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A Mother’s Day Reminder for Momtrepreneurs: 3 Ways to Make and Take Time for You

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A Mother’s Day Reminder for Momtrepreneurs: 3 Ways to Make and Take Time for You

By kmurray, Contributor and Moderator
Published: May 5, 2014

You’re an entrepreneur. You’re a mom. You’re a momtrepreneur! Running a business is hard work – and raising kids at the same time means your “work” days probably seem never-ending. While you’re busy managing various responsibilities, it’s important to make sure you’re taking time for yourself too. After all – a healthier, happier you means can contribute to a healthy business as well!

Take a lunch break!

Think skipping lunch means more time for valuable contributions to your business? Think again. As this article from Fast Company points out, even a 20-minute break will help you stay more concentrated and energetic for the rest of the day. Science is on your side – working longer doesn’t mean you’re working smarter, so step back while you enjoy your meal. You’ll come back refreshed and reinvigorated for a more productive afternoon.

Delegate!

As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats – distribute some! Make sure you’re not trying to do everything, or you’ll find that you’ll be too exhausted to do anything. Having a trusted team and employees you can count on can go a long way in reducing your stress levels and freeing you up from the day-to-day nitty-gritty.

Self-employed? Consider outsourcing to a virtual assistant to free up some of your time. This person can help you manage a variety of tasks – from answering emails to arranging travel schedules and engaging on your social media networks. You may not have employees, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

Take a vacation!

Like an extended lunch break, vacations provide time to recharge. It may be challenging to think about leaving your business to get away for a long weekend or to take a trip for a week, but consider these benefits cited in a recent Forbes article in which people reported a better life perspective and more motivation to achieve goals; feelings of greater creativity; and a reduction in conflict and tension in the workplace.

If those reasons aren’t enough to convince you, think about the health benefits – or consequences of avoiding vacations. Studies have shown that never taking time off can ignite issues ranging from health problems to burnout. And business psychology expert Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., has written that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and 70% of visits to healthcare providers are because of stress-related conditions. If you think you don’t have time for a vacation, you know you don’t have time for these negative situations.

With all you have going on with your business – and the business of raising kids – it’s easy to lose track of the importance of making sure you’re also taking care of yourself. Take this time and consider these tips to help you do just that.

About the Author:

Katie Murray

Contributor and Moderator

I am an author and moderator for the the SBA.gov Community. I'll share useful information for your entrepreneurial endeavors and help point you in the right direction to find other resources for your small business needs. Thanks for joining our online community here at SBA.gov!

Comments:

I am not a mother and I still find it quite informative and useful :-)
This information is not just for mothers, fathers should have it so. It is helpful to myself not much attention to the holidays. So I often feel tired and unfocused. I will need the holidays and trips Thank you kmurray !!!
i am sorry that the mother's day is passed,but fathar's day is coming .A good balance between work and our personal lives is important.i will go home this father's day .
Every momtrepreneur should read this blog! It's so important - for your business and your family - for you to handle stress appropriately and achieve a healthy balance between mom and business woman. An activity like yoga is a great way I destress during the week. Carve out some time for yourself. And building a talented, trustworthy business team is key to keeping your mind at ease.
This is so true. It is very easy to get caught up in work and miss out on the simple yet pleasing things in life. A trip to the park with the kids in great idea. Even if you still had work to do you could take your laptop and that would help the kids and yourself to get some fresh air.
Very good advice!! It's easy to get carried away with work and taking care of our families without thinking about our own health and happiness. This really hit a cord with me as I find myself skipping lunch on a daily basis and very rarely taking time off!! A healthy balance between work and our personal lives is important. I will most definitely be taking this advice and apply it to suit my life.
Effective post and useful for everyone,specially for Women entrepreneur.I appreciate you for your great efforts in findings which has affecting people like me. I am very impressed by this post and supportive one.
Interesting and inspiring article, I think that all support will be need to given to them. This lines are inspiring me a lot "Like an extended lunch break, vacations provide time to recharge. It may be challenging to think about leaving your business to get away for a long weekend or to take a trip for a week, but consider these benefits cited in a recent Forbes article in which people reported a better life perspective and more motivation to achieve goals; feelings of greater creativity; and a reduction in conflict and tension in the workplace."
When the question is about entrepreneurship it has nothing to do with living a stressed out life. Rather it means living a better life and work becomes a part of that life. It has nothing to do with skipping lunch because at the end of the day we work to feed ourselves along with our family members and most of it to make a better living. So, start living while expanding your business.
But not only moms, dads as well, knowing that relax or take a little off is good for your health, sometimes, the "small businessman" has no choice but to work and work and work, and even disconnected from moms work, many of them still have jobs at home. A nice post, congratulations.

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