It is completely understandable that as a business owner, you want to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row, meet certain revenue goals, and put yourself out there to expand your clientele. You eat, sleep, and breathe your business. This mindset will take a toll on you and its time to stop what you’re doing and take a BREAK!
There are so many other business owners who work around the clock 25/8 by themselves and give advice to upcoming business owners that you don’t need any rest if your business is that important to you. They are right about one thing, your business IS important to you, but to run a business, you must put your health first and make sure that your mind is in the right place.
As an online business owner myself, wanting to take a step and just breathing was very much needed. I can recall around this time last year I was running myself wild just to promote my business, taking on a lot more than I thought I was able to handle, and then one day……I completely checked out. I wasn’t getting the proper rest that I needed, not getting my own personal needs taken care of, and never setting any boundaries within myself of my business.
I had to step back from my business for almost 3 months before I relaunched. Here are some of the things that I had to do for myself while I took my first ever business break.
- Sleep – Even though I am a business owner, I also have a 9-5 as well. Knowing I wasn’t sleeping much was causing me to be mentally checked out at work and I was not focused at all. Knowing that I had to start going to bed at a decent time, I saved myself some time by prepping meals on Sundays for the rest of the week, turning my notifications off on my phone by 9 PM and wouldn’t return calls and messages until the following morning.
- Exercise – You can start walking in the morning or If you are in a stable financial situation where you can sign up for a membership or hire a personal trainer, I suggest you do so. Exercising actually gives you the energy that you are wanting.
- Rebrand – While taking a break, you can use this time to write down your goals and see where you can make changes in your business. Maybe you want to change the color scheme, pricing/services, logo, or the website presentation. Whatever it may be, you can do it.
- Absolutely Nothing! – Yes, you read that correctly. Sometimes the best thing to do is absolutely nothing. Take that moment to reflect, sit and be still for the moment.
Nothing is wrong with wanting more for yourself when it comes to your business, but you need to rest in order to accomplish more than what you are currently doing now. So take the time to focus on yourself