CityGirl Guide: 5 Ways To Practice Self-Care For The Busy Career Woman & Entrepreneur
“People more than things have to be restored, renewed and revived” Audrey Hepburn
How do you take care of yourself as a busy career woman?
Many women I’ve spoken to lately tell me they don’t have time for themselves right now because they have other priorities.
What or who could be more of a priority in your life and career than You?
Many keep promising that once their business is fully running or their projects are completed or the money comes in, then they will have time to take care of NO.1, as though they are a separate entity from their business, career or health.
Truth is you don’t have a business life and a personal life , you really only have ONE life!
So many women seem to think that in taking care of themselves somehow they won’t be taking care of the other aspects or people in their life.
No wonder you then get sick, burn-out , or can’t find the man , money or clients you would love.
I know what it’s like , I used to be extremely bad at self-care.
I thought taking care of myself was something I could do during my half term holidays or on the weekends, yet every time the “holiday” came I still didn’t have the time to stop.
“Time, like money, is a priority not a resource ” A. Weiss, America’s Leading Consultant.
I was constantly burnt-out and often sick.
I used to equate busy-ness with success and failure with rest!
I was afraid of what might happen, if I were to sit still , disconnect and not have constant connections to others all day.
I was afraid of being alone and even worse I was shit scared of being a nobody.
Who would I be without my community, connections, status and brands?
Well, since I’ve arrived in Italy I have been spending lots of time alone, I’ve been a nobody and I’ve spent a year eating exquisite food and taking care of me.
It’s been wonderful , I’ve made time for self-care every single day in a variety of creative ways and this has enabled me to grow my business!
Yes, taking care of me, the CEO and head of my own life and career, is what has led to the biggest growth and opportunity in my business.
Can you believe that?
La Dolce Vita Is Good For Business!
I now make it a daily ritual to include some sort of self-care, celebration and pleasure instead of sacrificing , starving and rushing myself which was once my daily norm!
This simple example of doing something just for me and engaging in a pleasureful activity has already awakened new ideas for my business and career.
So stop now busy Ladies and consider what it’s really costing you not to engage in self-care and not to take a little time out and add some pleasure to your life and career every single day.
CityGirl Guide: 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care
1- Block out a certain period of time each day for you and commit to doing something pleasureful, creative (not career related) or fun.
2- Start your day without distractions. Aim to enjoy breakfast, coffee or your trip to work mindfully. How you start your day determines how it flows and if it flows well so do you.
3- Make you the priority, not what others expect of you. This means saying No regularly to anything or anyone that is going to get in the way of your self-care, if you don’t don your own oxygen mask first, you’ll never assist anyone else!
4– Challenge yourself to increasing distraction free time each day. Turn everything off and be with yourself for 5 mins a day, extend this by adding an extra 5 mins every three days, until you’re reaching 30-60 mins a day, you’ll see results in both your health and your wealth in no time as you clear the clutter of distractions from your day.
5.Invest in yourself. Drop all guilt and fears about buying for you first. If you invest in you you’re investing in your business, career , health and everyone around you. Consider what you need right now maybe it’s help with your diet, your business or your self-esteem , whatever it is commit to enriching you and watch your career, relationships and health grow.
What sort of routines do you have in place to support you as you grow in your career?
Recommended reading: Lessons Learnt From A Burn-Out Queen : A. Hepburn
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