Recently, Dylan Foster submitted an article for Herbal Journals. I loved it and am posting it here for you.
Guest Article: Taking Care of You and Your Side Hustle
Starting a side hustle can be rewarding and exciting, but it’s important to take care of yourself. Devote some time to self-care, set up boundaries between your day job and side hustle, and establish a sustainable routine that allows you to take breaks when needed. I have outlined the best tips for how you can stay healthy while pursuing your goals.
Create a Task Plan That Achieves Your Goals
The first step in balancing work and self-care is to set realistic goals and create an achievable schedule. Break down large projects into smaller tasks that you can complete in one sitting. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to rest in between tasks so that you don’t get too overwhelmed or exhausted by the workload.
Recharge with Rest Breaks
It’s important to take small breaks throughout the day in order to give your body and mind a chance to rest and recharge. This could mean taking a short walk outside, reading a good book, or even just stretching out on the couch for 10 minutes. These small moments will help keep your motivation levels high throughout the day.
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Taking Self-Care Days
Scheduling time for self-care can sound like an oxymoron when you’re already busy, but it’s essential to leading a balanced life. Taking one hour out of the day to do something that brings you joy — whether it’s cooking dinner, watching a movie with friends, or going for a walk around the park — will help ensure that you don’t get too overwhelmed by your work and life responsibilities.
Schedule Block to Focus on Your Side Hustle
Working on your side hustle requires focus and dedication. Allocating focused blocks of time during the day helps you prioritize and complete tasks more quickly without getting distracted. Additionally, by focusing solely on your side hustle, you can better manage all of your obligations without feeling overwhelmed by everything going on at once.
Boost Your Health with Healthy Eating
Eating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day can keep your energy levels up, provide fuel to both your body and mind, and help you focus on the tasks at hand. What’s more, having snacks nearby such as nuts, fruit, granola bars, etc., will make sure that hunger won’t distract you from your work. After all, no one likes feeling hungry while trying to concentrate.
Make it a point to make more meals at home. In fact, if you have a family or roommates, set a time each week to cook dinner together. It will help everyone to eat a little healthier and it will give you time to catch up and reconnect, which is important for any relationship.
Benefits of Increasing Physical Activity and Hydration
Staying physically active is an essential part of managing stress associated with starting a side hustle and will help us maintain mental clarity, productivity, and motivation levels. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day keeps our bodies functioning properly by aiding digestion and flushing toxins. Additionally, increasing physical activity such as taking walks outdoors can help reduce stress while also building positive habits.
Create a Stress-Free Home Environment
It’s easy to get overwhelmed juggling work and personal responsibilities but don’t let that pressure take over your home. Stay organized by digitizing your work and home-related documents. Fortunately, there are free online tools that can help you quickly and easily convert PDFs into Word documents, which makes it easy to store them online or in the cloud.
If there has been tension in your home due to negativity or poor communication, take the time to cleanse it. Start by talking about the issues to those involved. Then, work together to clean up your space because clutter can cause anxiety and make it hard to concentrate. When everything is picked up and organized, use a naturopathic solution to clean your home and reset its energy.
Find Your Balance
Working hard while maintaining personal well-being is possible if done right. Take the time now to set realistic goals and schedules, take regular breaks, and keep your home free of negative energy. Establishing a healthy balance between work and life will help entrepreneurs tackle their ventures with peace of mind.