the time, then roll over and not worry about notifications that could definitely wait until morning.

Writing for Fun, Not Work – Like many PLR providers, I started writing for fun. I was one of those dorky kids who had stacks of diaries, journals, poems, short stories, and novel ideas in my bedroom. If I wasn’t drawing, I was writing.

I am very fortunate that I am able to do what I love for a living, I realize that. But writing for work is nowhere near the same thing as writing for fun. So, I give myself time at least a few days a week to sit down and write a short story or outline some novel I will probably never finish. I make sure it is not at all tied to making money or using it for my business – it has to be detached from my life as an entrepreneur.

Otherwise, it’s not self-care, it’s just a side hustle.

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