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(The following is an excerpt from the article)
I would like to start off by raising my steaming mug of coffee to us, boss babes making it happen. Cheers to your faith, your drive, and your courage to go against the grain. Cheers to knowing that you are worthy of it all, including all the time you require for some serious self-care!
For the women who are in transition, working an unfulfilling job while building your passion projects, this article is for you. This is my plea for you to slow down, take note of how you are truly feeling, and fully commit to making any changes necessary to keep your health a priority, right now. We get busy. There are a million things to get us sidetracked from our self-care routines. Please don’t feel guilty about it, just allow this to be a gentle reminder that you deserve your best care.
Can I also just say that while “side hustle” makes for a trendy Instagram hashtag, and albeit, a catchy article title, let’s all decide to remove the word “hustle” from our vocabularies. We can toss that out the door, along with sleazy sales tactics and aggressive advertising. Oh, and the belief that working harder will solve all our problems.
That’s the old lingo, created by a widely male-dominated business industry. We have the option to try and “keep up” with the old standards – working 12-hour days, skipping vacations, and ignoring our ever-present need for sleep. Or we decide to make a change.
This is a new era. It’s our time to rise up as female entrepreneurs and change the dialogue. We get to make our own rules, right?
As I write this article, I am with you in feeling the ever-present struggle of the mind while in this transitional phase. There are days when my full-time work seems to drag on for eternity, as my heart longs to be working on a new video course I am creating. I find myself wishing there were more hours each day, so I could manage to get everything done, quickly and perfectly.
This is part of the reality we face, especially when trying to do it all. So before we dive into self-care, I first want to encourage you to stop trying to do it all. You don’t have time for all of it and what’s more, you cannot expect to do it perfectly, any of it.
Time to change our mindset
To be the successful, badass, full-time business owners that we call long to be, we must show up for our clients, audiences, and customers in our best way. Do you think we can show up as our best when we are racing against the clock of our self-imposed timelines? Can we be fully present in each task when we are feeling completely overwhelmed? No, we can’t.
I’ve been learning this the hard way. While I’ve been doing all the right marketing, growing at a quick and consistent pace, I have not been making the sales needed to support my business. Why? I lost my voice.
In trying to do it all and chase after all the things that I “should be doing,” as a business owner, I stopped showing up as authentically to my audience. My passion was lost in the daily “hustle” of trying to run a business on limited sleep and a malnourished body.
This “work harder” mentality is stopping, right now. Instead, let’s focus on how we can take care of ourselves in the best way possible. That way, when we show up for our business, even for limited chunks of time, we are doing powerful, ground-breaking work.
THIS is what it means to be a boss babe in 2019, to know that self-care is heartbeat of your business.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and strung out, I encourage you this week to re-evaluate everything you are trying to accomplish. Are you being too hard on yourself with the timelines you’ve created? Where can you cut back? What busy work are you doing that is not serving your business?
Remember, often, less is more. I encourage you to reduce your workload if you are feeling overwhelmed or ask for help!
Holistic Self-Care (summary)
When I teach holistic self-care, I break it down into three major categories: physical, mental, and emotional. Each one embodies many subcategories that are extremely important. For example, within our emotional self-care, we want to focus in on our relationships, our self-talk, and perhaps, our spiritual connection.
We cannot just focus on one of these categories, as something will always be lacking. We must approach self-care in a way that looks at all aspects of our human experience.
How do we do that:
The physical element is probably the easiest form of self-care to understand. To take care of the body physically, we should participate in exercise and fill our bodies with nourishing food.
As a small business owner, you probably already have a lot happening in the mental realm of self-care, but let’s do a double check anyways. When we are taking care of our minds, we allow ourselves to be in a constant state of learning, allowing curiosity to run and play. We are trying new things, reading books, listening to podcasts, and exploring how to master our crafts.
Wrapping it up with one of the most diverse categories, but one that can often be neglected when we become busy trying to build your passion project. This is where we focus in on how we are feeling. Happy? Excited? Overwhelmed? Additionally, getting in touch with your emotions might involve a spiritual or religious practice.
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I challenge you to really form the belief that your business can only do as well as you are doing personally. We cannot shuffle our needs to the side while we make way for our passions to flourish. They won’t. They’ll just continue to sit there, stuck.
When we can bring awareness to our self-care, we can show up as our best selves each day. This will open our world to new opportunities, simply from a shift in perspective. We are more open to receive when we are feeling rested and alive. Our creativity will begin to flow and everything will feel less and less like stressful work.
I haven’t got it right just yet, but I commit to checking in with my self-care daily. Will you join me in that pursuit?
Comment below: Where do you struggle to make time for self care?
Keep being the badass that you are!