How To Stop Thinking About Your Business for Work-Life Balance

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Learn early on in your Mompreneur life about setting boundaries.

As a business owner, you’re going to have your business on your mind all the time challenging your work-life balance.

Yes, we know you just can’t help it.

That’s especially true if you’ve only just started and you’ve still got a lot to put in place and work on, but the fact is that business owners are always thinking about their businesses no matter how long they’ve had them. 

Now that does make sense, but it’s also potentially quite problematic because it means you’ll never get a chance to relax and unwind, and that can lead to burnout, stress, and a lack of balance in your life, none of which is a good place to be in.

Finding ways to switch off and unwind is essential, but if you’re always thinking about your business—how can you do it?

The answer is to stop thinking about business. So here are some ideas to try to help you make that happen. 

Set Boundaries And Stick To Them

A brilliant way to help business owners stop thinking about their business (when they’re not meant to be thinking about it, of course) is to set boundaries so there’s no crossover between your work and your personal life. You’ll need to set out specific working hours and not go over them, so you never do any business-related activities when you’re meant to be relaxing and spending time with your family, for example. 

Equally, you shouldn’t do any personal stuff while you’re working. In that way, there’s a good balance and you won’t get distracted, which can mean you’ve got more work to do than hours to do it in. 

Do Physical Activity 

Physical activity is a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress. You can do whatever it is you enjoy because whether you go for a run, hit the gym, practice pilates at home, play sports, or anything else that might come to mind. As long as you’re increasing your heart rate, it’s a positive thing. 

So how does that help when it comes to thinking about work?

Doing physical activity is a great mindfulness activity, meaning you need to focus only on what you’re doing and not think about anything else.

In that way, if you’re only thinking about the sport you’re playing or the equipment you’re using or beating your personal best, you’re not thinking about the meeting you have to chair or the deal you need to make or the money you’ve got to find to do this thing or that one. Your mind will be clear, and by the time you get back to work, you should be in a better place to come up with answers. 

Do Puzzles And Play Games

On the same note, doing puzzles like a crossword and playing games – either board games or online ones, for example – can also help you stop thinking about work. Find a puzzle or game you really like, and use it as a great way to shift your focus away from thinking about work for a while. 

What’s really great about puzzles and games where you have to think about the answers to problems is that not only do you get to be more mindful, but your brain gets some stimulation too, which is great for your cognitive health, so there are plenty of reasons to do more puzzles whenever you can. 

It’s not always easy to be present when you run a business, but with effort and practice it becomes easier over time.

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