When you are running your own business or building your career, life can seem to take over, can’t it? There’s always so much to think about, and a never-ending ‘to do’ list to get through. And if you are not careful, you can start to suffer from the dreaded stress, and your quality of life can be a thing of the past. We all know that we need to take care of ourselves, and it’s even more important to do that as professional women with busy careers.
How we eat, how we care for our bodies, and whether or not we make time for ourselves can have a massive impact on our well-being and on our creativity and our productivity. And with all this going on we simply can’t afford not to be at our best. But life doesn’t have to be quite so busy and overwhelming. There are plenty of things you can do to take back control and detox your life.
1. Detox You!: If you have read any health magazines or women’s magazine in the last, well… ever, you will have seen articles on how you should drink more water and eat properly. And that’s for good reason. If you aren’t healthy, you won’t have as much energy and so you might not be able to do all the things you want to do. So why not give it a try? Drink more water, take the time to plan your meals and shop ahead so you do eat properly, and make sure you get plenty of fruit and vegetables. You really will feel better!
2. Exercise: Ah, the dreaded exercise. Even the word conjures up images of grey, boring gyms at stupid o’clock in the morning while wearing too tight Lycra that rides up in places you didn’t know you had! But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are classes now for so many different things that you might actually enjoy, from Pilates to pole dancing. And that’s the trick – pick something you really do enjoy, or otherwise, you won’t stick to it.
Why exercise? You will be fitter and have more energy, with better circulation, and your body will more easily be able to get rid of toxins. And you will be much more likely to keep up with everything you need to do in your busy life.
3. Get Your Eight Hours Of Sleep Every Night: With so much to do, it’s tempting to burn the candle at both ends, but your body and your mind need sleep, and if you keep running around on four hours sleep, all the coffee in the world won’t stop you from getting sick eventually. While you are sleeping, your mind is processing your day and your body is healing and resting, so you wake up refreshed and ready to go.
4. Clear Your Clutter: Having too much ‘stuff’ whether at home or at work takes up space in your brain, and having a good clear out can make you feel lighter, freer, and more able to focus. Go through your house room by room and decide what you really don’t need. Donate some to charity or sell it on eBay for some extra cash. At work or in the office, why not do the same? Clear out your desk (and those crammed drawers.) Archive your old files if you still need them and shred what you don’t need. If you have got extra kit hanging around like printers you never use or box files that are empty but taking up shelf space, then see if anyone else can use them. You will then have a clear workspace to start getting creative in!
5. Make A Plan: Much though you are, of course, Superwoman, you really don’t have to do everything by yourself. So, pick your battles. What do you really *have* to do, both at home and at work? Where can you delegate and get help? What can you get rid of off your never-ending ‘to do’ list? Can you get a cleaner or someone to do the ironing for you? Can you afford to outsource some of your tasks to a freelancer or can you hire an assistant at work to take some of the load? And more importantly, what do you really want? If you work that out first, then you can work out how you are going to get it, and set some goals.
6. Detox Your Finances: If your finances aren’t well organised, it can have an impact on just about anything you want to do, from deciding whether to eat out to buying something that will help support your career or business. It’s worth going through your finances on a regular basis and keeping an eye on your credit rating so you can be sure you have everything in place financially, both for your home life and your work. If you can, it’s always best to have some savings put aside for the proverbial rainy day, and try to save up at least 3 months’ salary as a cushion if you ever need it. Though, if you need to pay off some debt, do that first so you are not losing money on interest. You can invest in a financial planner if you think you need to, but if not, simply adding your regular bills to Google Calendar and doing a monthly budget can have you feeling at ease and in control of your money.
7. Unplug Every Now And Again: How much time do you spend on the internet or glued to your mobile phone? What if you take a break for a day or a weekend, and actually talk to your family and friends? Be fully present. Go out, do something fun. The office or your business will not grind to a halt if you put your phone down and have a break.
8. Take Time For You Regularly: You are busy and there always seems to be yet another thing to do, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time for you. It’s important to have a break and recharge, whether that’s spending some time alone with a good book, having a regular massage or going away for a spa break every now and again. You will be more refreshed, full of energy and come back raring to go and full of new ideas.
9. Get Rid Of Any Toxic People In Your Life: Negative or poisonous people can have a dreadful effect on your life, whether they are in your social circle or in the workplace. If you are constantly dreading seeing Toxic Tilly or Moaning Minnie, then why are you doing it? Why would you spend your precious free time with people who make you feel bad? And it’s not only socially that this matters. We spend an awful lot of time at work, whether we work for someone else or have our own business, and a David or Debbie Downer can make every day feel like it’s lasted for a month! Surround yourself with positive people who build you up, not tear you down, and the difference you will feel will be amazing.
10. Have A Good Laugh!: Everyone gets stressed now and again, but a good laugh can change everything. Why? Because it’s seriously good for you, with lowered blood pressure, stimulation of your lungs, your heart and other muscles in your body, and a temporarily raised heart rate. And you will feel good, too. Try not to take things personally or too seriously, learn to relax, and let things go. You don’t have to take the responsibilities of your home life, business or your career all alone, and you can detox your life and make it better.
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