Full disclosure: I’m a go-getter. I like to push myself and I can often burn the candle at both ends and forget one of my keys to success: self-care. In order to show up for others in my life, be a leader, and help my clients create success, I need to maintain my own peak mental, physical, and spiritual condition. Being present and truly connecting with people requires energy, and we are each responsible for replenishing and caretaking our inner reserve. Self-care is not selfish. There are many different ways that you can self-care. The most important thing is that it’s something that truly feels good and loving to you. To give you some inspiration, here are 6 ways to self-care like a boss.
The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself. – Diane Von Furstenberg
1. Move Your Body
I try to get my workouts in early, so I have the rest of the day to focus on work. Physical exercise keeps me sane and the endorphins flowing. I love CrossFit and Pilates, however, as a digital nomad classes aren’t always easy to find. Walking is my new jam. I try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. It’s so important for me to get up from behind the computer and move my body outside, in the real world. While walking, I listen to audiobooks and take in the unique scenery of whatever city I’m currently in.
2. Pamper Thyself
Pedicures, massage, acupuncture, and Reiki energy work are my go-to ways to pamper myself. After a mini spa day or treatment I feel gooooood inside and out! If you don’t have a service provider that you absolutely LOVE, find them now. Ask your networks for a great referral. I know, pampering yourself can get expensive. Yet, we often fritter away money on silly things like lattes and online shopping which don’t add to our true well being. If your budget is tight, I recommend looking at where you can cut back to make room for one little luxurious act of self-care a month. Another option is to DIY your own spa day at home.
3. Be a Spiritual Gangster
Growth in my spiritual practice usually parallels growth in all other areas of my life. Religious or not, I recommend finding a regular practice that makes you feel connected to something greater than yourself. It can be as simple as lighting some incense and taking a little quiet meditation time in the morning, making a gratitude list, or asking for some divine direction. Having a spiritual mentor or person in your circle that can give you confirmation, direction, and support is invaluable. Look for someone who can offer an unbiased and authentic view on a higher level and who truly walks their talk.
4. Get Down with Your Bad Self
I need to serve my inner introvert (yes, I have that side 😉 ) and unplug totally every once in a while. Whether it’s a solo beach day, movie date, or some quality one on one time with my couch, alone time is important for grounding and resetting, particularly after a big event or hectic travel schedule. As a mom of three grown kids and nona to 7 grand babies, I know how hard this can be. Don’t give up. Hire a babysitter or do a trade with another mom. Honor this time for yourself. It’s sacred.
5. Connect with Old Friends
Spending quality time with the people that know and love me, who I can be my complete self around is refreshing. As someone that travels and networks constantly, I enjoy making new connections but as all networkers know, it takes a huge amount of energy. Recharging my social batteries with close friends is key for me. As a digital nomad, I have to work harder at maintaining and making time for these important relationships. When I’m not local, I schedule regular Zoom calls with my family and close girlfriends to check in.
6. Watch Your Words
One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to be kind in our self-talk. You heard me. Tell that judge-y voice in your head to put a sock in it. One way to counter the mean voice in your head is positive affirmations and sweet nothings. Ok, it might feel a bit weird at first, but try it. Talk to yourself like you would a cherished friend or loved one who you’re just crazy about.
Do you have a self-care regime? What difference has it made in your business and personal life? I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a line or comment below.