I went to yoga this morning. The reason I am mentioning it, is because I haven’t been in a while. I could give a million excuses as to why I didn’t go but the truth is I just didn’t try hard enough to make the time. So many of us are guilty of this aren’t we? When we get busy, we put ourselves second. If a client calls, we cancel gym to make their meeting. At the end of the day we are so exhausted, it is easy to skip the run. We get so caught up in our business that we decline dinner dates with friends.
We are all guilty of it. Taking a time out, however, is vital for the success of your business. Building a business is exhausting and can be all consuming, which is why it is even more important to make time for yourself.
It is something I struggle with. It always feels like there is something that needs to be done. An email that needs to be replied to, content that needs to be created, a home to be cleaned, kids to be fetched. Finding the time in a day to be selfish and do something just for you seems impossible but if you aren’t doing it then you need to start today.
Going to yoga twice a week isn’t just about staying healthy, it is about taking the time out to do something I enjoy. I don’t think about anything or anyone else during that hour. It is all about me and when I don’t make it a priority, I feel it.
If yoga isn’t your thing, that’s ok, find something else that is. Something that you can do just for you. Maybe it is waking up an hour before everyone and enjoy a cup of coffee in silence. Maybe it is going for a run or doing something crafty like scrap booking. It could be something as simple as taking a long bath every evening.
If you are, like me, a mom who spends a lot of time in the car fetching kids use that time as me time. It’s not conventional but it works. I download audio books and use my time in the car to listen to them. It is a chance for me to shut out my to do list for a while and focus on something else. My best friend calls it escapism.
Taking the time out can be beneficial to your business. It allows you to recharge which is gives you the motivation and inspiration to carry on building your business.
How do you recharge?