Okay, wait, calm down.
I’m not writing a rose-petal baths and massages self-care post and pretending it’s about business. Not pretending — self-care is about business.
Yes, I am connecting scented baths and massages and similar yummy events to the care and nurturing of your business.
Because this: You love your business. It’s your passion and your calling. And this: Every action you take to feed and nurture your business reflects and manifests (and maybe even multiplies) the way you take care of yourself.
Solopreneur, wisdompreneur, humanpreneur:
Exquisite self-care for your business starts with you. Exquisite self-care opportunities show up in many ways, some teeny and some huge. You get to choose and commit to self-care every day — in your work, in your life, in your relationships.
It’s an inside job. All the best external successes grow, thrive, and sustain because they have a strong inner foundation.
It’s pretty simple: It’s about having and keeping a sacred commitment to practices that let you establish and maintain a state of being resourced, restored, and in balance so that you attract the clients, revenue, friends, satisfaction, and joy you desire.
The inside job: some tips and how-to’s:
Feed, nurture, and tend your body, the vehicle of your consciousness.
Eat, move, and rest like a boss.
Grow a loving relationship with your body and with food, and keep expanding and improving that relationship as you can. A juicy add-on: grow some food, even a pot or two of herbs in a sunny spot if you’re a beginner (it’s nearly impossible to kill a pot of peppermint).
Move your beautiful body — I love my daily walk. Take breaks and get away from the computer.
Prepare good meals and eat them away from your desk.
Absolutely do not forget the scented baths and massages.
Sink into your sacred silence and welcome the presence of the divine with a daily practice.
A strong connection to the divine — to a power bigger than you — helps you stay grounded through the hectic busyness of each day, even in the scary and unwelcome moments. Grounded, peaceful, and motivated. Grateful. Happy.
These days my daily practice looks like something like this: two rounds of tai chi, a journal entry, gratitudes written on colorful paper and added to my gratitude vase, and a guided meditation. I take a walk and I do a workout or a stretching routine as well.
Dress for work, even if you work at home.
Don’t wear the clothes that you slept in. (What? You wear PJs? Me, I keep it simple. I just ditch the bra layer and sleep in the shirt I wore all day — works 90% of the time because I wear comfy cotton knit t-shirts 90% of the time — and slip into yoga pants if I’m not wearing them already.)
Doing errands around town? Dress in something you wouldn’t mind wearing when you are meeting a new prospective client.
You never know when a stranger you encounter will end up becoming your next prospective client.*
Be intentional about fun and downtime.
Want a successful and sustainable business that has you doing your inspired best work for your ideal clients? Then nurture and sustain yourself.
Work/life balance is a thing. When you’re out of balance and working so much you can’t make time to play and restore, your good health and positive attitudes take a hit. Over time those hits can suck the life, and love, and success right out of your business.
And three exquisite self-care tips directly for your business:
Get support. Even (especially!) if you are a solopreneur.
Working at home on your own? It’s so easy to slip into feeling alone and worried. Take an action that fits your needs and your financial reality: Find a mastermind group. Hire a coach. Set up an accountability buddy system with a friend whose business is in a similar reality to yours.
These days I am in a paid small group for coaching, I have a buddy I meet with every other week for content development and heartstorming, and I have a no-fee peer-led mastermind where we talk through business questions and do content creation separately together.
Put structures in place that support you to stay productive and accountable.
I use the tools that allow me to schedule my life and live my schedule and be accountable when things change.
What’s working for me these days is a powerful combination of mostly cloud-based systems that allow me access from anywhere with internet. The three main ones are Evernote, Apple’s calendar, and Google docs and sheets.
Know what your business’s financial reality is (even if you pay a bookkeeper).
Put on your big-girl panties and find out what it feels like to have a grown-up relationship with money.
When you know what’s going out and what’s coming in, you’re in clarity (not vagueness) and you’re in much better shape to be present and take the next right action.
What do you think? Useful?
I can’t wait to hear from you!
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