Emotional Self-Care While Managing Your Home and Starting Your Business

If you are a new business owner, or are just beginning to start a new business, it is crucial to be aware of emotional well-being and ways to keep your mental health in check. Emotional health is just as imperative as physical health, and so often new entrepreneurs skip out on healthy eating for convenience foods, skimp on the sleep, and feel that they are too busy to exercise or take time for themselves. You, embarking on a fabulous journey for a fabulous future, need a healthy mind to keep moving forward in terms of everything that goes into your business (while also managing home and family). Here are some ideas for you to keep your emotional health in a positive state!One action you can take to avoid emotional anguish is to keep your work separate from your home responsibilities and family time. Designate days or certain times during the week for just focusing on your business. When this is done consistently, you will be less stressed about all of the things you need to get done. Knowing that you can only worry about or focus on your business during the time allotted, you will stay emotionally grounded. An emotionally grounded “you” will be more pleasant to be around and will enjoy time to the fullest with family.

This is so very important, even though it may be the last thing you think about. As you are ladened with paperwork, dealing with clients, looking for new clients, keeping an online presence each day, blogging, and the general work of your new business this can be very difficult to do. Add to the mix of raising a family and general life responsibilities and the thought of taking time for “you” is probably nonexistent. However, this is probably one of the most important things you can do. Taking time to dedicate for your own self does not mean all day (unless you want it to!); even an hour a day is a great start. Take a hot bath and read a book, meditate, go for a walk, do some yoga, sit on the porch and breathe in the fresh air, or do anything else that causes you to relax.

Keep it steady, and focus on doing what needs to be done at the moment. If you are feeling anxious about what lies ahead with your business responsibilities, deal with it then. Keep emotionally balanced by concentrating on what is important today (which actually is also crucial for tomorrow to happen) and stick to the “to-do” list and check off the tasks one at a time. Doing so will help you avoid the emotional hills and valleys that so many entrepreneurs face.When you are working, take the last ten minutes or so to plan ahead. Think about the tasks you need to do, both short-term as well as long-term, and write them down. When you plan, it keeps you realistic about what needs to be accomplished, and it saves time when you actually are working; instead of wondering what you need to do, the list is right there for you to begin tackling. Also, when you feel prepared and plans are made, your stress levels are less, and your emotional health is not compromised. Planning does not have to be limited to your business, either. Planning for family time, meals, and different aspects and tasks for the days ahead will help you stay emotionally grounded.