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Many women business owners dream of living ‘the high life’, when, in reality, they’re super busy, overworked and sometimes forget how important self care is.
I’m often asked the question, “if you love what you do, is work/life balance necessary?”
The answer is yes, self-care is not only necessary, it’s mandatory and not at all selfish.
I know all too well, the tendency of entrepreneurs, and particularly women, to take care of themselves last.
What is self-care?
People often associate self-care with grandiose retreats.
While these are definitely on everyone’s wish list and a great way to recharge your batteries, there are smaller scale daily or weekly self-care measures that you can implement to help you get through.
Why is this crucially important on so many levels? Here are some reasons:
One of the most obvious reasons as to why we should take the time out for ourselves especially on a Sunday is to avoid burn out.
After all, we are human and we need time to re-fill our tank.
Being in business, we want to serve our clients to the best of our ability. How can we expect to give the best of ourselves to others when we are running on empty?
Less the stress
Spending time doing the things you love not only makes you happy but you will feel so much better on and physical, mental and emotional level.
Taking a self-care day on a Sunday reduces the negative effects stress can have on the body.
It keeps you healthier, burns off energy and reduces cortisol levels.
Going to your favourite beach, spending time with loved ones or treating yourself to a nice meal can make the world of difference.
Eye on the prize
Taking some time out to relax not only makes you feel better but will help you and your business in the long run.
Giving your mind and body a break helps you refocus and will help you to maintain better productivity once you return back to your work.
Giving yourself a break is not the reward, it’s part of the process of being a good entrepreneur and having a steady balance.
When you give your mind, body and spirit the best chance to flourish, you in turn help your business to flourish. It’s a win-win situation.