Recently, I had the privilege of attending an event here in town with some of the most successful and inspiring women you could ever know! The event was called Business Boutique and featured Christy Wright of the Dave Ramsey Team.
These women spoke as business owners to 1200 other women who own or want to own their own businesses, but their material was beneficial for anyone. And their message was very clear… self-care is #1 priority! If you’re not taking care of yourself, how can you share your gifts and talents with anyone or take care of your family and friends?
Now, these are some VERY successful women who had family, friends and businesses to take care of, and just about every one of them spoke about the importance of making time for you, and making time for what you value most and what adds the most value. I even made a similar post last year about this. I don’t know about you, but my health and family are first, followed by my businesses and community work. Everything, I mean everything, else can wait. I imagine you have a similar list with many priorities as well.
Now, that might sound like a lot to balance. But their message was clear here too… it’s not about juggling everything at one time, it’s doing the right things at the right time. Carve out that time for family, focus and give your work everything you can during work hours, and schedule time do what really matters to you.
As you can imagine, the topic came up about how we aimlessly scroll on our phones and how we spend so much time looking down instead of up at everything around us. Time was also spent on recognizing things we may be doing that waste time and don’t add value. All were important reminders for all of us who try to do so much.
Overall, it was an inspiring event and I highly recommend you attend next year if you can!
So, what can you do to make self care priority list and find balance? Here are 3 steps to getting yourself going in the right direction.
- Stop every so often to ask yourself if what you are currently doing is honoring your values and what matters most. Is it giving more to your life or taking away? Are you fully present and taking care of yourself? Just becoming more aware is they key here.
- Make a plan and schedule each action you need to take like Grocery shopping, workouts, cooking, date night, and then take ACTION!
- Schedule some “off time.” Leaving work or other responsibilities takes more than just leaving the office. You have unplug and shut down. If you feel constantly connected to email, social media etc, even just an hour a night of unplugging to focus can make a big difference and will allow you the space and clarity you need to take care of your top priorities.
New habits take time, so keep practicing the above steps until they become more natural. I promise you will feel less stressed, happier and more productive than ever!
Niki has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 1996, is a Mother of two and has been married to her best friend, Sam, since 1998. She appeared for over two years live on the Home Shopping Network and its sister station, America’s Store, as a regular guest and fitness expert for ProForm Fitness, the world’s largest manufacturer of home fitness equipment, before moving back to her hometown of Nashville, TN and starting Niki G’s Boot Camp. Niki is committed to helping women find realistic ways of getting in staying in shape through consistent and effective exercise and healthy eating through her Nashville Fitness Classes and Online Training Programs.