Approximately 12.3 million US businesses are owned by women, according to 2021 statistics from Fundera. And while the number of female entrepreneurs has increased by 114 percent within the past 20 years, women are still responsible for completing the bulk of household tasks such as decorating the home, washing clothes, cleaning the house, and preparing meals.
When women entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses, handling the bulk of their responsibilities at home, and caring for their children and pets, there’s not much time left over to care for themselves. This can be harmful to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being, but also to the health of their business.
Below, Lifevise offers some tips to help busy female entrepreneurs find a healthy balance between running a business and caring for themselves physically and mentally. Keep reading to learn more.
Get Help Where You Need It
As a busy entrepreneur who’s used to juggling everything from managing a team to running a household, asking for help can be a challenge. However, accepting that you can’t effectively do it all is vital to your success in business and all other areas of life.
Maybe this means hiring freelancers to handle your blogging, email, and social media; signing up for a grocery or meal delivery service so you’re spending less time shopping and preparing food for your household, or finding a housekeeper to clean your home on a regular basis. By offloading some of your responsibilities at home and in business, you’ll have more time for yourself and your loved ones.
Make Planning a Habit
In addition to delegating a few of your personal and professional responsibilities, planning each day is imperative as a busy female entrepreneur. Try starting your day with a great morning routine that includes a healthy breakfast, some brainstorming and goal setting, and a quick home workout if you have the time for it. You can even plan your morning routine in the evening so you wake up with a clear plan for what you’d like to accomplish each day.
Online calendars are a great alternative to pen and paper planners, as digital planning tools are living documents that can be customized with images, sticky notes, videos, and anything else you need to accomplish your daily tasks and meet important deadlines. You can use these tools to plan out a full month, week, or day’s worth of tasks, and you can even assign tasks to other team members and tag them in posts. Just don’t forget to schedule some time each day for self-care!
Care for Your Mind and Body
Mental health challenges are common among women entrepreneurs, and it’s important to care for your mind and body to better manage symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced diet, practicing mindfulness, and keeping stress and anxiety under control are just a few of the things you can do to care for your physical and mental health when you’re busy running a business, but the key is to find the right self-care practices for you.
To care for your mental and emotional health when you’re short on time, teletherapy through companies like BetterHelp and Talkspace is one great form of self-care. Or you could download self-care apps such as Headspace, Happify, and Shine to receive motivational messages and guided meditations to your smartphone. Lifevise also offers online resources and tools to improve your way of thinking, boost your mood, and help with conquering your personal and professional goals.
Live Your Best Entrepreneurial Life
Finding balance as a busy female entrepreneur isn’t always easy, but it’s crucial for good physical and mental health. By carving out some time for diet, exercise, and self-care, you’ll perform your best on the job, set a great example for your team members, and feel great physically, mentally, and emotionally.