Just a short amount of time devoted to mental or physical escape can work lasting wonders for the mind, body, and bottom line.
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As a business owner, you are giving hours and energy to dozens of people, possibly at the expense of your wellbeing. However, this is not sustainable in the long term and will likely lead to burnout. In this post- (art) pandemic “new normal” it is more important than ever to maximize the time for yourself to recharge and live life on a higher level.
Some key concepts I've learned that will make it easier:
1. Make this “you” time part of the day
This is the most important concept to consider. Whatever your escape – even something as simple as a gratitude exercise where you write down a great moment that happened on your day before bed – engaging in it regularly will help you get into what is called a "flow." “State. This doesn't have to take up every moment of free time, but it does have to be part of a consistent schedule.
2. Create a to-do list and prioritize tasks
It's hard to stay in “Go” mode all day, but it's important that you dial in and focus on the urgent tasks ahead. Make a list of the things you need to do and prioritize them by selecting the top three "need to do today". By focusing on it, you can move your business forward, gain a sense of accomplishment, and create a space where you can pamper yourself a little or unwind (mentally or physically). Once these top 3 have been completed, you can also opt for less urgent tasks.
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3. Learn to say “no” and set boundaries
Your time is valuable because it is limited, so spend it with the right people. It doesn't mean you have to stop being kind or helpful in general, but it does mean knowing when the task ahead is more important than a sudden request. There is an art in knowing when to take responsibility, to reject and put yourself first, and it includes setting boundaries to people who may take too much time to think about irrelevant or to speak or inquire about other peripheral topics. You may want to find someone else within the company who can answer these types of questions. The takeaway here is not to give up on engagement, but rather to learn how to best manage and use connections with people.
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4. Choose your pleasure!
Find (and organize) the outside of work activities that will help you recharge. Maybe you cook a favorite meal, read a great book, maybe take a bath or hike in nature. Whatever it is, what some refer to as "indulgence" is actually a fertile opportunity for your body to relax and relieve stress.
5. Make adequate sleep a part of your “you” time
According to SleepHealth, "70% of adults in the United States report inadequate sleep for at least one night a month, and 11% report inadequate sleep every night." This persistent sleep deprivation leads to millions of sluggish, anxious, overweight, forgetful, possibly depressed and often immunocompromised people and also leads to a lack of work motivation. So get those eight hours of deep, quality sleep. If you're frustrated trying, try these tips:
• Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This will teach your body when it is time to rest.
• Do not drink alcohol or caffeine before bed. It can take up to 12 hours for caffeine to leave your system, while alcohol affects deep sleep after just one drink. This affects how well you sleep through the night and makes it difficult for you to wake up without feeling lightheaded and irritable.
• Keep electronics out of sight for an hour before bed as they stimulate the brain activity that keeps you awake.
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