5 Easy Ways To De-Stress In Less than Five Minutes

 

Fall has the energy of “action” for me. My kiddo is back in school, which generally means I have more time to devote to work, projects, etc. I like to vacation in the summer, so by the time fall rolls around, I can feel a certain pressure or “urgency” around my work, especially as I am gearing up for the final quarter. 

It's an easy time to slip back into bad habits. For me, that looks like taking on too much or not planning my wellness and connection activities first. And, of course, that leads to me feeling stressed.

When I am working in a state of “fight or flight”, my decision-making is poor, I can’t communicate effectively, and I’m generally “re-acting” to the world around me, instead of “responding”. Not good…

However, if I stay intentional about my self-care and keep my practices super simple, I am able to handle the stress of the “busy” times.  To show up as my...

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The Science of Self-Care: Why Taking Time for Wellness Isn't Optional

 

As a business coach for women who have been struggling with overwhelm and burnout, I love that we are collectively pushing "pause" on hustle-culture. 

 
This past year gave many of us the opportunity to slow our roll.  As we were leaning-in, it was a great time to revisit the state of our health and well-being. My social media was (and still is) full of advice on #selfcarehacks #selfcareideas and #selfcarethreads. 
 
We are re-thinking what it means to be an entrepreneur. There is growing awareness and attention to the quality of life. Promises of glory by #grinding #hustle, #slay, #grit, #werk, #riseandgrind feel empty when you consider the costs. 
 
And the costs are high. According to Jeffrey Pfeffer, author, “Workplace environments in the US may be responsible for 120,000 excess deaths per year; accounting for about 180 billion dollars in additional healthcare expenses.” 
 
So,...
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Practicing Self-Care Makes Me A Better Business Owner

 

Before business life, I was one who always prided myself on my commitment to self-care.

In particular, I was proud of my fitness regimen. I would log several miles a week on my daily walks. But as things got busier, taking time away to walk felt “self-indulgent”. I tried to schedule walks on the weekends, but because I already had a backlog of “to-do” items, it rarely manifested.

At first, I was willing to forgo self-care because my business seemed “high priority”.

In fact, I actually saw my “sacrifices” as a badge of honor. I was a dedicated business owner, giving my all to see the business succeed. But, the sacrifices kept coming until my entire regime of self-care practices disappeared.

My business was like a screaming child, demanding all my attention...

My schedule climbed from an eight-hour workday to ten, twelve, even fourteen hours. If I wasn’t sleeping, I was working the business, talking about the business,...

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