Whether you’re raising a family, running a business, climbing the corporate ladder, or traveling the seas, you are a busy bee.
But where exactly does time for you come in at? Yes, you’re the ultimate task slayer – running around knocking things off of your to-do list, but are you letting the enjoyment of life pass you by?
We all need that fuel, also known as self-care.
Self-care helps you stay grounded and when you are falling off track, self-care redirects you back onto your path. Think of it as investing in yourself.
Truth is, things can get a bit crazy if you continue to neglect it. The tension, stress, conflict, and busy life will wear you down — self-care is the antidote that will refuel you and bring you back from the edge.
Burnout is mad real; it’s when your physical and mental self gives up. When things get to the point of burnout, you’re no longer focused and things can get a bit scary once you find yourself in burnout zone. Sure, you’ll try rebuilding your connection with your Self by reaching out for help and incorporating habits such as meditation and journaling, but these things will only cause temporary relief if you don’t implement the common practice of self-care.
What’s even scarier than burnout is disconnection. If you feel disconnected from yourself, you’re more likely to look outward by way of comparing yourself to others; you’ll find yourself asking questions such as…
What are other people doing?
Why am I not at that stage in my life/business?
Why am I not as good as that person?
…and let me say this — it’s a difference between using others as motivation and beating yourself up. Constant comparison is the smoothest pathway down the road to lost self-identity. It will breed insecurities and distractions.
Your story is different from others — you may see their success but you definitely won’t see their struggle. This is where self-care comes to the rescue, as it allows you to bring the focus back on YOU, your ideas, your success, and your goals.
Productivity is about building effective systems to move you towards your goals and self-care is one of the most important systems of them all. Practicing self-care builds awareness and self-connection so you’re moving in your right direction.
Self-care benefits you but it doesn’t solely benefit you — it also benefits your family, friends, coworkers, and whoever else that is constantly around you. It impacts your self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health.
It’s one thing to know what to do but the secret is in the implementation. Check yourself on the following things are I assure you that you can boost your level of productivity through embracing self-care.
Identify what your needs are —
What areas of your life needs your attention?
Where is your attention and energy going to?
What is it that you’re lacking that will make you happier if you fulfill it?
Meet your needs —
What is needed for you to refuel?
When would be the best time to implement activities that truly make you happy?
What are some things that you haven’t done yet that you’ve been wanting to do?
Make it a habit —
What can be delegated you buy yourself time to invest in your self-care?
How much time will you delegate to self-care?
Self-care is a practice so don’t beat yourself up if you struggle a bit. I challenge you to start today!
Be patient with yourself and remember: self-care is a practice. I guarantee you that once you get in the habit of implementing self-care into your routine, you will see a sharp increase in your productivity.
Question — what are your favorite ways to practice self-care?