Self-care is a daily practice. Not a random holiday
As an entrepreneur life can be chaotic at times and when you’re passionate about what you do it’s so easy to get carried away working for hours without stepping away from your laptop, especially if you have an online business.
If you work like this day after day and put yourself at the bottom of your to-do list your creativity, productivity, energy and wellbeing can decrease. Living this way can affect all areas of your life.
… If you don’t look after yourself how can you take care of others?
… How can you spend quality time with your family?
… How can you effectively serve your clients?
… How can you meaningfully grow your business?
One of the biggest myths about self-care is that it’s a holiday, a weekend getaway, a monthly remedial massage or a manicure. I enjoy these things too and they can be part of your self-care practice yet, there is so much more to consider.
What happens between the holidays, massages and manicures? Have you ever been on a holiday and had a fabulous time only to come back feeling stressed within the first 48 hours? You’re back at work doing it all again, pushing yourself and juggling your personal and business life. This continues at the same rate as before until you book your next holiday.
This isn’t self-care.
From my experience, self-care is a daily practice and it’s something I work on every day. I’ll be honest with you, some days are easier than others. It’s a practice to incorporate into your day rather than something you fit in when it’s not busy or when you feel like doing it.
Self-care is a daily practice and it’s essential. I believe it encompasses your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It’s exercise, nutrition, the way you think, the way you talk to yourself, the way you look after yourself, how you show up, and your level of awareness, mindfulness, responsibility and accountability. Self-care is about taking care of your whole being.
Self-care supports you in:
- Being at your best
- Better managing stress levels
- Nurturing your relationships
- Being more effective in building and growing your business
- Navigating your daily life
Take time each day to honour yourself because you are the most important person in your life.
Debra Shepherd is a Business Mentor, Lifestyle Strategist, Educator and Podcaster in Sydney. Here to help you create more ease, joy and meaning in your life and business. Learn more about Debra here.