By Lori Drzewiecki: The Method to My Madness
Thank you for coming back, my last blog was content. If you missed it, be sure to check it out.
On to Time for Yourself.
You might be thinking this is a no brainer. Why do you feel you need to tell me to take time for myself? The reason is we all need to be reminded of this from time to time. No matter how heavy your burdens are, you need to take time, even if it means you schedule it. In fact, I suggest you do schedule it.
I failed at this concept, and it nearly killed me. I’m not being mellow dramatic; I am completely serious. Prior to my journey I was an average middle aged housewife. I was healthy, fit and strong. Till the day I needed to see the dentist.
Yep the dentist. Just a note here, I have been terrified of the dentist most of my life. Turns out I had a broken tooth with an infection, and it needed to be pulled. Unfortunately, that wasn’t going to happen the day of my appointment. My blood pressure was so high that the dentist thought I would have a stroke if he continued. One might say I just had anxiety about going to the dentist. But no, I was told to make a doctor’s appointment and see where it was then. Turns out the dentist was right. I was still at stroke levels. I’m was 44 at the time, of average build/weight, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol or coffee, I don’t do drugs. My poison was diet coke, but seriously where did this high blood pressure come from?
I’ll tell you. It came from NOT taking time for myself. I spent EVERY waken moment that I could working on my business. My business happens to be a Membership website. Creating a membership website on your own means hours and hours of sitting at a desk. I did leave my desk one day a week or every two weeks to help others for the day. But aside from that I spent my days sitting on my butt working on the website. Every day that the site was in production was another day of not making money.
Every entrepreneur knows the weight of needing to succeed. We all have family, health and financial burdens that weigh on us, whether we are working on our grand opening or the day to day operations of our business. I am not going to give you my pity party because it most likely isn’t much different than the one you had or will have if you are just starting out on your path.
My goal here is to plant the seed of “your business, regardless of what it is, won’t succeed if you don’t take care of yourself first.” You may not face dangerously high blood pressure, but there are other dangers that you may be able to avoid if you put yourself first. High blood pressure or burn out would be just a few items on that list.
While I sit here working on this blog, I not only have the worries of promoting and running my business, but I also now have to take time out of my day to not just focus on me, but to work on correcting the damage I have done.
I would suggest that regardless of what your business is, or what your personal and business burdens currently are that you take time for yourself. The best way that I have found is to create a system or a schedule. Give yourself some time every morning to exercise, even if it is for 15 minutes. Eat a protein filled breakfast. Drink enough water. Do what you need to each day, but take the time to fuel, fit and refresh yourself for the day. At night, take the time to step away from your work. Take care of one task that will make your morning easier. Then make getting the best night sleep you can a priority: Meditate, listen to music, etc.
Believe me when I say I didn’t and don’t have time to be sick any more than any of you do. I was STUNNED to find out I let myself get to this. But I learned another lesson on my journey. I can only hope that this lesson helps at least one person reading this.
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