Go Ahead, Take a Break
Grind, grind, grind and more grind...the life of an entrepreneur. Are you in a service or product based business? If so, you know how much work is involved in marketing, “dating” the customer, to earn their business, providing just the right level of service, and then follow up. Customer satisfaction leads to referrals and referrals to new customers, and the cycle repeats. Unless you’re in a position to have an office assistant, you also have the day-to-day operations (paperwork) to tend to. And let’s not forget about balancing family, shopping, networking, and all of life’s other happenings.
In all the hustle and grind, most entrepreneurs completely forget about their most important priority, themselves. Of course not in a product kind of way, but definitely with health and service, aka self-care. If we don’t take some time to refuel, our bodies will do it for us in the form of burnout, sickness, brain fog, stress, or even worse, death.
It is so easy to become completely focused on a task or goal that you forget to pop your head up for a much needed breath of fresh air.
That happened to me recently as I was running to reach a goal and I didn’t listen to my body screaming “warning, burnout approaching.” That felt like fatigue, scratchy throat, headache, and brain fog. But I ignored the symptoms and kept pushing forward ... then crankiness, body aches, and unplanned naps appeared. I was no longer productive and felt bad so I couldn’t work. Has that ever happened to you? I read that the symptoms/warning signs can be unlimited and differ for each person. If you’re having symptoms, please pay attention. Burnout can cause severe strain in your business, in your relationships, and your health.
When I realized what was happening, it was time to take a break. I went out with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while: great fun and lots of laughs took over. It was energizing.
Here is a short list of activities I now schedule on purpose for self-care: mani-pedi, massage, spa day, family/friend time, beach, movies, reading, and afternoon power naps. I highly recommend you make a list of your favorite activities and purposely put them on your calendar and have a self-care date. You will thank yourself for the love.
If you’ve ever flown on a plane, the public service announcement tells us that “in case of emergency, put your mask on first.” Remember, you’re no good to anyone if you can’t breathe. I hope this inspires you to GO AHEAD, TAKE A BREAK.
Denise Davis is a best-selling author, speaker, founder of That’s It! A Personal Touch and Co-Founder of Growing With Grace Family Daycare. Denise lives in San Diego with her husband, Richard, and they are students of Stegela Success Mastery.