It has taken me a long time to figure out that taking time for myself is just as important as taking time to run my business. I HAVE to schedule time to relax. If I don't, I work and work and work until I don't want to work anymore, and I end up sitting in front of the TV from The Price Is Right to Jeopardy. I not only have to schedule time off, I have to schedule recharge time after networking or having a session.
We can't keep putting our needs on the back burner while we focus on everything and everyone else. Taking care of yourself is not selfish - it's necessary for your well-being. So schedule that weekly self-care day and make sure you stick to it. Whether it's taking a long bath or reading a book, do something that brings you peace and relaxation.
And don't forget about summer! Do you have any plans to take a break and recharge? It doesn't have to be an extravagant trip - even a weekend getaway can do wonders for your mental health. Remember, if you don't value your own time, no one else will. Taking time for yourself isn't just beneficial for you, but for those around you as well. When you're rested and rejuvenated, you can give your family, business, and job the attention they deserve. Don't wait until you're burnt out to take a step back - prioritize yourself now and watch how it positively impacts every aspect of your life.
I'm going to Cape Cod to see family over July 4th. I like to go to the fresh water ponds swim and float in tubes. I love to go to the beach and lay on the sand to just listen to the surf. I would NEVER swim in the ocean since they have great white sharks literally the size of Jaws. Then we will have fresh, glorious seafood caught that day. At dinner we will talk about how we plan to swim in the ponds and lay on the ocean the following day.