When you’re busy, love what you do and immerse yourself in work 24/7, it’s super easy to forget to take care of yourself. You order in pizza, fried rice or Indian curry while working late, which you do, well, almost every night. You book a meeting on top of your scheduled yoga class more often than not. You pamper your clients more than you’ve pampered yourself in ages and you most certainly don’t take the time to meditate or journal. After all, they’re more pressing tasks to get done, right?
Maybe, but taking care of yourself and your innermost needs is essential not only for your overall well-being, but also for your career. If you don’t make it a point to pause every once in a while and relax, your schedule is going to get the better off you and before you know it, you’re exhausted, overweight and entirely burned out.
But I don’t have the time. There’s so much to do. I can’t possibly pull myself away from this project, presentation or meeting. I hear you, believe me, I do. That’s why I thought I’d share a few irresistibly quick ways you can love yourself on a daily basis without it taking over all of your precious time.
1. Use Mantras While Doing Your Morning Routine
Mantras are powerful. They reaffirm you, ground you and inspire you and the best thing is that you can repeat them while brushing your teeth, showering or commuting to work. There’s no extra time needed, just a bit of effort and maybe a post-it note here or there to make sure you don’t forget.
Stretching awakens your body, relieves stress and gives you that extra boost of energy you often need. It also connects your body and mind and only takes a second to do. So, right now, stretch your neck, your arms or your shoulders. Do you feel that? That’s the response of a happy body.
3. Do a Quick Meditation
Join Susan Piver’s free Open Heart Project and begin your meditation practice with 10 minutes twice a week. The revelations you’ll have in those 20 short minutes will benefit you and your business for years to come. Struggling to find the time? Get up earlier, stop watching TV and your problem is solved.
4. Practice Gratitude
Before you go to bed, write down five or more things you’re grateful for. This’ll give you perspective on life, work and your needs. You’ll soon find that there’s so much you can be grateful for: your family, friends, this beautiful planet, your body, talents, skills and gifts. Once you’ve started, you’ll more than likely end up with 20 things or so. This little exercise is an instant happiness booster.
5. Buy or Store Pre-cut Veggies and Fruit
In our super convenient world, eating healthy is as easy as eating fast food. So, instead of ordering pizza, grab a bag of pre-cut fruit, some veggies or a packaged salad and you’re all set for your super healthy snack, lunch or even dinner.
Being passionate about your career doesn’t have to come with the price of neglecting yourself. Just take one step at a time and you’ll soon begin to enjoy loving yourself just as much as you enjoy building your biz.