The Importance of Self Care

If you’ve ever felt the burn out of running your own business, you’ll love today’s post where I share my favourite tips to take care of yourself, when it matters the most.

January is my least favourite month, there I said it. Yes, it’s cold and dark but what bothers me the most, is the amount of pressure I put on myself to start the year off with a bang. I felt a similar burn out towards the end of the year and spent a whole week in December, with no voice. With that in mind, I realise it was time to concentrate on taking care of myself. Here are my favourite self-care ideas for 2019.

GET REGULAR, MORE CONSISTENT SLEEP AROUND THE SAME TIME 

I am a natural night owl but having a demanding full-time job means that I have to be switched on at all times. Despite this, I often found myself working until the point of exhaustion and heading to bed late. It took me some time to adjust but I decided to stop working at 9 pm so I could give myself enough time to get ready for bed. Before I did this, I could easily stay up until midnight and then spend another 30 minutes planning the night day in bed. If you’ve been struggling to get to sleep, I can’t recommend keeping a realistic to-do list and leaving your phone in another room while you sleep.

EAT A WIDER RANGE OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES TO AVOID RELYING ON JUNK / CONVENIENT FOOD

I absolutely love cooking but meal prep goes out of the window when I have a lot going on. In fact, it’s the first thing that I stop doing when I have a deadline and I either order a takeaway or shove something in the oven. Unfortunately (or fortunately in my case), I found out I have a gluten intolerance last year which means that my weekly takeaways and junk food have had to be scrapped. At the end of last November, I started meal planning again and spending a few hours on Sunday cooking which really helped me relax. I also decided to reactivate my Hello Fresh delivery subscription so once a month, the pressure of food prepping would be taken off me and my husband could easily cook our dinners without asking me tons of questions. While Hello Fresh isn’t the cheapest option around, it does give me some piece of mind and more time to focus on client work and growing Brilliantly Visible. If you want to go it a go, you can get 20% off your first order by clicking on this referral link.

STOP ANSWERING EMAILS AT ALL HOURS 

This might seem a bit controversial but I decided to remove my email app from my mobile as it distracted me so much and I ended up wasting so much time while I was out and about. I had originally decided to use my daily commute to work and back as a great way of keeping up to date with client emails but I ended up in a vicious cycle where I was checking it all the time. I would be out for dinner and would stop halfway through a meal so I could ‘quickly email a client back’ or I would wake up in the middle of the night to see if any of my US-based clients had responded to my follow up email. I wanted a work-life balance and this meant that I needed to take an email off my mobile so I could be present in the moment. While I appreciate this may not work for everyone (especially those who are expected to be on call for their services), it has allowed me to stay true to my business hours rather than responding at midnight because a client wants to know why their rankings haven’t improved after 3 days.

ENJOY DIFFERENCE EXERCISES THAT CHALLENGE THE BODY

I always laughed whenever I read that Jennifer Aniston’s lean, toned body was due to her love of yoga but since I started it myself, I can understand where she’s coming from. My exercise style has always been hard and aggressive whenever I’ve decided to go to the gym. I could often be found on the treadmill or hitting the weights but last summer, I decided to give Yin Yoga a try and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Unlike the typical yoga we hear about, Yin is slower paced and mat based. You hold stretches for 3-5 minutes (depending on the instructor) and classes can last between 60 – 75 minutes. The majority of classes are focused on the hips, lower back, and legs which are great for business owners who spend a lot of time at their desks. Sitting at your desk all day can cause tension in the ligaments and tendons in your hip area that affect your posture. My preference is to do it in a class as the music and the instructor’s voice really help me relax and be mindful in the moment. If you are unable to find a class near you or you are on a budget, there are some great videos on YouTube where you can practice at home.

PLAN TIME TO RELAX YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL

Self-care can take form in so many different ways and one of my favourite is treating myself to a massage. I was introduced to Urban Massage by a friend of mine as it is really convenient and takes the hassle away from finding the right masseur for you. If you haven’t heard of Urban Massage, it is a mobile massage company that comes to you with all the props for a relaxing massage in the comfort of your home. I’ve been using them since March last year and had continuous massages from 2 different therapists. The customer service team is really friendly and can help you find the right therapist for you and answer any questions you have. Prices start from £49 for 1 hour and while it’s not the cheapest around, it is worth a treat every now and then. If you fancy trialing them out, you can use my referral code to get 20% off your first massage.

I’d love to know what your favourite self-care tips are and if any of mine have inspired you to make a change in your business.

*** This post contains referral links which means that I receive some form of a discount on their services for referring new customers. I actively use all of these services and have not been paid to promote these on my website.***

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