Last year I wrote Work ,Life, Where is the balance?- Parts One and Two which looked at facts and figures surrounding small business owners and ways of redressing the balance between work and relaxation.
According to an article by Jack Torrance– Entrepreneurs work 63% longer than average workers, see realbusiness.co.uk/p/22838. He writes:
‘Nobody ever became an entrepreneur so they could avoid working hard. Running your own business stretches anybody’s work-life balance to the absolute limit.’
The Guardian says,
micro- business owners work an average of 52 hours a week – significantly more than the UK average of 37.
In the full article Work smarter not longer when you’re running your own business–https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jan/07/useful-time- saving -tips, Mark Williams outlines what he believes to be the unnecessary need to work so many hours, and how to rectify this.
Whilst Williams raises some valid points, I tend to agree with Torrance that the work-life balance is stretched to the limit if you are your only employee. In the early stages of your business, you may not be able to afford to hire anyone, so all the tasks are down to you.
So what is the answer? Well, if I had that I would be a millionaire. As I wrote last year we are mind, body and spirit. This will never change, but I guess we can. We still need to take breaks, to try to relax, to eat well, sleep well, and exercise. Yes, the usual suspects. it is not easy, but here are a few suggestions:
The National Trust website –http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gardens-and-parks, has information on green spaces throughout the UK to get you out and about, away from the workplace. Whether you run or walk, or even skip away from the workload into the fresh air, your body will thank you for it.
The National Trust also runs working holidays. Like volunteering (see, do-it.org.uk) doing things for others helps to maintain positive mental health.
If you are looking to get away for a longer period to de-clutter your mind and satisfy your spirit, try having a look for a retreat – http://www.retreats.org.uk/index.html.
Lastly, I found this http://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/londons-best-free-fitness-classes, on the internet, so you can check this out to see is these free exercise classes still exist.
As usual, I have to say that these are suggestions and I cannot vouch for all of the above, so do some research yourself.
Whatever you do, enjoy it!