Mindset is everything if you want to be successful in business and life! We often stop ourselves from being successful, sabotaging ourselves at the most crucial times.
The most important aspect of success mindset is SELF-CARE. Without self-care you can’t possibly have the beautiful abundant business that you desire. Making money is an expression of self-care as self-care leads to your business growing and you being able to support yourself and continuing serve your clients by doing what you love.
Let’s have a look at a couple of important aspects of self care:
1. Fuel your body
3. Move your body
4. Morning routine
5. Life support
1. Fuel your body
When we spend a lot of time in front of our laptop, we often feel like we don’t have time order to make a proper lunch and we end of eating a bit of this and a bit of that without properly fueling our bodies with healthy nutritious delicious food.
Imagine driving your car to the petrol station and deciding that you don’t feel like putting unleaded petrol in your car today, so you fill that tank right up with diesel or even orange juice. Needless to say your car isn’t going to run very well that day. It is the same thing with our precious bodies.
Learn what your body needs to feel good. My body needs plenty of good quality fats and lots and lots of vegetables and fruit. I feel great mentally and physically when I don’t eat too many grains and cut out processed sugar.
Two years ago I stopped drinking alcohol and the difference it makes to my mind is phenomenal. I wake up every morning with a clear head, even if I’ve gone to bed a bit late or haven’t eaten a 100% how I think I should be eating. I can think clearly about what I want to do that day, how I want to do my work and how I want to serve my clients at a higher level.
What kind of fuel does your body need and what does it not need?
Are you someone who can do moderation and can have the occasional treat or are you an all-or-nothing person like me?
Some people can have the occasional couple of glasses of wine without it affecting them. Others feel the effects for a couple of days. Women who are at the time of life where they have to metabolize hormones are more likely to suffer the effects of a few glasses. The enzyme that deals with alcohol is called dehydrogenase. This enzyme also deals with our reproductive hormones which makes us a bit more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol when we go through a particular hormonal phase. Our bodies use a lot of energy to deal with those hormones which is why women tend to be more sensitive to alcohol when premenstrual or very hormonal.
I can honestly say that giving up alcohol has been a wonderful decision for my body and mind.
Sleep is ridiculously essential for pretty much everything! Make sure you get enough sleep. That often means switching off screens and all lights (even tiny lights like standby lights on a TV or clock) in your bedroom as they affect your pineal gland.
Try go get at least around 7 to 8 hours sleep a night. Too much sleep isn’t good for you either, but that doesn’t tend to be a problem for most of us entrepreneurs!
If you feel tired during the day, give yourself permission to nap. I got into naps when my children were small and I haven’t stopped napping since!
If you’re someone who loves to get up early for your morning routine, don’t get up earlier if it means you didn’t get enough sleep during the night. That is counterproductive. Try to remove all things that disturb your sleep or take action to protect yourself from whatever disturbs you (if you have a snoring husband, try earplugs instead of removing your husband 🙂 ).
3. Move your body
It is important to move your body particularly if you are sitting still in front of a computer for most of the day. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym every day but you can incorporate little routines to avoid stagnation in your body. You could put a timer on your phone that reminds you to get up and walk away from the computer/ dance/ jump/ run up and down the stairs for 5 minutes every hour. When you’re moving your body, it gets your circulation going so that you can be in the best possible shape to run your beautiful business.
4. A morning routine
How you start your day really does dictate how your day will go. Some people like a fixed morning routine like for example:
- 20 minutes of meditation
- 20 minutes of reading something empowering
- 20 minutes of stretching
- 20 minutes of journalling
Sometimes I just do five minutes of each of those things. Sometimes I don’t make any plans and I just see what my body and mind need this morning. I start by making myself a gorgeous big giant cup of rooibosh tea. Then I might do some journalling or decide to read something inspiring about mindset, do some stretching or other exercise, use some affirmations. It really gets me set up for the day.
5. Life support
Before you even look at support and outsourcing in your business, think about your life support! This is a really important part of self-care.because this really is a part of self-care. Do you need some help cleaning the house? Or do you need help shopping and cooking? It is time to stop trying to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do everything in your life. Outsource those tasks you don’t like to do. If you love cleaning, then don’t get someone else to do it for you. If cleaning makes you feel drained, get someone else to do it. Get the life support you need so you can concentrate on money-making tasks in your business.
If any of this resonates with you, please do post below.