“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” ~Unknown
Happy Monday! It is the start of the holiday WEEK! Yes, I said – week. Thanksgiving may only be one day and the meal itself may last only a few hours but as of today, most of us begin preparing with gusto. Maybe you are having family come in for the holiday. Maybe you are going away. Maybe it is just going to be a quiet time for you and your hubby. Whatever YOUR holiday time looks like – take some time for YOU!
Taking time for me is something that I don’t do very often. I have always placed myself last on the list of priorities in any given day or week. As a result, a few pounds have crept on, my sparkle has dulled a little and I am content to stand in the back watching everyone else succeed. Not good for moving my business forward or for my personal life.
If I learned one thing last week at the Authentically Audacious Virtual Planning Retreat, it is that the ripple effect starts with ME! And when momma’s not happy, no one is happy! Right?? Then I listened to a great video from my business coach – Alisha. Guess what she talked about? Scheduling a power hour a day for ME and 3 hours of me time per week. No need to feel guilty about taking the time because if I don’t, my whole world suffers.
I LOVE being self-employed. It has lots of benefits but one of the major downfalls is that we forget to take care of ourselves. I love the analogy about putting on your oxygen mask FIRST then your kids. The truth is, if we don’t take care of ourselves, the rest of our life will suffer. I get grumpy! Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie take up residence in my head. As a result, nothing gets done.
So, I made a HUGE step last week and went back to Weight Watchers. I know, I was at Lifetime and then I let go. I stopped taking the 90 minutes a week for me. I stopped tracking every morsel that I put in my mouth. I thought “I got this”. The result, a few pounds over goal and I am not a happy camper. The ripple effect has been awful. This is the first step to taking care of me and getting my sparkle back.
Here are some other ideas, you may want to try:
- Step away from the computer and take a walk OUTSIDE!
- Watch a funny show on TV or a movie
- Work in the garden
- Get a mani-pedi
- Listen to some music and dance around the living room.
It doesn’t have to be expensive … the point is that you need to recharge your battery and believe it or not, everyone will WIN! What if you started every morning with ME time? Would that change your outlook on the day? Would you be more productive?
I know that thought of getting up earlier makes you cringe. I am already up at 6AM so I am going to set the alarm for 5:30AM to start. Once the body adjusts then it will be back to 5AM and my morning power hour. In the meantime, I will do a power half hour in the morning and save my exercise for the evening. At least exercising is on the agenda for a change.
What do you do for yourself to recharge your battery?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!