The biggest thing standing in the way of Busy Women creating a successful Self Care routine is focusing on just one piece. I hear “I know about Self Care. I work out and eat right.” The problem is that’s only one small piece of the puzzle. It’s really about taking care of all of you: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I was a Beachbody coach for several years and I would constantly see my clients lose weight then gain it back again. Like a yo-yo, their weight was up and down, up and down. Where was the disconnect? They only focused on one piece of the puzzle. They were working out and eating right but the rest of their Self Care was a hot mess.
Think of yourself as a vessel. Things either give you energy, take away energy or do a bit of both. Self Care means doing things that are going to give you energy either immediately like a nice massage or in the future like exercise. Exercise takes energy to do it but the health benefits will give you energy later.
Implementing a Self Care routine can be A LOT to handle all at once and we often give up because the big picture is so overwhelming. We cannot implement everything immediately. In order to be successful in creating a sustainable habit we need to take it one step at a time.
Here are a few tips that can help:
1) Start Small. Don’t go from 0 minutes of Self Care to 2 Hours. Start small like 15 minutes a day and increase it over time.
2) Find What Works Best For You. Don’t just do things because it works for your sister, your mom, or your best friend. Find what fills you up and go with that.
3) Kick The Guilt. Switch your “I feel guilty for taking time for myself” mentality to ” By making time for myself I have more to give to those around me”
4) Listen to Your Body. Some days this might mean you have energy to spare and can go, go, go. Other days this might mean your body needs some rest and you need to slow down.
4) Consistency Is KEY! This needs to be a daily practice. If you are only doing it sporadically then it’s impossible to form a habit and stick with it.
Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you don’t first take care of you, you can’t take care of anyone else. Lack of Self Care can lead to stress, burn out, overwhelm, and even health problems. This can not only effect your life but your business as well.
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