Thursday, July 8, 2010
I'm multi-tasking today...working on my summer school curriculum, listening to other teachers talk about self-care and mental health days (which lead to substitute plans). Self care is so incredibly important, especilly if you work in the community, have multiple jobs and an entrepreneur!
Don't sacrifice your body in the name of work. Listen to your body when it tells you it's tired, it's worn out, it's not happy. Getting a cold, breaking out and generally feeling tired, are some of the signs. I was a yes woman for many years. Saying yes because I believed in the cause, cared for the person, and because of my compassion for others. I finally got to the point where I could no longer take my body for granted. I had goals that needed to be accomplished, I needed time for myself, and I couldn't do that by just serving others.
Here is my list of things to do to create that time for yourself. Always remember that self growth is apart of any entrepreneurs activities.
1. Learn to say NO. I know it's a scary word for some of us, but learning how to say no and not feel guilty is a skill that took me awhile to learn. But once I did, it made me feel less stressed and overwhelmed with things I volunteered myself for. Now I limit my yes' to things that make me money and/or things directly related to my business.
2. Manage your time wisely. I can't speak enough on this. Making a schedule sticking to it, but being flexible is important. Find some way that works for you to make this happen. Ask others how they do it!
3. Do something that makes you happy/feel good daily. Whether it's painting your nails, watching your favorite show, or taking a long bath/nap. Work it into your daily schedule. When you complete big projects, give yourself a big reward!
4. Exercise! Nothing can de-stress you and give you a rush of endorphins than exercise. Even if it's a quick walk, a couple downward dogs, or jumping rope for 60 seconds. It's all good to get the blood going and to bring some oxegen to your brain. It's even a sceintific fact that regular exercise makes you smarter!
5. Think happy thoughts. I know this may sound easy, but monitor your self talk. What do you find yourself saying to yourself? Make sure what you say to yourself motivates and inspires you. If you find yourself doubting yourself, switch it up! I always think of the book The Little Engine that Could, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Or even better, I know I can! Love yourself it makes it easier to deal with what comes your way.
Thank you for reading!f If you have any topics you'd like me to discuss, please email me!
Till next week, laugh, even if for no reason at all!
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Posted by Helene Ehrlich at 10:16 AM