The best thing about being an entrepreneur is that it's not a 9 to 5 job…it's also the worst thing. With NO set hours, it's easy to work 12-16 hour days (including weekends). When you work from home, you can never clock out. Time for yourself?? Remind me what that is again. Well, it turns out, taking time for yourself (aka self-care) is ESSENTIAL to a successful business, a healthy body, and a kick-ass life.
Lately, I've been slacking in the self-care department and burning the candle at both ends, constantly adding more and more STUFF to my life. I'm coaching clients, networking like crazy to build my business, prepping for a competition in May (which I'm learning a dance routine for), attending a 6-week Intro to Culinary Arts class, and doing Bikram yoga twice a week…all of this on top of my responsibilities at home.
Even though I preach "take care of yourself' to my friends, family, and clients, I have not been doing a good job of it myself.
Like most women, I feel like I can take on anything I'm asked to do. I just kept filling up my schedule without taking time for self-care, and now I'm paying the price. Yesterday, I didn't feel like doing anything…my work and my workout suffered. I felt terrible and I wanted to scratch everyone's eyes out. Not to mention, I wanted to jump head-first into a bag of chocolate chip cookies.
Self-care is NOT a luxury..it is a NECESSITY. Everything and everyone around you suffers when you try to do it all without taking break for yourself.
You don't need to schedule a weekly 2-hour hot stone massage on the beach (unless you're a baller)…just 30 to 60 minutes once a week to do anything that recharges and reinvigorates you is all you need. You can make time for that, right???
Oh, the other thing is that I have an amazing accountability partner, Kirstin, who reminded me that I needed to do this for myself and I committed to letting her know what I planned to do for my self-care this week. Also, my coach, Karen, is always telling me to put time on my calendar for myself and I need to start listening. I'm feeling much better today and the cookie crisis was averted.
We think we can do it alone, but it turns out that we can't.
If you need a reminder or feel like someone has to give you permission to take time out for you, then here it is. Do it…TODAY!
Ok, back to relaxing!