That Start-Up Life: Self Care Guide
Crowdfunding can be daunting, exhilarating and nerve wracking all balled up into one heaping pot of emotion ready to boil over. From being ignited by passion, to clicking that button to submit your project, to frantically watching every dollar donated, to wondering if and how you’re going to reach your goal- crowdfunding can be exhausting rollercoaster ride - mentally and physically.
However, at Be Change, we co-created this platform with youth who had experience with crowdfunding and we heard how important it was to design a platform that makes wellness a priority! That’s why at Be Change, we are not only creating a platform for youth to create change in their communities, but also only accepting projects that are wellness based.
So, in light of that, we’ve created a list of ways to self-care during that infamous stage of “Start-Up Grind”.
1. Eat healthy meals
You have to be on top of your game when crowdfunding. You’re not only the leader of your project, but also you’re the marketer, the accountant, etc. Your campaign can be a full-time job and you’ve gotta be on top of your game! Eating a well balanced diet will give your body all the nutrients that it needs to function at it’s best, both physically and mentally.
2. Put the device away. You need sleep!
During a crowdfunding campaign, it’s hard not to want to check your progress inching closer to your goal and be on social media 24/7, but screen time wrecks havoc on our sleeping patterns and sleep is supercritical in the process of “start-up grinding” - so, as much as you want to keep clicking refresh on your Be Change campaign page all night long, we promise it’ll still be there in the morning!
3. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix
I mean, aside from being a great de-stresser, you can learn a lot about love, life, relationships and business just from watching ‘The Office’. Enough said.
4. Make a chill playlist on Soundcloud, Spotify, Youtube… or whatever
When you’re feeling your most stressed, music can be therapy for the soul. Find some of your favourite chill music that will help trigger your brain to relax. Try this ambient playlist from YouTube, of this Deep House Relax one from Spotify, or this one random one from SoundCloud.
5. Building things can feel like accomplishing things
Go to the Dollar Store and find some cheap supplies for crafting. Getting busy with your hands and building stuff can be extremely cathartic and soothing- it can make you feel like you are accomplishing concrete tasks when that campaign seems endless. Take a look at this list of projects to destress.
6. Go out, get some fresh air and take a break from your desk for a while.
I don’t know about you, but being outside is my favourite place to be. Fresh air = restorative.
Being outside can have a pretty powerful impact on your mood. Go for a hike, or grab your favourite book and blanket and lounge outside for a few hours.
Check out some tips on self care throughout the seasons here.
7. Cut down on the caffeine, working longer doesn’t mean working better
Easier said than done, I know. This can be so hard to do, but cutting down the amount of caffeine can greatly help to reduce anxiety and stress. Caffeine does a whole heap of things to your body and can trigger stress. Try drinking black or green tea instead, they have lower levels of caffeine, but can still give you a little boost. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t drink caffeine, just pay attention to how it affects your body and mind and drink accordingly! Check out this mindyourmind (our parent organization) blog about caffeine and anxiety.
8. Borrow a dog. Babysit a cat. Watch funny animal videos on Youtube. Animals are scientifically proven reduce stress.
Hanging out with animals is shown to lower your blood pressure and pulse which can become elevated when you’re stressed. And, if you’re allergic, studies have also shown that even just looking at an animal has stress-relieving powers. Here are some amazing animal videos on YouTube to get you started.
9. Brush your teeth and make your bed
No joke. It’s so easy to forget to do the small everyday tasks when stressed. When you’re just a few days away from your campaign ending and you haven’t reached your goal yet, remember how important routine is to performing your best. Try to establish a schedule during your campaign that is fairly consistent with the one you maintain throughout the rest of the year.
10. Two words - adult colouring
Celebrate your inner-kid. There’s something about getting colours onto a page that is extremely rewarding. Buy one at the Dollar Store or print a few and grab some pencil-crayons and give it a whirl. Colouring helps you exercise your creative part of your brain and allows you to think more openly.
11. Go to the movies with your friends, or by yourself
Luckily, most cities have cheap Tuesdays at the movies, so treat yourself to a fun night out with your friends or by yourself. I recently gathered the courage to venture to the movies solo and it was surprisingly awesome! All the popcorn and candy to yourself! Woot.
12. Always remember, your future is BRIGHT!
Take it from Dwight!
This was an adaptation of a blog I wrote for mindyourmind about de-stressing and self care during exam season. Check it out here.