Taking care of yourself first is something we should all prioritize as entrepreneurs and as business owners, particularly female business owners, many of us are searching for ways to cultivate wellness and self-care in our daily life. There’s a long list of benefits to self-care planning, including promoting a positive mindset, developing healthy boundaries and habits, and manifesting peace and happiness even in the midst of a challenging season.
So where do you start?
Well, we have pulled together for you five of our favorite self-care planning strategies, which I know will be an amazing jumping-off point to planning your self-care journey. And of course, while we know that mental well-being and self-care doesn’t look the same for everyone, we want to encourage you to explore what works for you and personalize your self-care routine so it aligns with your overall business and lifestyle goals!
1 - Start with Journaling
Journaling is a powerful self-care practice that contributes to mental, emotional, and even physical well-being in several ways:
Emotional Expression: Writing in a journal provides a safe and private space to express and process emotions while allowing you to explore and understand your feelings.
Stress Reduction: Journaling can be a therapeutic outlet for stress. Putting thoughts on paper can help you make sense of stressors, identify patterns, and develop coping strategies.
Clarity and Problem Solving: Writing about challenges or dilemmas can bring clarity to complex situations. It allows individuals to step back, reflect, and gain insights into their thoughts and experiences. This clarity can lead to better problem-solving and decision-making.
Self-Reflection: Journaling encourages self-reflection, promoting a deeper understanding of oneself. Regularly reviewing past entries can reveal personal growth, patterns of behavior, and areas for improvement. This self-awareness is foundational to self-care.
Gratitude Practice: Including gratitude in a journaling routine shifts focus to positive aspects of life. Acknowledging and recording things to be thankful promotes a positive mindset, contributing to overall your overall health and well-being.
Mindfulness and Presence: The act of journaling promotes mindfulness by encouraging individuals to be present in the moment. It’s an opportunity to slow down, pay attention to thoughts and feelings, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness.
Self-Compassion: Journaling can be a platform for practicing self-compassion. It allows individuals to speak to themselves with kindness and understanding, fostering a positive and supportive internal dialogue.
Creativity and Self-Expression: Journaling provides a creative outlet for self-expression. Whether through words, doodles, or collages, individuals can tap into their creative side, promoting a sense of joy and fulfillment.
Incorporating journaling into a self-care routine allows individuals to nurture their mental and emotional well-being, fostering resilience and a positive relationship with oneself.
Try keeping Journaling Sheets on-hand and take the time to write whenever the feeling comes to you. Try not to force it but challenge yourself to be consistent.
2 - Mood Track with Intention
Mood tracking is crucial for self-care as it allows you to check in with yourself in a way that allows you to recognize emotional patterns, which can help you identify triggers and manage how you navigate certain situations in the future.
Regularly monitoring your mood can provide a tangible record of emotional fluctuations, empowering you to make informed decisions about your self-care practices.
By recognizing how you feel and what contributes to your mood changes, you can proactively address stressors, enhance coping strategies, and promote overall emotional resilience.
When using a mood tracker planning sheet, you should start by setting your intentions for your mood tracking. Is it to check in and better understand yourself? Is it to have information that can be discussed with your partner or therapist? Maybe you’re tracking your mood as a way to capture how you feel in the moment.
Mood tracking serves as a self-awareness tool, which provides a deeper understanding of your emotional states so you can create a self-care routine that is tailored to your specific needs.
Regardless of the situation, you always want to mood track with a purpose so that your self-care habits are meaningful, impactful, and more fulfilling.
3 - Write & Speak Affirmations
Writing and reciting affirmations is a tried and true self-care practice for nurturing a positive mental attitude. Affirmations, when consistently practiced, shape our thought patterns and reinforce self-belief. And when building a business, belief is something we all need in high doses!
By speaking success and positivity over our lives, we can cultivate a mindset geared towards abundance and well-being. This practice can counter negative self-talk, boost confidence, and promote strength and character in the face of challenges.
Affirmations serve as daily reminders of personal goals and aspirations, which fuel our self-esteem and give us a more optimistic outlook on life. Incorporating affirmations, mantras and positive self-talk into daily life gives us a powerful tool for self-motivation and creates a positive energy in our life that supports a sense of empowerment.
One of the simplest ways to start incorporating affirmations and positive self-talk into your daily routine is to prepare a set of sticky notes.
Every day, write 1-3 affirmations for yourself. Since you are writing your affirmations down on sticky notes, they can be placed inside of your printed planner or posted on your computer as a frequent reminder.
You can also print out Affirmation Sheets and place your running affirmation list in the front of your planner, on your desk, or store it digitally on your mobile devices so you can pull it up on the go. Affirmations and positive self-talk will help you to begin making tangible changes in the way you think about yourself, your business, and what you are capable of!
4 - Create a Self-Care Routine
One of the best self-care planning strategies for female entrepreneurs is the use of a self-care planning sheet.
This could be a Morning Self-Care Routine, an Evening Self-Care Routine, or Weekly Self-Care To-Dos. Using self-care planning sheets allows you to plan out and schedule a tailor-made self-care routine that is unique to your needs and desires.
Using Self-Care planning sheets allows you to accomplish the following;
Prioritize Your Self-Care Activities: Taking time to write down and reflect on your self care needs allows you to prioritize the self-care activities you want to make permanent fixtures in your life based on their importance and impact on your well-being. It is important to recognize that some activities might be daily necessities, while others can be weekly or monthly treats.
Create Your Self-Care Schedule: Once you have prioritized your self-care needs, the next step is to allocate specific times for self-care activities in your daily or weekly schedule. You want to be mindful of balancing different aspects of self-care to create a holistic plan.
Include a Variety of Self-Care Activities: Incorporate a variety of self-care activities helps you to address different needs in different areas from mental self-care to environmental self-care. Self-care at it’s best means creating balance and alignment through activities that bring relaxation, joy, positivity and personal growth into your life.
5 - Lean on Your Community for Support
Building a business, especially if you are a solopreneur, can be a lonely road. But did you know that there is a strong link between happiness, entrepreneurial longevity and community?
It makes sense right? Even if you are a self-proclaimed introvert, human beings are innately social creatures! Even within the online coaching community, there is as opportunity to foster friendship, collaborate and align with people who just “get you.”
In the age of social media, the internet is overflowing with communities that cater to female coaches and online businesses! Even in our WomanpreneuHER Facebook Group, course creators, coaches, and female business owners are able to share their excitement for entrepreneurship, exchange ideas, and seek advice.
Sometimes, self-care is simply surrounding yourself with other ambitious women of like mind and interacting with them! Try taking the time to find your online community – you just may get the dose of motivation and inspiration you’ve been looking for.
Thoughts & Things
Remember, self-care is a dynamic and personalized process. Your self-care planning sheets should be used as a tool to help you stay focused on nurturing your well-being, so feel free to play with the planning process, adjust the self-care activities, and revamp the morning and evening self-care routines according to what works best for you at different stages in your life.