Recently, I shared my self-care strategies for introverts on this blog, and so it’s only fair that I do the same for the extroverts among us. So here goes – my tips on self-care for extroverts.
As business owners, extroverted women bring a unique energy and charm. They thrive on social interactions, networking events, and team collaborations, as explained further here. However, the same qualities that drive their success can also lead to burnout if not balanced with adequate self-care.
Self-care for extroverts: 5 strategies
In this blog, I outline the essential self-care strategies tailored to extrovert women in business, empowering them to maintain their strengths and excel in their professional journeys. Of course, you don’t have to follow all of them – the most important thing is to identify the strategies that are the best fit for you.
1) “Me Time”
Extroverts often draw energy from social interactions, but it’s crucial to find a healthy balance between people-focused activities and finding time to recharge your batteries on an individual level . A great tip then, is to plan specific periods for “me time” into your day. This could be as simple as enjoying a quiet cup of tea, reading a book, or going for a walk. These moments should be prioritised as highly as you would any other business task.
2) Create Boundaries
Being highly sociable can sometimes blur the lines between work and personal life. Think about all those people you know through business who become personal friends on Facebook – that basically opens the door to being contacted at any time, day or night!. A key strategy then, when it comes to self-care for extrovert entrepreneurs, is to establish clear boundaries. Set specific working hours and stick to them. When the workday ends, disconnect from business-related tasks (and people!) and focus on your personal life. By doing so, you’ll find yourself recharged. You can also find some great advice on setting better boundaries here.
3) Energise through networking
Networking is an extrovert’s playground, but it can also be overwhelming, despite the fact that extroverts love social interaction. Opt then, for quality over quantity. Choose events that align with your goals and values rather than trying to be everywhere, making sure that you connect with like-minded individuals. After each event, take time to reflect on your interactions, and focus on the relationships that hold potential for mutual growth.
4) Mind and body
Self-care is about more than just physical well-being. Extrovert or introvert, we need to engage in activities that cater to your emotional, mental, and physical health. Regular exercise not only boosts endorphins but also provides a structured outlet for your energy. Engage in hobbies that make you happy and bring you joy. Remember, by looking after ourselves, we are also empowering ourselves to look after our businesses more effectively.
5) Reflect and plan
it might seem strange for me to suggest something for self-care for extroverts that is actually outside of their comfort zone, but this fifth tip is an important one. Take time to reflect, plan and set goals. This doesn’t always come naturally to extroverts, as they tend to thrive on activity – getting out there and getting things done. But trust me when I say that taking time to assess your progress and align your actions with your long-term goals is essential. By doing so, we are able to harness our strengths, set a direction and make progress.
Self-care for extroverts is not just a luxury, just as it’s not for any woman in business. It’s an essential took in the development of both your business, and of you as an individual. It’s a necessity. By taking the time to figure out the best self-care routine for yourself, you automatically equip yourself to be the best version of yourself that you can be. And remember – every business needs a strong owner if it is to survive – and thrive!