by Rebecca Ruiz | Featured Contributor
Self-care is incredibility important for our well being, our health and our mindset. When we make time for ourselves we are happier, more energetic and less stressed. This is the case for us business owners because we always have a lot on our plate, which means that self care is incredibility important as it’s essential to look after ourselves in order to be of service to our clients. Why don’t we make self-care a priority?
There are many factors why it’s not at the top of our list, which could be:
- Demanding business
- Day job and business together
- Lack of time
- Busy life style
In this post we are going to look at ways to create a self-care routine to include in your everyday life.
Having healthy boundaries and being able to say no
Are you always a yes person that wants to help other people out but you often find yourself starting to resent them because there is no time for you? You don’t like saying no because you don’t want to disappoint others. By always saying yes to your clients, family and friends without putting yourself first, you are giving your power away. Instead we want to keep our power within us that way we can make a decision that best serves us.
Next time when someone asks you to do something stop and think about it first. Are you doing this because it’s something you really want to do or be involved in? If yes that’s fantastic go ahead and have fun doing this. If it’s taking you away from the opportunity to do something for you or to spend time with someone you love practice saying no. By saying no you will have more time for you and the people that matter the most in your life.
Why it’s ok to put yourself first
I get it we all have busy lives between our partner’s, families, businesses and our home life; there is always something we could be doing. Some days will be easier and some days you will feel like you are climbing Mt Everest.
It’s not possible to be the best version of yourself if you don’t start putting yourself as number 1. Women are nurturers we love to look after others; it’s just in our nature. When we do take time for ourselves we often feel guilty because there is something else we could be doing like things an extra thing for a client or helping someone out. Taking time for yourself and having healthy boundaries in your life is essential to your own wellbeing. Starting thinking of ways to put you first.
Facing the negative self-talk
When you say no and take some time for yourself you are often going to be faced with a guilty negative voice. The voice loves to make you feel guilty but what if you decided to choose different? Tap into your own thoughts by really listening to this voice in these moments. Having awareness to what it’s saying is the first step to making a change.
I write my thoughts down that way I can see exactly what is holding me back, which makes it easier. When the thought comes up thank it for letting you know but instead you are going to choose a different path instead. I’ll be honest this takes lots of practice but by facing the negative talk will free you up to making decisions that serve you.
Scheduling in self care
Self-care is important, we all have lots going on and sometimes it’s taking the small moments to add some self-care time in. It might be a mini 5-minute meditation before you get out of bed each morning, writing a page in your journal, taking a short walk around the block or having a 10-minute break for a cup of tea. These moments add to your self-care routine it’s been open to finding an opportunity that presents itself during the day. We also need to schedule in self-care time like for example a longer walk, a yoga class, and coffee with a friend or going to the salon.
I want you to think of 3 self-care things you can schedule in for you this week? Write them down and let me know what they are in the comments below. By including a proper self care routine into your life you will find you are more relaxed, more focused and clearer in your mind.
Rebecca Ruiz is a certified confidence life coach, professional copywriter, blogger, and freelance writer at Life Perceptions based in Perth Australia. She inspires women entrepreneurs through her one on one life coaching to build their self esteem along with their confidence to create more success in their life and businesses. She runs her exclusive invitation only small group program “Mentoring for Success” twice per year.
Rebecca has always being a writer since she was a child and now uses her skills as a professional copywriter. She loves making words come alive by writing web copy, SEO and sales pages that helps women entrepreneurs make more money. She combines her unique style of coaching and copywriting skills to teach women how to write their own copy with confidence. She also loves freelance writing, blogging in her favourite areas of personal development and travel for online magazines.
When Rebecca isn’t working she loves practicing yoga along with sampling gourmet food and wine with her husband.