Women's Business Growth Club

Listen to Your Body and Take Time Out

productivity tips support Jan 08, 2024

Small Business Owners: Listen to Your Body and Take That Time Out!


As small business owners, we wear many hats. We're the CEO, the marketing manager, the customer service rep, sales manager, and often, the cleaner too. It's no wonder that we can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of running our businesses that we neglect our own well-being.


But what happens when we push ourselves too hard and get sick or burned out? Not only do we suffer physically and mentally, but our businesses can suffer too. When we're not at our best, we can't make sound decisions, be productive, or provide excellent customer service.


So, what can we do to avoid burnout and make sure we're taking care of ourselves?


Listen to your body

This is the most important tip of all. Our bodies are constantly sending us signals about what they need. If you're feeling tired, run down, or stressed, it's your body's way of telling you to slow down. Don't ignore these signals.


Take time off, even when you think you can't afford it

I know what you're thinking: "I can't take time off! I have too much to do!" But trust me, taking a break will actually make you more productive in the long run. When you're rested and recharged, you'll be able to focus better, be more creative, and get more done in less time.


Delegate and outsource

You don't have to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to your team members or hire freelancers to help you out. This will free up your time so you can focus on the most important things.


Set boundaries

It's important to set boundaries between your work life and your personal life. Don't check your email or answer work calls outside of business hours. Make time for the things that are important to you, like spending time with family and friends, pursuing your hobbies, and getting enough sleep.


Make healthy choices

Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are all essential for good health and well-being. When you're taking care of yourself physically, you'll be better able to handle the stresses of running a business.


Taking time out when you're not well is not a sign of weakness; it's a sign of strength. It shows that you know how to take care of yourself and that you're serious about your long-term health and success.


Here are some additional tips for taking a break when you're not well:


  • Let your team and your clients know that you're not feeling well and that you'll be taking some time off.
  • Set up an out-of-office message and let people know who to contact in your absence.
  • Disconnect from your work email and social media.
  • Focus on relaxing and recovering.
  • Spend time with loved ones.
  • Do things that you enjoy.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink lots of water.


Remember, your health is your most important asset. Don't wait until you're burned out to take care of yourself. Make time for rest and relaxation, and you'll be rewarded with a happier, healthier, and more successful life.


I hope this blog post has helped you to see the importance of taking time out when you're not well. I encourage you to make your well-being a priority, and to start taking steps to create a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle.


P.S. Don't forget to share this blog post with your fellow small business owners! We all need to support each other in making our health and well-being a priority.


In addition to the tips above, I would also recommend the following:


  • Find a stress-management technique that works for you, such as yoga, meditation, or journaling.
  • Talk to a therapist or counsellor if you're struggling to cope with stress or burnout.
  • Make sure you have a good health insurance plan so that you can get the care you need if you do get sick.


I believe that all small business owners deserve to have a healthy and balanced life. By taking care of ourselves, we can be the best leaders and role models for our teams, and we can build businesses that are sustainable and successful in the long run.


Let's make 2024 the year that we put our health and well-being first!


**What are your favourite tips for taking time out when you are not feeling great?

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