Everything that comes out of your mouth should be written in calligraphy and wallpapered around my office…
I was invited to speak at B.loved Hive to celebrate their exciting new launch. B.loved Hive is a fantastic new business hub and community for wedding professionals, dedicated to help eliminate some of the isolation wedding business owners face when working for themselves.
As the wedding industry is often associated with passionate creatives and burn-out, I was invited to do a workshop on self-care and I was thrilled to get such a heartwarming response from those in attendance.
I didn’t actually realise (or think about) what your talk would be about but it turns out it was one of my favourite parts of the day”
Thoroughly enjoyed your motivating talk today. Self care is something I am rubbish at and determined to change.
Self care affects all of us and its easy to forget how important it is, until you get run down or burnout that is!
Self-care does what it says on the tin and encourages us to take responsibility for ourselves and our own wellbeing without medical intervention.
Self-care is often associated with being selfish and something many of us take for granted and put right to the very bottom of our to-do lists.
How much do we truly value our worth if we put ourselves right at the bottom of the to-do list to take care of ourselves?
It’s very easy to consistently put things off; to avoid going for that run, or doing that yoga class. To work through lunch, to take a day off, and to not feel guilty about it. We often stop doing the things we enjoy through fear of not having time to “fit things in” when actually they are our natural coping strategies and we should absolutely be doing them. The truth is human beings and as business owners, we are our best assets. Without our health we have nothing. Self care is imperative and should be a priority in all of our lives. (easier said than done at times of course) It enables us to build resilience, to work more effectively and efficiently and live with balance.
I always recommend incorporating some really simple regimes, consistently into our lifestyles to keep us well and to enable us to be better equipped to cope with any pressure or challenges that will inevitably be thrown at us.
It’s the simple things that really make a difference to our ability to be able to juggle and cope. Such as recognising when we need a time out. To go for that run, to do that class or workshop, to continue our personal development, dedicating time to cook a meal with fresh ingredients, rather than rush eating a baguette on your way home. Spending time with friends and family without clock watching, having that soak in the bath, learning something new, dancing, meditating, mindfulness. The truth is, the choice is vast and is absolutely ours for the taking. we just need to act accordingly and priorities ourselves.
What is it that you used to really enjoy that you have stopped doing, chances are it was one of your natural coping strategies that you just dropped. Reintroduce it.
What will you be doing this week to put yourself first?