I had pneumonia for weeks on end this past Summer!

It’s true what they say that it’s easy to take good health for granted until you don’t have it! It prompted me to share some of the thoughts that came up around being a solopreneur, and surviving times of sickness.

As solopreneurs, we have the unique experience of being responsible for most things in our business. When we are vibrant and healthy, it extends to all that we accomplish on a daily basis.

At the same time that I was struggling with the upper respiratory thing, the weather around the globe was acting angry with hurricanes forcing Southern residents to evacuate their homes.

I started paralleling “survival kits” in times of unforeseen hardship.

It’s easy to compile a running list when it comes to an emergency survival kit for your home; like extra water, candles, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, etc. But, rarely do we think of an entrepreneur preparedness plan.

solopreneur sickness survival secrets

I’d like to break it down into 3 parts:

  • The Foundation
  • The Future
  • In the Moment

Let’s dive in…

1. The Foundation

Every solid construction begins with a well-built foundation. A structure that can stand the test of time, pass stress-tests, and defy some turbulence, if needed. Our business foundation is no different.

To ensure that our business endures the rare times that we are outside of our “business as usual” model, it pays to have established excellent client relationships. If you’ve proven your worth throughout with things like delivering on tight timelines, providing outstanding service, previously offering several “wow” experiences, you are in a much better position for your client base to extend flexibility and accommodate, if the need arises.

2. The Future

When we are hit with something that we aren’t prepared for, it puts us in the mindset to never be caught in a similar situation again. Some things are just out of our control, other times we have the power to plan and be proactive.

When it comes to personal health

The popular proverb, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here. By now, we have all heard that 80% of our diseases are caused by stress. That is an alarming statistic. Conscious routines like 8-9 hours of sleep per night, leafy greens, meditation, gentle exercise, positive thinking, and the like are not just trends to scroll through. Taking regular action on a daily basis to be mindful and apply self-care can save loads of discomfort. Maintaining a strong immune system in the first place is the best place to start when it comes to striving to be your best, both at home and at work.

When it comes to business communication

Having an editorial calendar is extremely helpful for many reasons. For the purpose of this topic, imagine that you were proactive and had 1-month of blog posts written and social media posts scheduled! Do you know all the stress and pressure that would be alleviated when you are flat on your back during recuperation? Think about it.

3. In the Moment

If you’re blindsided and find yourself “down for the count,” then here is what I suggest:

Ask for help –

A common trait of solopreneurs is that we are stubborn! Asking for help is usually not something that we are accustomed to doing. Typically, it’s much easier and faster if we do it ourself. However, when you are physically unable, you really have to let down your ego and bend. Whether it’s asking your assistant (if you have one) to take the wheel, a friend to bring you some herbal cough syrup, or your partner to mow the lawn, any task that you can take off your plate is worth its weight in gold!

Don’t push too hard –

Again, when our business revolves around when and how we show up, it is all too common to push ourself past our limits. However, when it comes to the body’s health, it usually has its own plan. Pushing, in the instance of healing, is almost always counterintuitive. Stressing the body will only prolong the journey back to wellness. Accepting the facts, deeply resting, and trusting that all will be taken care of in the perfect manner will get you to the finish line all the quicker.

And there you have it! Secrets on how to survive getting sick as a solopreneur! I’d love to hear any tips that you’d like to share that would help keep our businesses healthy during the times when we may not be.

Until next time… breathe joy,
Integrative Business Advisor