Small Business Owners Beware

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When you have what you need, you are better able to help other people and their needs.

This is just common sense, however each of us tends to put the needs of others over and above our own. It seems that children come first, but then the spouse or significant other takes priority, followed by self-employment/work obligations and maybe even volunteer work. But it seems that inevitably we put our own needs last.

If at the end of the day, after sending the kids off to school, putting in 8–16 hours running a business, then preparing meals and cleaning the house, and finally sending the kids off to bed — perhaps if we are not already exhausted — we may then spend some time on ourselves.

I’m not saying this is right or wrong, however we must keep in mind that in order to run a happy home and successful business we must first ensure that our needs are met.

It’s similar to being on an airplane where we are taught to first put the oxygen mask on ourselves before helping anyone else.

It’s important to fuel the body, mind and spirit on a daily basis through proper eating, relaxation techniques and exercise.

We need to fuel our bodies with adequate foods and not skip a meal because “we don’t have time.” Food is to give us energy, not make us late for our next appointment.

Also, realize that pampering yourself with a warm bath, practicing stretches or taking 10 minutes to read a chapter from a favourite book should not send you spiraling into the depths of guilt.

Life is too short not to enjoy everyday.

And finally, keep in mind that energy begets energy. So if you’re feeling tired and rundown, that’s the time that you really need to focus on increasing your exercise. A brisk 20-minute walk or 30 minute strength-training program can give you just the boost you need to motor through the day.

And remember, when you feel nourished and energized, you are better able to deal with all the demands in your life. Taking time for you is not selfish, it’s necessary!

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