Why Self Care Is Essential to Running A Business

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Maracas Beach in Trinidad.

“I am exhausted and have been running on fumes lately…”

How many times have you heard that statement from an entrepreneur? It rings true for many – including myself. There’s no doubt that owning your own business is a double-edged sword. While it can be thrilling and offer you a sense of control over your work hours and flexibility etc, it can also be stressful and lean more towards an unpredictable 24 hour clock.

While I wholeheartedly love being an entrepreneur, after hour meetings, chasing after non-paying clients and falling flat when there’s no energy left to pick myself up – those are a few moments that I can do without. At that point, we usually feel like we are at the end of our rope and need a break. However, we can be our own worst enemy and completely talk ourselves out of sitting on a white sandy beach while exhaling and watching the soul-stirring rays of a sunset.

Here’s the realization. We all need an exhale moment. Whether it’s a weekend, week or more away, a recharge is always necessary to step away from the hectic and demanding world of entrepreneurship. I made the decision in April and escaped for a few well needed weeks away to Trinidad and Tobago. It was the best decision I made this year and I have already made a pact with myself to get away more often.  We are no good to ourselves, our companies, our family or our clients in a weakened and debilitated state. Make sure that projects are up to date, check your emails now and then if you have to,  but  do yourself a favor and schedule in some vacation time for yourself.  Trust me when I say, it will do your body, soul and business some good.

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