Side hustles can certainly be demanding. Moreover, depending on how much effort you are willing to put into your new job, pursuing something else is not only exciting, but it can also be draining if you don't put as much time, care, and attention into caring for yourself. If you can relate and know you need to make more time for yourself in-between running your side hustle, farragio shares how to make it happen sooner.
Make sure you get enough shuteye
While it may be tempting to feel you have to work round the clock to make your dreams happen, it's vital that you don't sacrifice your sleep to do so. In fact, as the Mental Health Foundation notes, quality sleep is so essential to our general wellbeing that it would be wise to pay attention to our bodies when it's begging for more sleep. Moreover, if you want to be focused, alert, and energized to manage your side hustle as best you can each day, then getting enough quality sleep every night is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Taking time out to relax
Suppose you have committed to working odd hours (at least in the beginning) to get your business off the ground. If so, The Burnout Gamble points out that you'll also need to prioritize time off to rest and relax to avoid burnout. In fact, as paradoxical as it may seem, rest is integral to success. When you take time out to meditate, go for a walk, have a long soothing bath, or go for a facial at a skincare facility, you are allowing your mind, body, and senses time to catch up and cope with the busyness of life.
Eating what's best for your mind and body
It's easy to resort to junk food, fast food, or unhealthy foods when you're hungry, and you don't have the time to prepare a healthy meal. But doing life this way is sure to only cause you misery down the line. Instead, you should rather incorporate a healthy meal plan into your busy schedule (which you can easily do with the myriad of apps available). Because when you choose to eat more healthily, you are doing yourself (and your body) a favor in the long run, as your body and mind will thrive on nutrient-rich food in the end.
Finding more efficient ways to run your side hustle
Suppose you find that time seems to escape you most days, and you don't have any left over to do things that you enjoy. Then you should try to find ways to run your business more efficiently, so you'll have that extra time available each day to spend on yourself. For example, if time management is your Achilles heel, there are apps online that can help you manage your day better. Organization not your strong point? Then look for systems that can help you structure your day better, including streamlining accounting tasks. With easy-to-use accounting software, it’s easier to store and organize receipts and other documents so you can get the most deductions come tax time while staying compliant. It'll also give you real-time reports on cash flow so you can make the best informed business decisions.
In summary, it's important not to get lost in the busyness of work, especially if it's at the cost of your health and mental sanity. Instead, it's better to approach business with a healthy mindset by making self-care a top priority.