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The Importance of Self Care

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So let’s be completely honest here, running your own business is extremely tough and for some strange reason, we tend to sometimes put ourselves last. I should know. When I originally wrote this blog post in 2019, I had no idea what the rest of the year would bring.

If you are new to me and my business, you may not know but I had been battling with Lyme Disease for 18-months without realising. Looking back, I knew there was something wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it and it started to impact my daily activities.

I was getting my words confused and would mix words together for no reason. I couldn’t sleep for longer than 3-hours at a time and when I did my sleep quality was really low. Then came the anxiety and emotional rollercoaster that had me in tears every day.

In the end, I had to take 7-weeks off and I’m extremely lucky to have bounced back so quickly. But it’s a life lesson that has forced me to change the way I work.

If you’ve been pushing your limits to get ahead of your competitors, then this blog post may gives you some tips on how to take care of yourself when it really matters the most.

How to take better care of yourself when running your own business

  • Create a morning and evening ritual you love

Trying to juggle a full-time job as an SEO and managing my own side-hustle meant that I was constantly working and always switched on. It was exhausting. I’d often lie in bed at night wondering how much I could cramp into my morning commute so I could save some time in the evening for me.

Now I have a separate work phone that is only connected between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. This is when I go on social media to connect with my audience, respond to client emails and market my business.

I still work after 4 pm on client work and marketing my business but everything is scheduled to go out for the next day.

This has allowed me to create a morning and evening ritual I love and look forward to.

In the mornings, I start with this meditation before I’ll get out of bed. Try it for a week and I promise, it will change the way you start your mornings.

I also no longer listen to business podcasts on my commute as it was adding to my anxiety. While listening to them gave me tons of great ideas, it also made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough in my life.

In the evenings, I stop working at 8 pm to start winding down and preparing for bed. I love having a long bath and then either reading a book in bed or listening to one of the sleep stories on Calm.

Recommendation tools:

Coschedule for social media and blog post planning, scheduling and automation.

Crystabelles Candles to set your mood and intention for the day (thanks to my Secret Santa for introducing me to this brand!)

Streak for Gmail for scheduling your emails and creating templates that you can use again.

Calm to help you meditate and get to sleep easier.

  • Make meal prep easy

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 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 had to be scrapped.

I decided to reactivate my Hello Fresh delivery subscription so now the pressure of food prepping is no longer looming over my head 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 peace 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 my referral link below.

Recommended tools:

Hello Fresh for those weeks where you need some headspace without worrying about food prep

  • Stop answering emails at all hours and going on social media

I no longer have my email app on my mobile phone. There, I said it. I don’t know why or how but we’ve managed to get ourselves into a position where we need to be connected 24/7 and if you don’t respond to someone on the same day, it’s bad business etiquette.

We all went into business wanting a better work-life balance but somehow ended up with the complete opposite.

I think one of the biggest issues is small business owners who feel they need to be continuously available to the audience and clients to make the sale.

I’ve found that just isn’t the case – being alert and providing excellent customer service during your scheduled working hours is just as good.

Recommended tools:

Coschedule for social media and blog post planning, scheduling and automation.

Streak for Gmail for scheduling your emails and creating templates that you can use again.

  • Move your body

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 in 2018, 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 go to a class as the music and the instructor’s voice really help me relax and be mindful. 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.

Recommendation tools:

Free yoga videos on YouTube for when you need to stretch out the day’s stress

  • Treat yourself every now and then

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 convenient and takes the hassle away from finding the right masseur for you.

If you haven’t heard of Urban Massage, it’s 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 2018 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 trialling them out, you can use my referral code below to get 15% off your first two massages.

Recommended tools:

Urban massage for times where you want to be pampered in the comfort of your own home.

So there are some of my favourite self-care tips for 2020. What do you have planned to start focusing on your metal and physical health this year?

The importance of self-care

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