ARE YOU REJUVENATING DAILY?
Is it time for a break? Okay; when kids are on school break, do we get to take a break? Why don’t we just ‘take’ one?
Are You Living Non-Stop?
It’s that time of the year again. Spring is here with upcoming graduations along with the non-stop schedule of buying gifts, prepping food, baking cookies, keeping the house sparkling clean, going to parties, relatives to visit, and on and on and on.
You race from one event to the next, and fall in bed exhausted. There’s never enough time to pack it all in, and by the time you are close to catching up, you just might be a tad irritable, worn-out, and maybe even sick from the latest bug going around.
And somewhere in all of that chaos, you’re supposed to be focused on business and hitting your year-end sales goals. It’s enough to make you sit down and cry.
If you’re finding yourself nodding in agreement to all of that, and thinking to yourself ,“I just want to run away, then you need to spend some time investing in yourself and take a break from the action. You might be saying, ” I can’t do it.”
Tips On How & Why You Should Take Care of You
• It sounds counter-intuitive, but blocking time out for YOU each day will make you more productive in the long run. Make sure you time-block a lunch hour each day (and eat something healthy).
• Plan your day so you can be home for the evening with your family, or if you’re living the single life, so you can spend time with your friends. Limit evening appointments to no more than twice a week. Listen to some music you love, read a book, have a game night with your kids, walk the dog…etc. You need that downtime each evening to relax, de-stress, and recharge your batteries each day.
• Start small, and block an afternoon off to go get a massage, get a manicure/pedicure or catch an afternoon movie with the kids. Be sure to change your voicemail along with autoresponder for your email saying you’re out on appointments for the remainder of the day, but will respond the following day. Avoid the urge to constantly check your messages! I promise, they will be there in the morning.
• Plan a weekend off to go to a nearby trendy hotel or glamping with your partner, get together for a weekend with your best friends, or have a staycation at home. You’ll be energized from being with people who feed your soul, and can tackle your work with renewed enthusiasm after taking this short break.
• Learn to say “No!” This is a hard one for most women, but really, you don’t need to bake cookies for every party you’re invited to. or accept every invitation you get. You don’t even have to keep your house sparkling clean if you don’t want to. It’s ok! Take some time to pick and choose the activities that will nurture you and create some joy.
• Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is a perfect time to get other people involved in helping you stay on top of all you need to do. Indulge in having a housecleaner even just one time to give yourself a break. Consider catering a meal rather than cooking everything yourself and/or trade off the duty with a friend who can cook.
• Remember to stay hydrated, eat healthy (all those party carbs can really sap your energy—so choose to offset them by having a salad or healthy soup the next day), take a short walk or exercise every day, and take your vitamins!
By incorporating some self-care into your daily schedule, planning down-time, and learning to say “NO”, you’ll find that you are more relaxed, have more energy, and you’re more productive at work and quite frankly, nicer to be around.
Be nice to yourself; let your loved ones follow your lead.