Don’t wait to give yourself a treat. You’ve earned it!

Owning a business involves a lot of give, give, give.

We pour our time, our energy, and our creativity into keeping our dream (and paycheck!) alive. Most of us give up on the idea of work-life balance long ago, and that can definitely make personal time a thing of the past. Heck, many of us happily give up sleep in pursuit of entrepreneurial success.

That’s why it’s so important to receive a little love, too — especially from ourselves.

Every entrepreneur deserves these four totally free gifts you can and should give yourself on a regular basis. With a little intentionality, they can become a regular part of your personal care routine.

Gift of Time

Ah, time. It seems like there’s never enough of it. Next time you find yourself feeling rushed, make a plan to carve out a little time, anyway, for brainstorming and creative development. Shuffle some priorities, if you must; as a business owner, you need time to develop your ideas and keep growing. The key is to actually block out this time on your schedule — even if you don’t have a whole day to refine a new idea, you can pencil in a few minutes of brainstorming time. Later, you can plan ahead and commit to a retreat where your soul can be refreshed and your creativity stimulated.

Gift of Forgiveness

Nobody is perfect, and there are plenty of mistakes to be made in the journey of business ownership. Give yourself some grace. Along the way, you’ll make mistakes, and some days, you won’t get everything done. It’s okay. Let go of the pressure to live up to a perfect veneer and embrace the reality that life is messy. In the end, we’re all human. Let’s recognize our flaws, value our strengths, and embrace the imperfection. A little forgiveness can go a long way towards protecting you from burnout.

Gift of Relaxation

It’s hard to take a break when you’re running the show, but you deserve a breather! A little time away can do wonders for your perspective. It’s best to make relaxation a regular part of your work habits to prevent the burnout that comes from chronic stress. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to recharge your batteries. The gift of relaxation can be as lavish or basic as you wish — it can even be as simple as taking a nap! With a little break, you’ll return to your work more productive, efficient, and optimistic.

Gift of “I-Kick-Ass”

As a business owner, you wear so many hats. You pursue dreams, overcome obstacles, and leap over walls in a single bound. It’s a fact: You’re a superheroine! So don’t forget to celebrate your awesomeness from time to time. Make space in your schedule to celebrate your accomplishments in ways that are meaningful to you. Don’t wait for the big milestones to start celebrating. Your small victories are worth honoring, too. When you take time to recognize the value of your achievements, you validate your hard work and build momentum around your business and brand at the same time.

Neglect is the nemesis of growth, so take some time to nurture your heart and mind with these four free gifts for your entrepreneurial soul. By focusing on refilling your creative and personal well, you will not only feel better, your business will thank you for it.

Replenishing yourself can be as simple as honoring your efforts with time, forgiveness, relaxation, and celebration.

So keep up the great work, Wonder Woman!

About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO

Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.

She loves LEAP because:

We’re an authentic resource for women who want the nitty-gritty details of running a business. I want everyone to have the same amazing resources I had.

A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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