Self care and me time are simply not indispensable. In fact, making time for yourself is actually an essential ingredient if you want to thrive in your life and your business.
Here are four steps to creating time for yourself and the benefits they can lead to in your business and your life:
1.Examine your mindset about me time.
Are you still struggling with an inner critic who tells you that self care is a pie-in-the-sky luxury? If you want to truly make time for yourself, it’s essential to stop thinking of (and treating) me time as something that’s nice if you can get to it and start approaching it as a necessity and a priority. Remember, the time you invest in yourself is time invested in leading your life (and your business) instead of chasing along behind it.
2.Identify what you need.
What do you need to be you at your best? In my Emotional Eating Toolbox™ program, I call these non-negotiable. Many women who have let self care drop off their radar haven’t thought about this in a very long time. Make a list and include everything you can think of, from vitamins to physical activity, to sex and laughter, reading and consistent time off (just to give you a few ideas). Give yourself enough time to be creative and expansive here. Now examine your list. Where are you consistently feeding your spirit and where do you need to invest more time and energy? When you are well-fueled and at your best you bring more energy, zest, and purpose to the work that you do. You will be less tempted by unhealthy substitutes like stress eating or mindless time wasting that just leave you feeling more behind. Many women find that simply having clarity about what they need and where they want to spend their energy leads to better stress management more effective action in business and in life.
3. Find your energy leaks and fix them.
If you are short on me-time than you are probably also spending your time and energy spinning your wheels because you are not well fueled. When we’re tired, stressed, or overworked, we don’t tend to be very productive. However, busy business owners often keep forging ahead (because there is so much to do!).