In fact, there are 114% more women-owned businesses than just 20 years ago. Women entrepreneurs tend to have higher success at crowdfunding yet usually seek–and receive–less funding and loans than male-owned companies. And still, 40% of business owners in the US are women entrepreneurs. Indeed women in business are crucial to our nation and the world.
With the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, women-owned businesses began. Now 12.3 million companies in the US are women-owned. More and more women entrepreneurs are stepping into the business world. But stepping into industry doesn’t mean stepping out of femininity or womanhood. It is a journey of finding a balance between business and children for some. For others, it is finding a balance between work-drive and personal-life.
Self-care is the mindful act of dedicating oneself to the care of their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This can be setting boundaries, eating well, getting exercise, having downtime, and beyond. It is whatever habits and rituals you use to keep you healthy and grounded. Self-care is personalized to your own needs, and it is one of the most important things we do in our lives. How we care for ourselves directly relates to how we can care for others – including our business.
Read on for tips from the women entrepreneurs of Mana for being in business while still maintaining their self-care.
Shimyrre is Co-Founder and Director of Product for Mana Artisan Botanics. You’ll often find her sipping copious amounts of hot tea while working on brand and product development to support your health Aloha-style. As a trained herbalist and holistic healthcare practitioner, she revels in enjoyable, effective, and elevated plant medicine that helps the people and the planet.
It’s the best and most easily overlooked personal investment, in my opinion. Often, we orient around what is happening in our lives, the people we love and care for, our careers, our goals, yet if we aren’t supporting ourselves along the way, then being able to enjoy those things is compromised. I’ve learned that many times over, and it’s a constant course correction because life is dynamic. Self-care for me also means opening to more patience, self-compassion, and grace on the day-to-day. Laughter and music are essential for me as well. There are many ways that we can choose to sustain how we feel in our bodies and our hearts, and everyone has their unique flow.
My favorite self-care moments include simple things that feel nourishing—drinking fresh water right out of bed—stretching, and morning movement like jumping on the rebounder or a kettlebell workout. My acupressure mat is one of my favorite things. I often lay on it before sitting in silence. Adaptogenic tonics with homemade nut milk are a definite staple. I love hot showers, so hydrating afterward inside and out is a must. I’ll often make a green drink beforehand, so it’s ready and waiting for me post-shower (spirulina, lemon, ginger, cayenne, and a hint of maple syrup is my favorite). I keep my skin supple with our Body Oil or other skin-loving goodies. Abandoning technology in the last hour of the night is deeply grounding as well.
Choose you daily because you deserve it. Keep it light, simple, and special. Creating new patterns takes time and is easier with a few key focus points. Set yourself up for success by making your new practice reasonable. Leave a few essential oils in your shower. Before bed, leave your morning beverage set up on the counter. Prep a snack in the morning for a midday break. Actually take the break (in the sun). Slow down. Leave a notepad next to the bed to empty your thoughts and make room for sleep. Leave a prayer or gratitude for the day. While each thing you do might not feel that grand at first, you’ll be rewarded with feelings of stability, contentment, and ease the more often you do them, and that’s very worth your time.
Melinda is Co-Founder and Influencer of Marketing and Company Culture for Mana Artisan Botanics, as well as Co-Founder of Honaunau Farm Wellness Retreat. She is a lover of people and has a deep drive to synergize and bring out the highest potential in any person or creation. As a dedicated proponent of holistic wellness and human potential, she enjoys collaborating on endeavors that support personal health and empowerment. She is committed to enjoying the journey along the way.
Self-care means tending to what you need to be well and feel loved by yourself.
My self-care morning routine involves starting and ending the day well as much as possible, eating healthy, staying hydrated, having fun, and spending time with people I love. I stretch and exercise most mornings. I practice Taoist calisthenics (a combination of movements, stretches, and practices that enliven the body and get the energy moving), followed by some qigong and a very short grounding meditation to start the day. I love jumping on a rebounder anytime in the day or going for a walk outside when I need to move my body.
In the evening, I love to finish the day with a magnesium salt bath with essential oils, a water-path dissolving practice, and meditation. I have a light-hearted relationship with schedules, so part of my self-care is not to be hard on myself when I don’t get to all the self-care things I would love to do. To me, lowering stress in all its forms is the best self-care, so stressing about doing good things is quite counterproductive. 🙂
My biggest tip is not to stress about self-care, rather embrace it and enjoy it when you create the opportunity. My other tip is to look to nature and the elements as part of your self-care. When you feel the fires of stress and inflammation, look to the water for calm and cooling. When you feel you are spinning out of control, look to the earth for grounding. When you need to get reinspired or uplifted, look to breathe some fresh air or take a moment to feel the sun on your skin. Nature is a profound, readily available, free self-care ally we can all look to.
Sarah is the Production and Fulfillment Manager at Mana Artisan Botanics. She has a passion for sharing the benefits of healthy food and healthy living, which, in part, brought her to the Mana team. She is an inspired, uplifting person who brings her love and zest for life into her work.
Self-Care, to me, means putting the needs of yourself before the needs of others. Some people may think it sounds selfish, but you won’t be in a good position to help anyone else in need if you don’t take care of yourself first.
I wouldn’t say I have a routine (but Melinda’s sounds so nice I might need to research what she’s up to). I will say that I have learned a lot about my own health and wellness (especially mentally) over the past year. Saying “no” to social gatherings or events I used to feel obligated to attend has been great! It has become a more common practice because I can say no without having a guilty conscience. I also use the supreme hemp oil as part of my self-care, which keeps my anxiety in check.
If you’re putting your needs first, you’re doing it right. Not everything works for every person. I mean, some people RUN for FUN. Just do what feels good to you!
Jen is the Office Manager of Mana Artisan Botanics. At work, she enjoys bringing efficiency and organization to the team, helping things behind the scenes run smoothly and successfully. Having worked in both the spa and medical industries, it brings her so much joy to know she is part of a team with such a wonderful product and mission. Her favorite thing is hearing inspiring testimonials from customers and other women entrepreneurs!
One of my favorite phrases that I now live by is that you canʻt pour from an empty cup. It took a very long time for me to figure out that I wasnʻt any good to anyone else if I wasnʻt being good to myself. As an introvert, these rituals are absolutely essential!
Itʻs constantly evolving as I change and get older. Within the past year, Iʻve discovered that I love going to hot classes, which vary from vinyasa/HIIT fusion to barre to pilates. I try to go at least 2-3 times a week, and Iʻve found that it’s a delightful escape from all of the day-to-day stressors we all experience. When Iʻm on the mat, itʻs impossible for me to focus on anything else. Itʻs also important for me to indulge in my creature comforts as much as possible (coffee, book, binge-worthy show, dog playdates with friends, etc.). Also, because Iʻm incredibly fortunate to be living on the Big Island of Hawaii, I often find my escape in just sitting on the beach listening to the therapeutic sounds of the water.
Because weʻre all so individual, the act of recharging batteries looks different for everyone. It sounds so simplistic, but do whatever you need to show up for yourself so that youʻre able to show up equally for others!