One of the main ways I treat myself is by spending time alone. I’m a business owner working on a very hard problem. I’m married and we have a baby girl, so every minute of my day is accounted for. Spending 20 minutes alone in silence reflecting is a real treat, and I try to do it often.
—Jimi Smoot, founder and managing partner of Octavius Labs LLC
I treat myself by relaxing with family and friends on weekends or exploring an exotic destination. My perfect weekend day would start with exercising, ideally outdoors, with my husband or a friend, followed by coffee and breakfast. Then I would spend the rest of the day with my kids, either on a bike ride or at a nearby park. I love to travel, so a once-a-year type of treat is going to visit a new destination with my husband or a friend.
—Lynn Perkins, CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter
Running a relatively early-stage startup, it’s often hard to make time for yourself on top of the long hours. You certainly have a lot less time to go out and see your friends, but you always need time to treat yourself or else you really run the risk of burnout. I try to eat well and find time to relax.
—Angela McCrory, co-founder of Rukkus
I treat myself to self-care by being artistic and creative, it energizes me. Whether it’s painting something for my own living space or helping someone else with a creative passion of theirs, I love tapping into my inner 12-year-old who loved arts and crafts. I also love to play basketball, as it’s my go-to fun workout that keeps me physically and emotionally balanced. I treat my moral compass by having a daily routine that I enjoy.
—Rupa Mehta, founder of NaliniKIDS
It can be difficult to find time to do things for myself. Most of my focus is on the business, caring for my husband and my daughters, not on myself. I have to balance school activities and soccer practice with conference calls with advisors and business partners, fulfill customer orders and every other detail that goes into running a company. I’m mom, caregiver, CEO, secretary, shipping and fulfillment, business development. It’s a lot to juggle at once. Luckily I have always been able to wake up early so when I have time I treat myself with a good long run, quality chocolate and extra time with my girls.
—Maura Horton, CEO of MagnaReady
It’s important for me to feel that I’m constantly learning. This may sound counter-intuitive, but the more I learn, the less knowledgeable I feel. A little bit of knowledge is truly a dangerous thing because it drives a hunger for more. My curiosity grows day by day. I reward myself by indulging in my wide-ranging curiosities—whether it’s gardening, cooking or pop psychology. I love to read, and setting aside large chunks of guilt-free time to read novels is one of the most rewarding gifts I can give to myself. I relish the opportunity to lose myself in stories, to immerse myself in fictional characters that teach me about humanity.
—Danielle Chang, founder of LuckyRice
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.