The Secret to Growing Your Business? Put Yourself First

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StressBe kind to yourself. It can help you grow your business.

There is nothing wrong about taking good care of yourself and putting your needs first – even if you are running a business. In fact, it can even help you grow and take your business to the next level.

Being a small business owner can be a tough challenge. There are times when you feel that you are on an emotional roller coaster and there will be times when you will feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities.  There may also be times when you can consider yourself lucky if you manage to get at least four hours of sleep at night. Needless to say, all of these things can make anyone feel stressed and frustrated. It can even take the joy out of running a business.

The Importance of Putting Yourself First
Some people may feel guilty about taking care of themselves and putting their needs before everything else. In fact, most entrepreneurs take pride in being stressed out and overworked since they consider it as a proof of their unwavering commitment to their business. However, this kind of thinking won’t do you any good. It can only lead to the demise of your business and may even put your health in jeopardy.

According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), chronic stress can trigger numerous physical and emotional disorders. It can cause anxiety, depression and personality disorders, and may even trigger the development of degenerative neurological disorders such as Parkinsons’ disease. It can also increase your susceptibility to infections and several life-threatening conditions such as hypertension, heart attacks and stroke.

Ways to Promote Self-Care

If you want to be more focused, inspired and productive, you must take care of yourself and put your needs first. Here are some things you can do to take care of yourself when running a business.

  • Adopt a relaxing routine. Take some time from your busy schedule and do something for yourself before you begin your day. Take a leisurely walk, meditate or go to the gym. Any of these things can help you get in top shape and be more productive.
  • Take a break. Don’t hesitate to pamper yourself, take a nap or engage in your hobby from time to time. It can give you a much-needed energy boost.
  • Stay connected. Keep in touch with the people you love, or you may live to regret it.

Small business owners who want to grow their business should make sure that their needs are being met. Remember, you can’t depend on anyone to do it for you. You need to do it yourself.