Does self care actually lead to more money?
For me, the answer is a “Hell yeah, it does.” I wouldn’t have connected those two things in the past, but 2016 showed me that they are intertwined. I have always thought of my business as completely separate from the rest of my life, but I now see that as much as I could try to keep them separate, like oil and water – they are more like sand and sea – all slushed together to create this amazing beach that is my wholehearted life. Self care is what tied everything all together.
‘Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.’
Self care can look very different to each of us.
Recognizing that I needed to look after myself, fuel my soul, learn and expose myself to more was something that came from realizing that I was running on a hamster wheel. I was so stressed out about getting to the gym – fitting it into my schedule and figuring out how to coordinate it with my family and work commitments, that it didn’t accomplish what it was set up to do – make my body healthy, regulate my weight and hormones and lower my stress levels. 2016 was a year of recovery – physically and mentally but I was exercising my way to more weight, stress and crazy.
How did this reflect in my business?
It made me extremely unfocused as I didn’t leave any space for creative thought or expression, to really expanded on my thoughts and ideas. So I cleared some space. I gave myself time and made room for my mind and soul to wander. It filled up with creative work in my business, work with new clients, more creative approaches to existing clients and new projects that inspired me and it all brought money into my life.
I know it sounds woo woo or a bit crazy, but it has made a huge impact in my life, my business and my bottom line. The more self care I do, the more I want to do.
Here are my 5 pillars of Self Care
- Learn – fuel your mind and soul with constant learning opportunities.
- Journal – taking time to reflect, set intentions, express gratitude and feel affirmations.
- Balance – a flow to life that recognizes the importance of all aspects and their intrinsic weaving together.
- Meditation – make room, clear space
- Sleep – rest and repose
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