Working until the early morning hours, missed family vacations, seemingly impossible deadlines, and tight budgets. These are all things that you, a boss babe, are no stranger to.
You face challenges everyday that push you to your limits, but you are killing it in your business! It can be tough, but you’re tougher. Except maybe you’re starting to feel a little unproductive, isolated, or maybe even depressed. Pursuing your dream of owning your own business does come along with some rad perks (hello, working from home with your cats on your lap!), it can also lead you towards these very real feelings. So how do you combat them?
How Can Combat Negative Feelings in My Business?
There are so many things vying for your attention. You may wonder how to take care of yourself when you’re the CEO, CFO, editor, photographer, designer, janitor and everything else it takes to run your business. Most days, it can seem daunting to even pull your hair up into a messy bun (how many times have you wondered if you’re on day 3 or 4 of no showering? Because same). If you’re like a lot of people, you have multiple jobs, children, or other responsibilities along with your business that make it seem like doing your hair is just another thing to add to the list.
The few moments you spend on yourself in the morning can change the course of your day. Start your day by focusing on you for 20 minutes right when you wake up. It will not only change how you feel about yourself, but it could even have a positive impact on your business.
Morning Self Care Routine: What can I do in just 20 minutes?
The first thing you should do when you wake up is give yourself the permission to recognize your incredible journey so far. Allow your focus to be on what you’ve accomplished and bring positivity into your day. We all know when we feel good about ourselves, we are more confident to conquer the world. That includes the business world.
Next, make your bed. This will set up your day for success because you’ve already accomplished something. Yay for small wins!
After you’ve made your bed, take 5-10 minutes to meditate. Even going on a 10-minute walk to mentally prepare yourself for the day and get your blood going is a great option.
Shower. (okay maybe every other day?)
Throw on some blush and a bit of mascara. You should also try to put on ‘real’ clothes as often as possible. Even if you are wearing jeans, a t-shirt and your favorite sneakers, you probably aren’t lying in bed on your computer responding to emails. You are most likely sitting at a desk or your kitchen table, getting your work done in the right mindset.
This is a simple, physical change that tells your mind you are in work mode. Let’s be honest, no one lounges in jeans. It’s scientifically impossible to feel comfortable hanging out in bed with jeans on.*
*okay, it’s not really scientifically proven, but it might as well be!
During these first 20 minutes of the day, don’t check your phone. I know, it’s where majority of your business is, but think of how distracting your phone can be. These first 20 minutes are for you! Everything else can wait.
Sounds great, but I don’t have the time for a morning self care routine.
If you struggle with doing these things already, just start with one thing at a time. There is no need to change everything right now.
Start by waking up 10 minutes earlier every day, or maybe try meditating for a few minutes when you wake up. As you begin adding these small actions to your day, you will start to notice an increase in your mood, productivity, and success. Almost every very successful person has a morning routine they follow to the “T.” Plus, almost every successful person starts their day with time spent on themselves. If you have a routine that you follow on the regular, you will be in the right mindset to get done what you need to get done.
As you build these things into your morning, you will see success throughout your day, and this will manifest in success in your business.
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