You’re the driving force behind your business and I don’t doubt that you’re also a wonderful mother, friend, daughter or sister, and you probably spend the majority of your time thinking about other people. Whilst putting others first is wonderful, neglecting yourself can ultimately have negative effects on those around you. There’s only so much self-abuse you can stand before you’ll start showing it, so today we’re focusing on self-care.
In order for your instruction business to thrive, you need to be thriving. It’s time to start thinking of yourself once in a while, and today’s the day to get started.In order for your instruction business to thrive, you need to be thriving. It’s time to start thinking of yourself once in a while, and today’s the day to get started. Here’s how:
Take a sheet of paper and a pen, and sit yourself down somewhere quietly, where you’re comfortable and won’t be disturbed. Set yourself a 10 minute timer and start writing down on that piece of paper everything that you love doing or would love to do, have or experience. Don’t censor yourself, just let it flow, with everything from the smallest, most everyday detail that makes you happy, like the scent of flowers, to huge bucket-list challenges that you’re determined to do one day, like a round the world trip
Everything that’s on that piece of paper at the end of 10 minutes will then become your self-care manifesto. It’s time to actually start doing some of the things that bring you joy.
Stuck for inspiration? I’m sure you’ve got plenty of ideas, big or small, buried deep down inside you, it’s just a matter of unlocking them.
Here are a few to get you started:
Treat yourself to a bath bomb (I’m a Lush fan myself!), light a few candles, grab a good book and lock the door.
Instead of bingeing on Netflix in the evening, try getting lost in a good book. Take it to the park on a summer’s day or just sit in your own garden and immerse yourself in a new world.
Go alone or with a good friend. Enjoy the quiet, or have a good debate over the merits of a piece of modern art. Wander, slowly, drinking everything in.
Learn something just because you want to, not for the sake of your career or for anyone else’s benefit. Learn a language, a musical instrument, pottery, knitting, a martial art… anything that will get those brain cells whirring in a slightly different way.
This has become incredibly popular recently for a very good reason – it works! Find a quiet space, sit down and start clearing your mind and focusing on the sensation of your breath.
As good as meditating for calming the mind in some people’s opinion, get up in the morning and immediately write 3 A4 pages of stream-of-conciousness, clearing out the cobwebs for the day ahead.
If you love flowers, stop hinting to your partner and buy them for yourself. Contemplate their beauty and breath in the perfume, and marvel over the beauty of nature.
Grab your coat (if you need to!) and get out into the great outdoors for a bit of head space. The local park will do, but if you can get out into the countryside, even better.
That friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with for ages? Today’s the day. Ring them up and suggest going for a walk, a coffee, a picnic, anything! You’ll be glad you did.
It’s time to get away! Whether it’s a weekend stay-cation or a two week adventure in the tropics, getting away from the routine will do you a world of good. Is there a big trip you’ve always wanted to do? Have you ever wanted to travel alone? Whether it’s pure relaxation or getting out of your comfort zone, grab your bags and go.
So lovely Instructors, what items are going to be on your Self-Care Manifesto?
Why not head over to our Facebook Group to share your list?