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91. Linking Self Care and Success

2020 has been a doozy of a year so far, how’s your self-care regime going?

If you answered, what self-care regime – then this week’s Feed U Podcast episode was made for you. There is a direct correlation between how you take care of yourself and success. With so much going on, I thought it critical to challenge you to put yourself first. Because putting yourself first isn’t selfish. In fact, when you refuel and replenish you have more to offer and give to those who need you.

This week I share 7 tips that will keep you sane and sassy when it comes to self-care.

Some of them you may have heard before (but it never hurts to be reminded, especially with everything going on). To get the entire lowdown of how to take care of you, tune in here and listen to the episode. As always, here are the cliff notes for this week’s episode:

1. Eat well.

I know McDonald’s can be easy and sound delicious when you don’t feel like figuring out what’s for dinner. But, there is a direct correlation between stress and eating. I also talk about my realization of junk food addiction and tuning into your body to listen to what it wants. Of course, everything in moderation is my motto. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do need to listen to the cues your body gives you when it comes to eating, sleeping, rest, exercise, you name it.  For all the deets tune in here.

2. You’ve got to move it move it.

Yes in fact in this week’s episode there is a bout of brief singing. What can I say? I’m a Madagascar fan.  Just something about the Zebra. Anyway . . . moving your body counts.  Even if it’s in short spurts.  Research has shown shorts spurts over time are as effective as longer periods of exercise. Meaning you don’t have to do it all at once. But, this body we are in was meant to move. When we don’t move things get kinked up, clogged up, and jacked up. Yep, those are the clinical terms.)  Even if you have to sit at a desk all day there are ways you can get up and move it move it move it. Listen to the ideas I share about what I’m doing to keep moving during zoom calls and computer work.

3. Meditation is cool.

I’m not just saying that because I live near Boulder. I think by now we can agree that the meditation thing is not just a trend. It’s been going on for 1000’s of years – so I think we can quit calling it a “thing”. When we sit, quietly and listen. Turn off our thoughts and listen. It’s amazing what will start happening in our lives.  I reference Insight Timer when talking about a tool to get you started.  I’ve used it for many years now, and that free version has a TON of content.  Check it, tune out and let me know what you find out.

4. Turn off devices, the news, and social media.

Holy cow could we have more distractions? I give a great example of what happens when we tune into our device first thing in the morning during the podcast. As humans, we are problem fixers. If we jump into a problem before we have even given ourselves the chance to wake up or plan out our day – we are like Doug in the movie Up. “squirrel”. We won’t get done what we need to. Our goals won’t get accomplished. And, we can’t achieve what we want to achieve. It also makes it really hard to focus and stay neutral energetically. With so much going on and so many distractions, it’s exhausting just thinking about it. No wonder we are tired. Last, I give some before bedtime tips for devices in this week’s episode. Give it a listen here.

5. Simply sleep more.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But sleep is one of the BEST stress-busters out there and most of us don’t get nearly enough. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep daily helps your brain function at it’s best. Even more, even better. But many of us don’t get enough sleep or can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. I shared several tricks to fall asleep during this part of the episode. Below are the links to some of the tools I reference. For more detail, listen to the episode.

6. Take action.

It is easy to get caught up in our thoughts and let our emotions propel decisions or keep us stuck. When we start to take action, things will start shifting and moving again. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking that first step. Sometimes we have to take smaller steps to gain momentum and see big results over time. But overanalyzing and spinning our thoughts over and over in our mind only increases our stress. So take that first step and see what tomorrow brings.

7. Get creative.

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we are creators. When our creativity gets blocked we don’t have new ideas, we feel stuck and wonder what the heck we are going to do and how got into this mess in the first place. When we can find a constructive way to release that creative energy we are more productive, find solutions faster, and achieve our goals quicker. We have to expend the energy somehow. It doesn’t matter if your creation is perfect (let perfectionism go for the love of all things holy) and just play again. I reference my addiction to crayons (learn more here about that) but choosing what fits your creative needs will be the best way to go.

Simply if you want more success then put your self-care first with these 7 tips. If you’re ready to declare your self-care commitment, come tell us in the Facebook Group this week.   In the meantime,

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