How often do you get to the end of the day, collapse on the sofa and realise you haven’t done anything for yourself that day?
You’ve been busy organising your family, getting your kids to school, preparing meals and in between all of that running your business and walking the dog.
There are no spare minutes in the day for you to take any time for yourself. So as usual, you’ve slipped to the bottom of the priority list and another day has passed by.
I understand. I’ve been there myself, and it is an easy cycle to fall victim to. It is typical for so many people running their own business, add in raising a family and finding the time for proper self-care can be almost impossible.
But it is something you MUST do. Because if you don’t, this can not only impact your physical and mental health, but also the success and growth of your business. Self-care and mindset are as important, if not more important than the work that you are doing in your business.
Self-care and mindset go hand in hand because without making time for self-care in your life, your mindset will suffer. When this happens, it is easy to become mentally exhausted, leaving you feeling irritable, stressed, anxious, drained and negative. This can then have a knock-on effect on your sleep, eating habits and relationships.
Has that ever happened to you?
Feeling this way will undoubtedly result in you being less than productive and could even mean the quality of your work begins to slip. You may also start producing less favourable results for your clients, or your business. Everything feels tedious and you start getting overwhelmed.
In that moment of overwhelm, you believe that working through lunch, cancelling the coffee with your friend or skipping your gym session is the best option to help you ‘catch up’ with your ever-growing to-do list. But, is it?
When you are trapped in this exhausted state, feeling drained and anxious about how much you have to do, how productive are you REALLY being?
I found myself in this cycle quite recently. I love to exercise and have always made time to get to the gym and attend my favourite exercise classes. However, with so much to do in my business, family responsibilities and the summer holidays looming, I stopped going believing that the time was better spent working through my to-do list.
Of course, I was wrong. Very quickly, I found myself feeling exhausted. My mindset shifted, my clarity and practical decision-making skills diminished, and procrastination crept in. I wasn’t feeling myself, and I knew why – because I wasn’t taking the time to look after myself or my mindset.
I’ve now re-prioritised time for myself and began to feature this at the top of my list. I realised that the hour I spend at the gym is more than just about physical exercise. It is about the connection with other people, the time away from my business and family to focus my mind and my body on something else. As a result, my focus returned, the fog has lifted, and I am ten times more productive. I am better able to make use of the time I have to work on my business effectively by taking this time for myself.
What about you? Are you making time for some self-care? Some me-time?
If not, ask yourself honestly, how are you feeling?
It is easy to believe that you are doing the right thing by prioritising yourself last and giving your self-care time away to other people or other things.
But I want you to know that you deserve that one hour. You deserve it, your family deserves it, and your business deserves it. So start to think about how you can plan that into your day. It is essential to challenge yourself to make small changes, both mentally and physically and begin to practise self-care for both your body and your mind.
By first recognising the need for change and then bringing mindfulness and self-care practice into your business, you will not only be giving yourself the tools to flourish and be your best but as a result, will be giving your business it’s best opportunity to bloom with you are the helm feeling positive, focussed and ready.
If you’d like some more tips on prioritising your self-care, check out my blog on ‘ 8 Practical Steps to Self Care for Business Owners’ giving you easy, practical and realistic ways to help you re-prioritise your self-care.
If you would like support in exploring any areas of your business and its performance, as well as creating tailored strategies for improvement, please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07950 472236 to discuss services and packages to suit you.