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Issue #2 • February 2017

How to Manage the Stress of the Side Hustle with Good Habits

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Being an entrepreneur is going to take your time, your energy, and your brain capacity. But you already know that, right?

It seems like an obvious statement because it is. I don’t think anyone jumps into starting a business and thinks, “Piece of cake!” Especially when starting a side gig, you know you need to be self-motivated, good at delegating and compartmentalizing, and you know you’re going to be a very busy person.

But even though you’re prepared for the late nights, the shuffling, and your new work responsibilities, have you thought how you’re going to take care of yourself in the midst of it all?

Anticipating the toll your side gig can take on your life and creating good personal habits to avoid stress is essential.

Creating good personal habits will help you stay motivated in your side hustle

It’s important to know how to be at your best so you can be focused and excited about your side gig after a long day at the office. To do that, you have to create a solid foundation for your side gig by forming good personal habits that allow you to love your side gig from the outset.

So what are those good personal habits? They are whatever makes you feel good, strong, and capable in your body and in your soul. Have you ever heard the phrase, “you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others”? It’s basically that. It’s about taking inventory of your life and finding out what it takes for you to feel 100%.

Everyone is different, but I think these six good personal habits are universal for creating a strong foundation for everything else that happens in our lives.


Prioritize sleep

You know how you feel after a 4-hour sleep night? You can barely roll yourself out of bed let alone have good clarity to make big, game-time decisions.

This is a no-brainer. We all know we need sleep to function properly, but that doesn't mean we’re always good at prioritizing it like we should. Maybe you have trouble setting a regular bedtime. Maybe your mind can’t stop spinning around your to-do list. Or maybe no matter how much you sleep you still never wake up feeling refreshed.

Whatever it is that’s keeping you from that peaceful dreamland, you have to figure out how to remove those obstacles to get the sleep your body needs. Here’s a couple apps to check out that could help you get started.

Sleep Genius

Sleep Cycle

Pzizz


Fuel your body

You are what you eat. So if you’re chowing down on greasy potato chips and quenching your thirst with liters of carbonated sugar, you can bet your body and brain are going to crash from a frenzied digestive issue pretty soon.

We need nutrients to fuel our bodies to keep them running at 100%. But it’s not always easy to keep a pantry stocked with energy-packed snacks or know what constitutes a healthy dinner. To help you get your meal time and hydration needs met, here are a couple helpful apps to show you that eating right can be easy and delicious.

Waterlogged

Shopwell

Nom Nom Paleo

Recipes by Wellness Mama


Commit to exercise

Did you know that exercise can actually make your brain work better? Yes, we know that working out helps us get stronger, feel capable, and gives us long-lasting energy, but how awesome is it that exercise can help us focus too?

While you should absolutely keep up with a regular exercise program, I’d also suggest taking a little break during the day if your brain needs a little recharge. Here are some apps that I personally love going to if I’m feeling a bit sluggish in the afternoon.

12 Minute Athlete

Asana Rebel

Daily Burn


Observe your mental health

As a side gigger, you’ll be pulled in a million different directions, so it’s important to have a strong, clear, and calm mindset. If you can start from a place of peace, it won’t matter how big the roadblock, the long, late night hours, or how upset a customer might be, you’ll have the wherewithal to handle it.

To get you started, here are some apps to help with everything from meditation and tracking your moods to simply remembering to breathe.

Simple Habit

Calm

Noisli

Breathe2Relax

Worry Watch


Spend time with your family

Making time for your family is absolutely the most important thing you can do as a side-gigger. Whether it’s your spouse, your kids, your parents, or your siblings, staying grounded with the people who are with you through thick and thin is how you’ll survive the rollercoaster that is running a business.

Here are a couple fun apps that will help you turn off the TV and enjoy time with the ones you love.

Heads Up!

Reverse Charades

Who Can’t Draw


Take time for yourself

The business world often inappropriately celebrates long work hours, sacrificing personal time, and taking on more responsibility than necessary. But this kind of unrelenting work will only lead to high stress, work fatigue, and possibly even health problems. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to avoid this– vacation!

Yes, you MUST take vacations. You need to step away from all your work. I’m talking about no emails, no Slack, no social media, and no customers. Take the rest that you so rightfully deserve and have some fun. Sit on a beach, climb a mountain, or find the best cocktail bars in a new city. Whatever it is that makes your heart happy, do it. I’m going to say it's a necessity.

A couple links to help you get planning:

AirBnB

Hotels.com

Travel and Leisure

Ready to take care of yourself?

Did this post give you ideas for how you can start forming good personal habits today? If you feel empowered to take control of your life, share this post! Starting new positive personal habits with your friends is the best way to stay accountable and make that change happen.

Dani Stewart

As a daughter of an entrepreneur, the wife of an entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur herself, Dani has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as a decade of crafting content to the ConvertKit community. She is a part-time baker, dinner-party planner, and lover of good bourbon living the simple life in Nashville with her husband, Sean.

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