We don’t need high-priced, luxe products to take care of our well-being. But there are a few reminders that I’ve had to give myself this week on the business of self care.
As the work comes in and production ramps up, I must admit that I let a few things drop off the radar. Most notably taking care of myself.
As women — we instinctively take it all on. Our homes, our children, our partners and our careers. Women business owners also carry that extra weight. We take on all that plus every aspect of our business. From admin right up to top-level strategies and decision-making.
As per usual, we take it all on, refuse to ask for help and drop the ball on ourselves.
Here’s my confession: A few days last week, I had crackers with a spoonful of peanut butter for dinner. My fridge was completely empty with the exception of a half full bottle of wine and baking soda.
“If the business is doing great, but we feel lousy, disorganized, tired and malnourished, then quess what? The business is not doing great.”
“But the business is doing great,” I thought to myself starring at the empty shelves.
But I believe that is the wrong approach to take. If the business is doing great, but we feel lousy, disorganized, tired and malnourished, then quess what? The business is not doing great.
I had to go back to my mind set when I first started and even back to my mind set of when I was working for someone else at another company.
I had to think about that work life integration, self care, routines and getting back to my systems and processes for working productively.
With working from a home office especially, it’s so easy to get into a slump of not getting dressed, regularly working overtime hours, grazing through unhealthy meals, missing workouts and skipping regular grooming and maintenance.
I’m not going to pretend that we all need high-priced, luxe products for our self care needs. But there are few reminders that I’ve had to give myself this week on the business of self care.
1. Sleep in Your Bed.
When you sleep on your couch, you’re more likely to not shower at night or get dressed in the morning. You just roll from couch to work and you skip your regular grooming and eating routines. Also sleeping on the couch, can throw off your schedule. When I make the mistake of sleeping on the couch, I wake up later and I go to sleep later too, which only leaves me feeling sluggish during the day. Plus sleeping on the couch is not good for your back and posture.
2. Meal Prep.
You don’t have to be dieting or looking to lose weight to reap the benefits of prepping your meals in advance. I’ve started meal prepping again and it’s saved me from nibbling on unhealthy snacks throughout the day while I’m working. When you meal prep, you don’t have to put pressure on yourself to finish up that proposal in order to start dinner. And you won’t risk burning the meal when you forget about it in the oven while continuing to work on that proposal. Meal prepping also ensures that you are eating healthy meals and you’ll be more likely to get your groceries done on time when you have a meal prep day coming up.
3. Workout Early.
Heading to the gym first thing in the morning helps get it done and helps to ensure that you’re fully focused for the rest of the day. For a couple of weeks during the month of July, I stopped going to the gym. I just got so slammed with work. What helped me get back into my rhythm was starting my days earlier. Now I try to be at the gym before 9AM. Getting it done first thing in the morning gives me the energy and stamina I need to plow through the rest of the day.
4. Outsource Extra Help.
If you try to do it all yourself, you might not be able to produce the same quality of work. This is a big one for me. I’m learning to delegate more — especially with projects that require a huge volume of work in a short period of time. I can’t pump out 10 blog posts per week anymore and continue to grow the business, so we’ve had to bring on a couple more writers. This should be a good thing. It means the business is growing. When you try to do everything yourself, not only do you risk failing the business and your clients, but you will inevitably fail yourself and your own self care.
I know we’ve shared stories in the past about self care, organization and work life balance, but we’re only human. We fall off sometimes. It’s good to remind ourselves and each other whenever it’s time to get back on track — in business and in life.