For black women entrepreneurs, our self-care is vital. We spend so much of our time caring for the needs of others and our businesses that it is easy to put ourselves on the back burner. Here are a few self-care practices to help you refuel.
1. Find your tribe
As a Black female, and even more so as an Entrepreneur, it is vital to surround yourself with like minded sisters! Support, encouragement, and motivation can all come from having the right tribe of Boss babes at your side. Being an entrepreneur takes a special kind of woman. There are many obstacles, hardships, and so much to learn! It is so important to remember that you are not alone and finding your tribe is the best way to keep that reminder daily!
2. Make one day per week a personal day.
When you love what you do it is almost too easy to forget the 9-5 mindset and put in work from the moment your eyes open until they close. It is great to put your all into your work but even more important to remember that the wheels will only keep turning with fuel. Give yourself one day a week with no work (well we know that may not happen) or at least minimal work and pour into yourself. Eat, relax, catch a movie, make that day a total Self-Care day!
Get your blood pumping! Taking time to exercise can help reduce stress, and boost those energy levels!!! Take a walk around the block, dedicate a day or two to hitting the gym or joining a fitness class. Keeping your body physically fit will help to keep that precious mind fit too!
4. Keep healthy habits.
Make sure that the foods you eat are contributing to your overall well-being. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Keeping healthy lifestyle habits will in turn make sure your business is running smoothly. Like everything else in life, you get out what you put in and you are your businesses prized possession..
5. Make time for hobbies.
We are all blessed with gifts-some that make us money and some that bring us joy! Don’t forget that thing that you do just because you love it! Dance, Sing Kareoke, Play a sport. Dont loose sight of fun!
6. Say no.
Its okay to say no sis! Entrepreneurs can often try to be Superheros but its important to know your personal limits and yes, its ok to say no once in a while too! Protect your enegery sis!
7. Make amends with your failures.
Our failures is how we learn. Its easy to get caught up in perfection and to beat yourself up over mistakes but its important to remember that your are human! Lessons learned from failure can be some of the most valuable you ever learn.
As Audre Lorde said: “Caring for myself…is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” So sis, it’s time to take care of yourself.
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