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How to Get Rid of the Beliefs That Keep You From Reaching Your Full Potential

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Did you know that we all have two types of beliefs? The enhancers that allow us to succeed and the limitations that do not allow us to grow and lead us to failure. Do you want to know how to get rid of the last ones? Keep reading!
We will start by asking ourselves what are beliefs? They are a series of deeply rooted principles, ideas, rules or thoughts that generally come from our childhood and were fixed in our subconscious by an authority figure or by our own experiences.
As we said there are two types, the enhancers that empower us and offer us resources to go beyond our limits and the limitations that put us in obstacles, constantly slow us down to leave us within our comfort zone and lead us to not being able to achieve our objectives.
Both influence our way of acting and thinking, however, according to Joseph O’Connor and Andrea Lages, in their book Coaching with NLP , beliefs are principles of action.
That is, if you want to know what a person believes, look at what they do, not what they believe. Each of us build our own beliefs based on our experiences, but then we act as if they are absolute truths, in other words, we are what we do.
If you observe a successful person, you will surely see that they have a set of empowering beliefs around them. His experiences have led him to think that there is nothing or no one who can stand between him and his target, consciously or unconsciously.
But on the other hand there are also people with limiting beliefs. Those who wake up every day saying to themselves, “Success is difficult”, “Others are better than me”, “It takes luck to succeed”, “Fixed income is more secure”, and so on.
These types of beliefs are the culprits that we do not achieve our objectives and generally fear hides under them, which prevents us from developing and does not allow us to see the growth possibilities that reality offers us.
But then what do you do to get rid of the limiting beliefs?
What we need is to create a process of consciousness through 10 steps with questions that will lead us to question the effectiveness of limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs.
These 10 steps are as follows:
1. Identify the limiting belief
First you have to identify the limiting belief by asking yourself questions like these: Why does this happen to me frequently? Who told me that this must be so? What makes me think this? Some examples of limiting beliefs can be: “All men / women are equal”, “I will never be able to achieve that”, “I am not good at public speaking”, and so on.
2. Ask ourselves where we got that belief from
We need to ask ourselves, where did I get this belief from? Was it from experience or from an authority figure and what was the context? What is the reason why I think that way?
3. Ask ourselves what this belief is of use to us. (Positive and negative)
All beliefs have some positive point, however some lose validity, for example: As children we were taught not to talk to strangers, that belief was positive in childhood, however, in adulthood it loses validity because we have to learn to relate to people outside our social circle, in other words, networking . It is important to identify what was the original positive reason and later understand the loss of validity and its current negative reason by not allowing us to grow and develop.
4. Give us the opportunity to change our belief
After reflecting on the loss of validity of belief and how it has become a limit to our growth, we must give ourselves the opportunity to change that belief for a new one. This is where the consciousness process begins.
5. Replace the old belief with a new one
Once we have made the decision to change the belief, we must replace it with the positive opposite belief. For example, we can replace the belief that “I’m not good at public speaking” with “I don’t have the skills to speak in public yet.” The second suggests that the skills are not available, but can be acquired.
6. How can I improve my life by applying the new belief?
Then we must analyze the different scenarios and how we can improve our life by applying the new positive belief. Following the previous example, we could infer that by acquiring the new skills we could not only speak in public but also improve our security and self-esteem in front of a group of people.
7. How could my life be made worse by this new belief?
In the same way, we must analyze what the negative scenarios will be in case of applying the new belief. The goal here is to reflect on how little our life would be adversely affected as we are trying to implant new positive beliefs.
8. What’s the best thing that can happen to you if you continue the old belief?
Having asked ourselves the previous questions, it would be necessary to analyze what would be the best scenario that could happen to us if we continue with the old belief. By reflecting on this question we will understand that we are going to continue the same and with the same inconveniences that the old belief entails
9. What is the best thing that can happen to you with the new belief?
And then ask ourselves what would be the best scenario if we change to the new positive belief. For example, having public speaking skills could improve my job meetings, or I could give lectures, etc. Einstein used to say, “It’s crazy to do the same thing over and over again expecting to get different results. If you are looking for different results, do different things”.
10. Create an action plan to install and fix the new belief
Finally, what we have to do is make sure that the new positive belief is installed in our subconscious and that our actions are congruent with this new way of thinking.
For this we must develop a small action plan with tasks and commitments that include new behaviors, behavior change and new forms of language, related to the new positive belief that we wish to implement.
Some limiting beliefs are difficult to change as they are deeply ingrained and to do so alone many times it takes more than just courage and courage. In these cases, the accompaniment of a certified coach with NLP studies is required.
If you are interested in changing any beliefs or want to know more about this process, you can contact me at jesus@lideremprendedor.com .
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Morning Routine Mistakes Could Cost You Productivity and Peace

March 6, 2021 5 min read
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Everyone loves to swap tips about how to make an epic morning routine, but when it comes to implementation, there are a few easy whoopsies that are far too easy to make. Hitting the snooze button, starting your day from the bed and sacrificing your morning productivity time for a late-night Netflix marathon are all potential ways to sabotage the potential your mornings have. 
And potential, indeed. A growing body of research is finding that mornings are actually the most optimal time for you to ideate or be creative. A study in the Thinking & Reasoning Journal reported that the perceived-to-be least optimal times for thinking and creativity (such as first thing in the morning, when you’re groggy and still on your first cup of coffee) are actually the most optimal times. “Results showed consistently greater insight problem-solving performance during non-optimal times of day compared to optimal times of day,” the research stated.
Related: What Your Morning Routine Is Missing
So, the cost of making mistakes in your morning routine is quite high. Imagine the groundbreaking ideas for your business, next book, or even next family vacation that could surface in the light of the morning! Make sure you aren’t making the following mistakes that will cost you productivity and peace. 
Mistake 1: Diving out of bed the second the alarm goes off 
For sure, this mistake is done with good intentions — as a bit of a defense mechanism, if you will. If you force yourself to fly out of bed the moment you hear the dreaded alarm, you may be less likely to lay there and break into a mental argument about whether or not the morning commute can afford you an extra five minutes of snooze time. But, this drastic action disconnects you from your body immediately. A better alternative? Take just a few minutes to stretch and elongate your body as much as possible. 
This concept is inspired by researcher Amy Cuddy, who coined the term “Power Pose.” When your body stretches out, you’ll actually feel more confident. In addition to this mood boost, a stretch first thing (even by putting your arms into a V shape, which Cuddy says boosts incredible happiness) increases your blood flow to all areas of your body.
After a few minutes of stretching, take your time getting out of bed and going about your immediate morning routine: making coffee, brushing your teeth and getting dressed. Then, consider doing the Power Pose again while standing up, or even during your morning shower! 
Related: 14 of the Best Morning Routine Hacks Proven to Boost Productivity
Mistake 2: Checking your phone immediately
A Lifestyle of Mobile Consumers Survey reported that 1 out of every 4 young adults checks their phones within one minute of waking up. It’s tempting, for sure — especially nowadays, when there is so much information on your email, social media and in your text messages. But Glenn Lundy, the host and founder of the incredibly popular #RiseandGrind podcast, says this is a major mistake. 
“Neither your mind nor your body are ready for that type of stimulation first thing,” Lundy shared. “When you’re groggily waking up, it’s important to focus on presence and gratitude, rooting yourself in your own body through some morning movement and writing down your goals.” These pieces of advice are from his #TheMorning5 67 day challenge, which has been taken up by tens of thousands of individuals across the globe. 
“Remember that there’s nothing on your phone that can’t wait for you,” Lundy explained. “And, you’ll be better equipped to handle any work crisis or exciting news when you’ve fully woken up and completed a healthy morning routine.” 
Mistake 3: Sleeping in too late
Now, we aren’t telling you which hours you should or shouldn’t be sleeping, but consider this. If you know you’re tempted to check your phone first thing because you feel like you’re missing something, imagine how much that temptation will reside if you wake up earlier than most do. There’s something to this. A study by Amerisleep shared the stunning differences between early risers and late risers in productivity, salary, and general quality of life. 
The study reported that “people who get themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn — yes, we’re talking about 4 am — responded they felt “highly productive” 71% of the time. Compare that to people who snooze until 11 am, the least likely group to report being productive. They’re only productive 36% of the time.” 
This productivity also translates to money, as the study found that the early risers made an average of $15,000 more each year than the late sleepers. 
Related: Working From Home? Here’s Why You Need a Fake Commute.
Ultimately, what works best in your morning routine does come down to personal preference. This is an invitation to experiment. We all have the same 24 hours, and we all have a “morning routine,” whether it’s set in stone and followed habitually, or something that looks different every single day. Consider that the first hour of your day sets the tone for the rest of your day, and therefore, is likely the most important time to take full advantage of. Stretch out, keep that phone turned off, and consider rising earlier than you’re used to. The proof in both productivity and peace will reveal itself.

Improve Your Email Copy Writing Skills With Zoho’s Webinar

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The free webinar is going to highlight the importance of writing impactful email marketing using your unique voice. Because your voice is what connects with your audience and makes your brand memorable. The tips you will learn for writing effective copy will teach you how to establish the voice of your brand and hone in on your company’s goals so that this messaging can shine in your email marketing.
This is the first webinar in a series addressing email marketing. Following this one, there will be two more webinars titled, Building and Maintaining Your Lists and Automating and Monitoring Your Lists. Together these webinars will give a basic understanding of how to more effectively use emails as part of your marketing for your small business.
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3 HR Strategies You Need to Know for a Post-Pandemic World

March 6, 2021 5 min read
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The Human Resources reality regarding what offices will look like, once the vaccinations really kick in, has given every company pause.
In this new environment, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and staying connected to your team is more important than ever.
According to research from Boston Consulting Group, companies anticipate that approximately 40 percent of employees will be remote in the future. Additionally, 37 percent of businesses expect that more than 25 percent of their employees will use a hybrid model consisting of both in-person and remote work.
It is crucial to ensure new employees feel included, whether they are working remotely, or from the office. Behold a trio of tips ways to agilely adapt existing HR strategies in a wildly evolving workplace landscape.  
1. Check your tech
Per Paychex research, 83 percent of HR leaders say that technology has improved the overall employee experience and 79 percent say that it enables employees to be more efficient. These tools can range from self-service tools to communication and collaborative platforms. Tools such as those for completing paperwork using e-signature features, are a simple solution for new hires who are onboarding remotely. When hiring an employee who may not interact in-person with colleagues, an engaging onboarding process is more important than ever.
Particularly as modern expectations for a remote and digital user experience mount, self-service technology has become table-stakes. New employees expect a digital, mobile and streamlined experience throughout the employee lifecycle. HR processes should mirror the user-friendly digital experience employees have come to expect, while driving efficiency for the business.
In a remote world, it’s important to ensure that workers are aware of every benefit and offering available to them. This can include trainings through a learning management solution, a student loan assistance program, employee assistance programs (EAP), financial counseling, career development programs and more, all of which could be crucial during this difficult time. Technology can also help facilitate important processes for employers that might have typically been handled in person at the office. For example: Review paystubs online, ensure W-2 forms are sent to the appropriate home addresses and verify social security numbers for tax purposes.
Related: How Are Today’s Business Leaders And the HR Function Navigating Challenges? 
2. Take a hard look at work-from-home policies
Offering your team the option to work from home, either partly or full-time, can boost motivation. This flexibility can prove to an employee that they are valued, resulting in increased retention overall. Workers will remember how their managers treated them through the pandemic. If they feel their employer demonstrated trust by giving them the flexibility to complete their work in a way that worked best for them under incredibly unique circumstances? Chances are they’ll be more loyal in the long-term.
Without limitations on location, businesses can look to extend their reach to attract and hire top talent, focusing on skill sets rather than the boundaries of a physical office or even state. This helps small businesses compete by hiring top talent which could improve their bottom line. The most innovative, creative and proactive leaders will likely be the ones that yield the greatest success during this unprecedented time. 
Related: 5 Breakthrough Approaches to Hiring in the COVID-19 World
3. Attentive employee communications
 Previously, manager and employee connection points may have occurred more organically with team members easily being able to collaborate in person. In a remote workforce, more effort is required and managers may find themselves extending their employee touch points outside of “regular” hours to demonstrate flexibility and accessibility.  While many may be enjoying working from home, others may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated as their daytime responsibilities have now expanded to managing the household.
A virtual work environment may also leave some employees feeling distant from their peers, and the pressure of balancing home with work has proven difficult for many. These check-ins should consist of conversations beyond office-related topics to not only understand if an employee’s workload is too intense, but to also gain insight into his or her general wellbeing. Regular conversations can boost morale by providing them with knowledge their managers care about them as people and not just as faceless cylinders in an engine.
Furthermore, workload may lead to employee burn out. It’s important that managers communicate to their employees that taking time off is essential, even when travel may not be possible. 
Businesses should ensure there are clear guidelines around leave management. Throughout the pandemic, employees may have to take leave due to their family members falling ill, childcare needs or their own health concerns. Companies should understand their obligations under the federal laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Businesses should also understand their obligations, if any, under state and local laws related to leave. 
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10 Tips for Building and Strengthening Business Relationships

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Relationships are key to any successful business. You need to form them with business partners, mentors, customers, vendors, and even others in your industry. For tips on creating and strengthening these relationships, see insights from members of the online small business community below.

Consider the Benefits of Small Business Mentoring
There’s always something to learn about running a small business. Luckily, there are plenty of people with more experience who can lend their expertise. And those with plenty of experience can benefit from sharing their insights with others. Learn more about the benefits of small business mentorship in this Strella Social Media post.
Find Stronger People Connections
Human connections can be the building blocks behind a successful business. But it takes work to build those relationships and strengthen them over time. In this Startup Professionals Musings post, Martin Zwilling explores some strategies you can use to build stronger connections.
Use These Video Conferencing Apps
Video conferencing is more important than ever for building and fostering business relationships. But there are tons of different apps to choose from. In this SmallBizViewpoints post, Harry Vaishnav lists and explains four of the top options. And the BizSugar community featured further discussion here.
Learn the Art of Customer Satisfaction
Your most important business relationships are those with your customers. Keeping them happy can mean the difference between success and failure. This is where the art of customer satisfaction comes in. Ivan Widjaya elaborates on the concept in this Biz Penguin post.
Foster Cross Departmental Collaboration
Relationships within your team can also make a major impact on your company’s success. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile for employees from different departments to work together. So you should have a process for doing so. This Process Street post by Molly Stovold includes tips for businesses and team leaders.
Carefully Consider Your Business Internet Plan
Since many businesses operate largely online, your relationship with your internet service provider is essential. Instead of just going with a default plan, it may be worth doing some research. Becca Williams details some things to look for in this post on the Smallbiztechnology.com blog.
Livestream with Other Instagram Users
Instagram recently updated its live feature to allow up to four users to stream together at once. This can be a unique way for businesses and influencers to grow their network. Learn more about the feature and its potential impact in this Search Engine Journal post by Matt Southern.
Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Website
In order to form effective relationships, people need to be able to easily get in touch with you. A contact form on your website can be one of the easiest ways to do so. In this Blogging Wizard post, Lindsay Liedke explores how to add one on WordPress sites. And BizSugar members chimed inchimed in here.
Consider the Legal Elements of Forming a Partnership
A partnership is an official business structure where more than one person form the company together. This isn’t just about forming and strengthening the business relationship with your partner. There are also legal elements to consider. Nellie Akalp elaborates in this CorpNet post.
Find the Right Type of Employees
When growing a team, you can choose between hiring traditional employees and freelancers. There are pros and cons to both, so it’s important to think about the specifics of your business. Learn more in the discussion posted on The Franchise King blog by Joel Libava.
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Entrepreneur Franchise of the Day: Interim Healthcare

Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare’s franchisees offer home care, hospice and medical staffing services.

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The #1 health care franchise
Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare’s locally owned and operated home care, hospice and medical staffing franchises have become a trusted source of care and services. With more than 300 independently owned and operated franchise locations in 43 states, Interim’s independent franchisees provide non-medical, medical, hospice and healthcare staffing services to approximately 50,000 people annually.
Obtain Financial and Personal Rewards
The Interim HealthCare mission of improving lives means you have the opportunity to do well by doing good; it’s rare to find a franchise that offers the combination of both financial and personal rewards. As the original home care company, we’ve experienced consistent growth for more than 50 years!
The Interim HealthCare franchise system offers franchisees:
An affordable investment with multi-unit expansion potential
Opportunity for a diversified service mix to build additional cash flow
Comprehensive training and innovative marketing programs
Unmatched depth of expertise in non-medical, medical, hospice and healthcare staffing services
Alignment with a the original home care brand
As an Interim HealthCare franchisee, you can feel proud to be in a business that touches so many lives in such a positive way, each and every day. Just ask our current franchisees — they have an average tenure in our business of 18 years.
Support You Need as a Franchisee 
Interim HealthCare provides the training and support you will need to successfully operate your Interim HealthCare franchise, regardless of your background or experience. Our system ensures that you will start up properly and transition quickly into effective day-to-day management and operations. Interim HealthCare’s training and support includes:
Comprehensive on-site, online and in-field training programs
Sales and marketing support and access to an online marketing portal
Operations expertise in franchise business operations from the industry’s most experienced home care, hospice and medical staffing professionals
Access to a Web-based information technology system that supports Interim’s core franchise businesses
Ability to network with seasoned franchisees who have licensed, Medicare Certified businesses
Testimonials
“The franchise support and attention received exceeded my expectations. My office is growing by non-medical and staffing. We expect this coming year to nearly double.”Cathy Olsen – Interim HealthCare Owner
“Our operations have experienced tremendous growth the past several years. We have purchased additional territory to grow into the opportunities presenting themselves in our market. Our on-site visits from national headquarters have been critical to helping us·continue to grow.”Michael Priddy – Interim HealthCare Owner
Fill out the information form to request additional information and learn how you can become a part of our growing healthcare team today!
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This Audio Optimizer Helps You Get the Most Out of Your Speakers and Headphones

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March 6, 2021 2 min read
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Whether you’re a frequent webinar attendee, you have a lot of virtual meetings in which you use headphones, or you simply like to listen to music while you work, you expect the best out of your audio. Unfortunately, most headphones are not engineered to do that through your Mac or Windows computer. That’s why Audio Optimization Experience is such a useful tool.
Audio Optimization Experience (AOE) is a software that enhances the audio quality coming out of your speakers or headphones. Powered by Bongiovi Acoustics Lab’s Digital Power Station technology, AOE uses a patented algorithm with 120 calibration points to optimize any audio signal in real-time. The DPS tech adds depth, clarity, definition, presence, and outstanding stereo field imaging instantly — which is all fancy talk for “your audio is going to sound incredible.”
Video conferencing software like Google Voice, Skype, Zoom, and Facetime will all come to even more vibrant life through your device’s onboard speakers, external speakers, or headphones, thanks to the greatly enhanced audio. Not to mention, audio presentations, videos, VOIP, apps, and music will all sound incredible as well. In fact, esports teams and gamers around the world use AOE to enhance their gaming experiences and improve their gameplay – so you know it’s high-quality.
Get more out of the audio you listen to every day. Right now, a lifetime subscription to Audio Optimization Experience is 83 percent off $299 at just $49.99.
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Expand Your Skill-Set and Learn Photography and Photoshop From Professionals Who Have Worked With Marvel, Kanye, and More

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Photoshop is one of those skills, like Excel or PowerPoint, that isn’t essential in school, but becomes extremely valuable when you’re in the workforce – especially if you’re running your own business. Quality design is crucial for startups and established companies alike, but it can be costly. If you can handle your business’s own design needs, that’s a huge cost-saving measure.
So, why not learn photography and Photoshop now? Whether you want to tell a story, sell a product, or just become a better photographer, this professional Photo School is available now for $199.99.
This 20-hour course will introduce you to the basics of photography and teach you the fundamentals of photography at a professional level. The instructors have photographed A-list celebrities like Rihanna, LeBron James, and Clint Eastwood, and have created movie posters of blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, and Iron Man 3.
You’ll learn to differentiate lens types and understand each camera mode in detail, regardless of what you’re working with. Additionally, you’ll learn the importance of lighting and how to effectively work with natural light. Finally, you’ll take a deep dive into Photoshop, understanding the tools and functions of the software as well as how to process and retouch photos.
Get a professional quality photography education and learn how to save money by handling your own design tasks. Right now, the Photo School is accessible for just $199.99.
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3 Tips For Avoiding Burnout As An Entrepreneur

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While managing your own startup can be incredibly rewarding, there is no denying it can also be extremely stressful. From managing the ins and outs of running your business to trying make sure that you actually generate a profit, startup founders have a lot on their plate. This can unsurprisingly lead to a lot of stress.
Unfortunately, when stress gets to be too much, founders can easily become overwhelmed and burnt out. They lose their passion for their work, and their startup suffers as a result.
In fact, 8% of startup failures are directly attributed to founder burnout. The good news is that extreme stress and burnout are avoidable when you practice some basic self-care:

3 Tips For Avoiding Burnout As An Entrepreneur | Stephanie Burns
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1. Develop Self-Awareness
One of the biggest problems facing startup founders is a lack of self-awareness. When you are so focused on what is going on with your business, it can become all too easy to ignore your own needs. Worse yet, you might brush off your physical, mental or emotional state as unimportant in light of what you’re currently dealing with at work.

Neglecting your body’s cues is a surefire path to burnout. When you build self-awareness, you become more conscious about the decisions you’re making and actions you’re taking. This results in more deliberate decision-making that can help you better handle stress.
To achieve this, entrepreneur coach Kathleen Stetson recommends, “By simply bringing your attention to your experience of your life as it is right now, you can build self-awareness. This is because every time you bring your attention to what is going on in your body and your mind, you are working to train your brain to bring your attention to your body and mind the next time, and the next time. So soon, you can quickly and easily refocus away from, for example, the worries zooming around in your head to the important meeting at hand.”

Take a step back to consider why you’re feeling or thinking the way you are. Observing your emotions and thought processes can help you identify situations or even people that increase your stress, and that should be avoided.

2. Learn To Say ‘No’
Saying “no” in your personal life is one thing. But when it comes to their business, many founders seem to have a hard time saying no, which leaves them overburdened and stretched all too thin.
In a recent conversation with Tracey Jewel, founder of Upself, a company that supports individuals with practicing self-care, she explained, “Too many founders fall into the trap of thinking they need to work 100-hour weeks if they want to have any chance of success. A lot of the time, this comes because they feel like they have to handle everything themselves.”
“In reality, more founders need to say ‘no’ to adding more to their list of responsibilities. You can’t do it all by yourself. Learning to delegate or outsource different tasks could be one of the best ways to lower your stress levels,” continued Tracey.
Regardless of which stage of growth your startup is in, chances are you’re taking on more responsibilities than you really need to. Quite often, mundane yet important tasks like invoicing add up to create a real time burden that prevents you from getting away from the desk.
Finding opportunities to delegate or outsource to trusted individuals will help you cut down the number of hours you need to work each week, leaving you more time to practice self-care.

3. Be Deliberate In Identifying De-Stressing Activities
There are more ways to relax than taking a day trip to the spa. Unfortunately, many founders skip out on de-stressing activities because they think the only thing that qualify as “self-care” is an hour-long massage or meditation session.
However, as Ali Colwell, Head of Marketing at Salesflare writes, self-care is “The deliberate act of doing something that helps our mental, emotional and physical health. That means self-care can be as simple as drinking enough water during the day or taking your prescribed medications on time. Self-care can include a long walk around your favorite park, re-reading your favorite book and, yes, if you’d like, some meditation in the morning.”
As part of your process of increasing self-awareness, take a step back to consider which activities help you feel calm and relaxed. Once you’ve identified this, carve out time in your busy schedule for your de-stressing activity. A daily walk or reading break can provide a powerful mental reset that leaves you rejuvenated.
Don’t be afraid to specifically schedule such activities into your calendar if needed. Setting an alarm so that you stop for a half-hour reading break could keep you from getting so caught up in work that you stay up until four in the morning.
Eliminating stress from your life as a startup founder isn’t going to happen overnight — or ever. The very nature of running a business is going to be inherently stressful.
But, by focusing on your personal needs and practicing self-care, you can ensure that the daily stresses of entrepreneurship don’t become an overwhelming burden. It’s time to start changing your habits so you can truly enjoy what you do and turn your startup into a lasting success.