In 2018 we saw conversations around mental health and the importance of self care begin to come into the mainstream with more entrepreneurs opening up to about the challenges of running your own businesses.
Don’t wait until the moment you experience burn out, says Candice Clark, a life coach.
“Often our businesses become our priorities, and we end up placing more emphasis on the well-being of our business than of our own personal well-being,” says Clark, founder of Candice Clark Collective.
Clark says self-care is not a superfluous thing. “It’s important. You need to look after yourself to show up well in any area of your life. Make sure you’re doing it to be able to chase all those big dreams you have!”
She adds: “Being an entrepreneur is a surefire way to throw once’s self-care off balance! Growing a business is a demanding job and you can’t pour from an empty cup. For a lot of people, it will eventually result in burnout.”
Clark says self-care looks different for everyone, she uses two ways to gauge it. “Firstly, you can ask “Is this an act that is coming from a place of self-love?” Examples of practising self-love could be finding ways to unwind or not working on the weekend unless absolutely necessary.
Clark says you should also ask “Is this affirming my self-worth?” This means walking away from situations and projects that are no longer serve you or are seriously affecting your health.
“The first place to start is to get out your journal and spend some time noting down various activities that fill your heart with joy,” explains Clark.
“What do you love to do? What fills your cup right back up? And then schedule them in!
“From there you can start thinking about how you implement this concept on a daily basis. For example, start planning better around your working hours and efficiency, (perhaps have) mini-breaks during the day, or rewards for goals achieved.”
Clark says the following are warning signals of burn out:
She adds: “If any of these speak to you, please connect with a psychologist or coach.”
From both her personal and coaching experience, Clark says the following is important to take note of if you want to prevent burning out: