While we are working hard building our empires, many of us are neglecting ourselves. Read why for me, self-care isn’t a privilege, it’s a right.
“If mama ain’t happy, then no one’s happy.” —Unknown
If this saying isn’t true, I don’t know what is. As mothers and female business leaders and entrepreneurs, we often set the tone—in our homes and in our businesses. Trust me, I am as busy as they come as I run my various businesses while being a wife and raising my children and everything else that I do. But one thing that I will not neglect is my self-care. For me, that is a must and it is non-negotiable.
What does that look like? It means setting boundaries in my personal and professional life, and not allowing those boundaries to be broken. It means allowing myself time off unplugged and offline. It means taking care of myself and saying no when I need to in order to keep the stress away. It also means carefully selecting the things YOU want to do, not the things you think you should do.
Self-care may look different to each of us, but it is something that us Boss Ladies need in order to be able to power through all that we do.
Here are some tips to help you Stop, Collaborate, and Self-Care:
The best way to make sure you are getting your self-care in is to make it a part of your calendar. You schedule everything else—Dr. appointments for you and your family, meetings, conferences, etc. Why not schedule and prioritize your self-care so that you make sure it becomes a part of your routine?
Self-care is all about what makes YOU feel good. For some of us, that’s a mani and pedi, or a massage. For others, it could be a hike on our favorite trail, or a few laps around the pool. What are the moments that you crave that give you peace, tranquility, and inspiration? Those are the things that you can utilize for self-care.
If you are a working mom like me, then your kids are looking at you as an example. If you fail to tap into self-care and taking care of yourself, then you are showing them that it is okay for them to do so. Lead by example and administer self-care for yourself so that your family can see its positive effects, and therefore follow your lead.
Self-care isn’t just a buzzword or a trend or a hashtag—it is healthy and necessary thing to do. I hope that my post inspires you to make self-care a priority. We are in this together.