Self-Care 101

Self-Care 101 for Startup Founders

Written By Sarah Hodges

Self-care is a necessity in the midst of running a business, and startup founders need to understand this more than anyone…

Whether you’re a founder or wish to be one, check out Part One of our three-part webinar series, “Self-Care 101 For Startup Founders” hosted by Jumpstart Foundry and Hodges Coaching.

At Jumpstart, they don’t just write checks—they’re strategic partners invested in working together long-term to help innovative healthcare companies be successful. Do you want early-stage funding? Apply here!

We were delighted to partner with Jumpstart for a webinar series focused on ways that startup founders can practice meaningful self-care in the workplace and at home.

In Part One, we broke down:

1) The reasons why caring for yourself is so important

2) How it makes you a better and more effective leader

3) How it can affect your fundraising goals to help you make more money

During the webinar, we addressed the ‘bullshit’ notion that “if I overwork myself now, it will pay off in the end.” We called it the ‘Heaven’s Reward Fallacy,’ and explained how, as a founder, stretching yourself so thin can take a massive toll on your efficiency, productivity, and ability to lead a company. 

Then we dove into the neurophysiological ways of how stress affects the body and the mind. Chronic stress basically ‘hijacks’ your prefrontal cortex, making recovery (aka self-care) absolutely essential for brain clarity and efficiency. But, how can you accomplish this when you barely even have time to prepare food for yourself or do your laundry at night?

Start by changing your inner-monologue! Get to know your ‘inner a-hole,’ or the voice in your head that tries to put you down or hold you back, and start replacing it with your ‘inner cheerleader.’ Sarah describes different methods that you can use to do this and practice self-compassion in order to neutralize your response to high-stress situations and get your brain back.

Check out the full webinar video below to learn about all the ways to practice self-care as a founder! Then check out Part 2How Self-Care Makes You a Better Leader

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