12 Self-Care Tips I Wish I’d Known About Earlier

Caring about yourself is absolutely crucial if you want to upgrade your life.

Sinem Günel
Mind Cafe
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11 min readDec 20, 2019

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2019 was my first year of being a “full-time entrepreneur”, meaning that all I did was work on building my business.

I started several side projects and online businesses during my studies and managed to run my business whilst studying and doing a full-time internship. But suddenly being able to put all of my time into my own business was harder than I expected.

I really struggled to set the right priorities and goals, which led to a lot of frustration and tons of hours that I wasted during 2019. What I sincerely regret, though, is not wasting hours, but wasting my own potential.

I know that I could’ve done and accomplished so much more if I just took the time to focus on the right things. One of my biggest mistakes was that I didn’t take any time to care for myself for several months.

Even though I was not making any progress in business, I refused to take the time to listen to my inner-self and find out what my problem actually was.

Looking back, I should’ve invested weeks, if not months, into caring for myself instead of hustling without plans and goals. Yet I am incredibly happy that I managed to shift my mindset and started prioritizing self-care in the last quarter of the year.

The effects are tremendous. I am feeling much more joy and pleasure throughout my days. And of course, by being happier and more aligned, I also spread much more joy to all the people surrounding me.

After reflecting on my process and what I learned throughout my year, I’ve come up with 12 essential tips, I wish I applied much earlier.

1. If It Feels Wrong, Don’t Do It

This one is probably my most significant learning points of 2019. I did waaaay too many things just because I thought I needed to.

I am running my business together with my boyfriend, which is not the easiest thing to do at all. Just like everything else in life, it has advantages as well as disadvantages.

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Sinem Günel
Mind Cafe

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