I sincerely hope this finds you well today. It’s been a whirlwind for our world this past week, actually this past year, with so much change and transition, social uprisings, environmental surges, plus the loss of so many wonderful artists and leaders. And now the recent U.S. election has our global community on high alert. Without going on a political or social rant, I want to simply share that I am feeling all the feels these days and I imagine you are as well.
You are a Yogi with compassion. You have a big heart. You care about our earth. You are committed to our future generations. Peace is your way.
It’s why you teach Kids Yoga and do the work you do. I honor and thank you for your dedication to making the world a better place.
During times like these, and then add on the upcoming holiday season which can bring up even more heavy emotions, it is essential to take good care of yourself.
I know for me, lately, I have been practicing radical self-care because if I don’t, I find myself in a vortex of suffering, depression and anxiety.
One thing I have been doing weekly is Floating. Have you heard of it? In a silent, pitch-dark tank with 12 inches of warm water and 80+ pounds of salt – for an hour, all you do is relax … and float. It’s physically and mentally profoundly amazing and I highly recommend you take the plunge and check it out.
Given the current state of our world, today’s blog is all about self-care.
But first, why is self-care so important?
As Yoga entrepreneurs, when we are overwhelmed, over-worked and under-resourced, oftentimes self-care is the first thing to go. While we may know better, we are human, and we can get too busy to go for a walk, to breathe deep, to go to a Yoga class, to eat slowly, to take time for ourselves or be present with our loved ones. We feel like we have to push push push and go go go in order to get sh*t done.
But this doesn’t work. Not for you, not for me, not for our families, not for our biz.
The truth is, self-care isn’t just important, it’s critical!
The good news is that when we choose self-care, we actually can be more productive in our life, in our relationships and our business.
Self-care prevents burnout. We have all been there before. We push ourselves to the place where we can’t do anymore. We want to give up. Maybe you started your Kids Yoga biz but are feeling overwhelmed with it. You want to quit. When we implement a regular and radical self-care practice, we avoid the possibility of a potential burnout.
Self-care reduces the negative effects of stress. A small amount of stress is actually good for you and your biz because it will help motivate you. However, too much stress can wipe you out physically, spiritually and emotionally. Taking good care of you means managing stress to a place where it can’t take over you and you can function and run your Kids Yoga biz at a high capacity.
Self-care helps you refocus. Have you ever been told to take a break? Meaning you are working on something and feeling stuck and someone suggests that you walk away from it and come back in a lil bit. Maybe go for a stroll, do a dance, stretch, make a smoothie? Breaks are the epitome of self-care. Take a three minute time away from what you are doing and you may feel like a whole new person. I like to call them sacred-pauses because they bring me back to my sacred center.
So yes, self-care isn’t just some buzz word. Or a nice thing to do once in a while. And it’s definitely not to be treated as a reward, like when I finish this blog, then I’ll eat a quiet lunch. No. self-care is critical and essential to managing stress and being successful in the world. Build it into your everyday life and trust me, you’ll always come out on top.
In case you couldn’t tell, I am super passionate about this topic and I can hardly wait to share with you more practical tools for self-care in next week’s blog.
In support of you,
PS – How are you feeling right now? I would love to hear from you and support you in your process. I am here for you. Send me an email and let me know how I can support you personally and professionally.