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...
Movement was especially important to me, 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 was a high priority.
In fact, I 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, or thinking about the business.
And, with all the stress,...