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April 29, 2015 | Women In Business

How I Make Time for Myself After the Stress of Tax Day

Thank goodness tax time is over, right? I, like most small business owners, find this time of year a bit stressful. So after April 15 passes, I’m all about rejuvenating and recharging my battery.

When you run a business, whether you’re the only staff or you manage a team of ten, it is essential that you make time for yourself. Otherwise, you’re a stressed out ball of tension that puts your business —and your health — in jeopardy.

We’re all in the same boat here, so I thought I’d share how I decompress.

1. Exercise

I live for exercise! It’s what helps me drain away the stress of the day and keep my body in shape. I work out 4-5 times a week — sometimes even 6! I enjoy barre classes, running, and cross-training with my personal trainer a few times a week with weights.

But I’m not the only one seeing benefits from exercise in my business. In a study of entrepreneurs who ran, it was proven that they excelled at sales and achieving personal goals. So lace up those running shoes, folks!

2. Spend Time with My Family

My family is my sanctuary away from work. Sure, I love work too, but my family wins out every time. We love going to the beach, park, or museums together. And we’re not above a good singalong in the car!

When you’re stressed, it can be difficult to remember that you’ve got a support system around you, right in your own home. Reach out and find ways to connect. Even something as simple as a hug from your youngest can lighten your load and make your day easier.

3. Pamper Time

My motto is: if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of others. That goes for my home family and my work family. That’s why I build me time in each week. I love my massages and manicures as much as the next girl, but sometimes I don’t have time for something that big. So a nice, hot bath or walk by myself also fits the bill.

I know too many entrepreneurs — especially women — who give and give and then have nothing left for themselves. It’s not healthy. Believe me: I’ve been there. Even if it feels selfish sometimes, put yourself first and replenish the well so you can be there for others.

<a href="https://www.corpnet.com/blog/author/nellieakalp/" target="_self">Nellie Akalp</a>

Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and mother of four amazing kids. As CEO of CorpNet.com, she has helped more than half a million entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Fox Small Business. A passionate entrepreneur herself, Akalp is committed to helping others take the reigns and dive into small business ownership. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community and has been honored as a Small Business Influencer Champion three years in a row.

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