Are you running on empty?

 

I was on a Skype call with a member of my team recently, when the person I was talking to stopped me mid-sentence.

“Hang on!” she said. “I’m about to run out of energy. I’ll just get my charger”

Whether we’re on a call with a client, checking emails or just browsing Facebook, that “Low battery” warning is the signal to stop what we’re doing and recharge. Just as we would in a car with the petrol warning light on, we know it’s time to refuel.

You wouldn’t ignore that notification and keep going until the machine completely stops.

That wouldn’t make sense. After all, you might have to stop in the middle of an important piece of work; you’d interrupt your state of flow, and it would take more time and energy to restart the computer.

It’s just common sense.

And yet, when it comes to our own bodies, so many of us do the opposite.

Instead of noticing when we need to “recharge”, we push on. It’s not until we get to a point where our bodies tell us we cannot go any further that we actually stop and take care of ourselves.

I’ve noticed it in my clients and in myself, and it’s particularly prevalent among women entrepreneurs. Perhaps it’s our traditional role as “caregivers” that means we tend to put others’ needs before our own (if you have a family as well as a business, you’ll know how often your list of priorities runs like this: family, business… and then you, in whatever scraps of spare time are left over).

Waiting until fatigue or burnout strikes, or our lowered immune systems finally succumb to a virus that forces us to take time out, is like leaving your computer to run down until it crashes.

You can’t choose when you reach zero percent. You might not have time to “save” wherever you’d got to in your business before you find yourself laid low – and you’ll certainly find it harder to get back into the flow of things.

The resources it takes to come back from 0% are huge – it might require treatment from a health practitioner, medical intervention, or at the very least a big chunk of time and self-care that you won’t have had time to prepare for.

So what’s the alternative?

Lots of us have this idea that recharging our own batteries isn’t as easy as plugging in a computer. After all, you can keep using the machine while it’s plugged into the socket – it doesn’t have to interrupt your work at all. But to take the time you need to recharge would require hours of free time and energy that you just don’t have, right?

I’d like to lay that myth to rest right now.

The truth is, keeping your energy at its optimum level is as easy to fit into your day as it is to plug in a computer.

In fact, the best way to stay well while working is to make the self-care you need to keep going part of your everyday habits. That might look like healthy food lovingly prepared; rituals to make each day feel special, maintain boundaries in your life and reduce stress; and special treats to give your mind and body the rest they need before they can’t keep going.

You can also build in time when you’re totally unplugged, maybe going totally offline at the weekend or from a certain time each evening.

The secret of feel good success

The best part? This doesn’t have to slow you down or impact your profits.

Making sure you’re happy and healthy will make the time you do spend working exponentially more productive. You’ll find decision making comes more easily, and clients are naturally drawn to working with you because spending time in the presence of someone who’s glowing with joy is addictive! Being healthy and happy will mean you can deal with challenges that come your way peacefully and happily, in your true power.

Where to start?

These 3 very simple and effective activities will bring you immediate results – you can start implementing them today. Schedule regular reminders into your phone or set an alarm to prompt you to take these vital steps to keep you fully charged.

1. Drink water

Schedule 5 reminders (minimum) throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (yes, before your morning coffee!).

2. Stand up, smile and stretch

Schedule at least 3 reminders with one as your morning entry.

3. Choose 3 priorities for today

Stay focused by getting clear on what’s most important to you at the start of the day. Start your day with number one – then, only when that’s completed, proceed with the remaining two (at least one of these could be focused on your wellbeing, such as take a walk, make a delicious lunch, or meditate…)

Want to find out more?

If you’re ready to find a way to stay Happy, Healthy and Hot while growing your business, then join me for a free webinar next Tuesday 12th June. I’m going to be sharing my best tips to bringing self-care into your day-to-day life so that you can stay focused on what’s really important: you.

Click here to find out more and book your place!

(And click here for our previous post: How to check if your business is summer holiday ready…)