Lets talk self care. Taking intentional actions to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. What the heck does that have to do with business? I'll tell you.
How amazing do you feel after vacation? Energized, refreshed, like you can do anything? What about after you sat and drank coffee (while it's still hot!) at your favorite coffee shop? Or after you get a pedicure, finish a new book, practice yoga? Chances are, you rarely finish these things without a smile on your face. And you know what? You've helped your physical, mental, or emotional health doing these things. Self care!
When we take time to take care of ourselves, we are better at everything else in our life. Better mothers or fathers, spouses, entrepreneurs. When we practice self care, we can clear our mind from the, pardon me, bullshit of daily life, and can really focus on what we are doing.
Too often we, typically this goes mostly for women but men can feel it too, feel guilty for doing anything for ourselves. We feel guilty going out and getting that coffee, pedicure, cocktail with a friend. We feel guilty sitting in our favorite chair to read the latest book from our favorite author. Why? Because there is laundry, kids to play with, work to do, emails to respond to, edits to make, marketing plans, yada, yada, yada. And that list is SOOOO long, we can't possible take 30 minutes a day for ourselves.
Taking that time, 15, 20, 30 minutes a day to do something JUST FOR YOU is absolutely necessary. When you start respecting yourself enough to take care of yourself, others begin to respect you more. Your clients respect you more because your tone can change. It will start to have confidence because you're not focused on all the other things you feel you have to get done, you'll actually have a clear mind to focus on THEM. To listen and connect to them. And making a client feel heard and appreciated will always lead to better, bigger business. You'll be able to focus better on getting through your inbox because you've made your head a little less cloudy. And if you're anything like me, that is a major breakthrough!
That laundry will always be there. The carpet will always need vacuuming. There may always be a few dishes in the sink or chores to do around the house. There may always be emails and edits to get to. You are WORTH taking time for yourself.
Don't believe me? Try it out.
Here's a challenge for you. Do this for 1 week. Determine the amount of time you're going to take for yourself each day. 15 minutes, 30 minutes? Think of a few things you can do that make you happy, and remember they are things JUST FOR YOU. That's not playing with your kids or taking photos for a client even if that's something you love to do. Practice self care every day for a week. And then come back and tell me how you feel.
Now go. You deserve it.