It’s about a month since I posted Moving towards self-care and three tips for building good habits, so I thought I’d do a quick check-in to let you know how things are going in my attempts to get my self-care act together.
Hope you are well today.
When I left my day job a year and a half ago to work on Emerald and Lime full-time, I read a lot about becoming a business owner, about working for yourself and, more particularly, about working from home. There was a lot of recurring advice about self-care (a term I don’t particularly like, but that doesn’t matter, so let’s go with it for now 😉). Anyway, I read a lot about not overworking, about ensuring you have healthy living practices in terms of eating, hydrating and exercising and about methods to cope with stress and anxiety to guard your mental health. All these “non-business” aspects of running a business were stressed to be as important as the business related aspects such as marketing, networking and social media.
I’ll be honest and say that when I was reading this I thought, ‘Well, that’s all a bit obvious, really,’ and continued on my merry way, sure that I’d take care of myself just fine because it’d be easy to do.
It was only after a few months of preparing to launch the business that I realised I had fallen into every single trap.