I hope this finds you well and nourished from time spent with loved ones. In the U.S., this past week, we celebrated our gratitude during the holiday of Thanksgiving. I personally had a unique experience, awaking super early to be with the Indigenous people at Alctaraz for a sunrise ceremony which included dance, song, story, fire and prayer. This was probably one of the most intentional ways I have ever spent a Thanksgiving and I am deeply grateful I went.
Here’s Michael Franti singing a tune for 5000 of us at sunrise.
Going forward, it feels like it’s all about the holidays. While for some this may be the most wonderful time of the year, for others, including myself, it can produce stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness. All this coupled with the current state of our world affairs, in my mind, now more than ever, we need to take really good care of ourselves.
Knowing that you are a beautiful, compassionate, heart-centered Yoga entrepreneur, I imagine that you have a good sense of how to take care of yourself. However, when times are busy with business and family, and sometimes stressful, we all could use a lil reminder of some of the best ways to practice self-care.
Here are five of my favorite self-care activities specific for Yoga entrepreneurs:
- Get enough sleep. I know you have probably heard a bazillion times to get 8 hours of sleep. But somehow, being a busy Yoga entrepreneur, and working late hours gives you an excuse to miss out on good rest. No time to sleep? Too much to do? Got midnight inspiration? I know, I’ve been there! Trust me when I say the science is spot on – we need solid sleep to be at our best, most productive, kindest, and inspiring leaders. Do whatever it takes to go to bed at a reasonable hour so you can wake up and be fresh for the new day. Oh, and while I wouldn’t replace a cat nap with night time sleep, I do encourage taking them!
- Move it. I am probably preaching to the choir here, but how often do you miss a Yoga class, forget about taking a walk or skip out on your movement routine because you are too busy or tired!? Don’t think you have to do a whole Cross-fit class or lift heavy weights, but when energy is stuck, the mind feels full and the joints are tight – move the body to come back into balance. And to avoid mental and physical stagnation, do some Sun Salutations first thing in the morning, go for a gentle walk after a meal or bust out your favorite song and have a lil dance party at home. Moving the body, regularly, will keep the mind alert and the body flexible.
- Socialize with supportive people. When you have a lot going on, whether personal or business, it is essential to connect with those who “get you.” While family is priceless, I am suggesting that you reach out and spend time with like-minded peeps outside of the home. There is something very special about connecting with other entrepreneurs. Listen to their words, their experiences, their journey’s, their challenges. Share yours and I promise you, you’ll feel met, understood, heard, inspired and loved.
- Eat well. I am not a nutritionist, but I do know that when I eat well, I feel well. The old saying, “You are what you eat” is no myth. Wouldn’t you agree? I thought so! And don’t you want to feel well!? I thought so, again! So, choose wisely with the foods you take in. Yes, enjoy the sweets, but limit the abundance. Be mindful of how much you eat out and always choose organic, non-gmo ingredients.
- Treat yourself. What brings you joy? A new outfit? A mindless movie? A solo adventure? Do that! I recommend creating a list of your favorite things to do, at least 50 – and each week, choose one thing on that list to treat yourself and bring in more joy to your life. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to cost anything, but it does have to lift your spirit and leave you feeling better than before.
Committing to self-care is essential for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Try some of these practices and watch your self-esteem, productivity & overall well-being improve.
In support of you,
PS ~ I would love to hear from you. What are your favorite self-care activities? What helps you to stay top of your game? Shoot me an email or leave a comment and share more about what you do to take good care of yourself!