Love Yourself: How Do You Self Care? pt. 3

Continuing our series on loving yourself, I’m sharing a few more ways I cope and carve out some time for me!  How do you self care?  Comment below or share a pic on my facebook or twitter.

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Time With My Pup
Healthy Eating
Healthy Eating
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Baths!
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Running!!
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Sunsets
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Flowers & Gardening
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Coffee! (and cookies)
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Making Music
Spending Time with My Love
Spending Time with My Love

Love Yourself: Self Care pt. 2

I’m going to be very honest:

Last week was not great.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday had a lot of negative, saddening, and anxiety-filled happenings.  When that series of events was stacked on top of everything I already have going and all that I am working on (all positive, but lots of big changes and events coming up), I couldn’t handle it.  I was struggling to keep myself for crying all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I felt panicky.  I felt down.  I was not myself.

For those of you who know me even in the slightest, that’s not who I am AT ALL!  My mother-in-law even describes me as full of life and excited about everything.  I smile almost constantly.

I knew I was in real trouble when I sat down for a meal with my husband on Wednesday and he said, “I’m worried about you.  You aren’t yourself”.   He suggested I take a few days off to re-center, deal with the events earlier in the week, and get back to myself.

I listened. 

I took a few days off where I didn’t return emails.  I didn’t answer phone calls.  I didn’t do any work. I put myself first and dealt with them hand of cards I had been dealt.

I know that if I would have gone to work, I wouldn’t have done even half the job that I normally would do.  I wouldn’t have been an effective instructor, therapist, or administrator.  I had too much to deal with personally to be good at my job, to be present with my clients, and to do what I wanted.

Now of course I have a TON to catch up on this week, but I feel much more ready to handle everything and be productive in a way that will be effective for my clients and my company.  I feel like myself.

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and family.  They listen, they make me laugh, they help me cope, and they are always there when I need them.  They help me see when I need to make a change and know me better than I sometimes know myself.

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So, do yourself a favor.  Surround yourself with people who love you, who listen, and who will tell you the truth.  Surround yourself with people who care enough to tell you when they see something amiss.  Listen to those people.  Listen to yourself.  Take time when you need it.  You aren’t doing anyone any good when you aren’t at your best.

Take care of yourself so you can be best the version of you!

Love Yourself: How do you self care?

This morning I made one of the best decisions I have made in a while. When I stepped outside to let the dog out, the sun was shining. It was cold, yes, but the sun was bright, smiling, and warm. I decided to take advantage, throw on my running shoes and head out for a short jog.

I grabbed my fleece, my ear band, and sunglasses and hit the road!  And it felt GREAT!

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I didn’t go very far, very fast, or hit any personal records, but simply getting outside, clearing my head, and being active got my day off to an amazing start.   I didn’t realize how much I missed just jogging outside.  For me, that is a form of self care.  I don’t just mean in the physical sense of taking care of myself.  It’s also emotional and mental self care.

It has been a crazy busy few weeks and there are no signs of slowing down!  I’m excited for what is to come in the next couple months but it is going to mean a lot of long days and some sleepless nights. I know that also means making self care a priority.  I cannot be at my best if I don’t take time for myself.

Taking time for yourself is one of the best things you can do for everyone else.  You cannot care for others if you don’t take care of yourself.

 

So, how do you self care?

 I’ve talked about other ways I take care of myself in these posts:

http://www.onagoodnote.net/finding-balance-physical-wellness/

http://www.onagoodnote.net/find-balance-pt-2-taking-time-away/

http://www.onagoodnote.net/5-quick-tips-for-avoiding-burnout/

 

 

 

LOVE Yourself Financially & Value Your Services

Working in a client-centered field, my primary concern is generally the well being and satisfaction of the individuals I work with.  I want to make sure that their needs are met, that they are happy with the services they receive, and that they will continue to return in the future.    I try to be reasonable, fair, and understanding in all of our dealings, taking into account the human side of my work.  At the end of the day though, I have to remember that I am running a business and that I have to take care of myself and my needs.  I have to take care of myself financially so that I can continue to keep my doors open and provide the same level of services my clients are used to receiving.

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I have to remind myself:

This is not only my passion, but my profession, my company, my livelihood.

When figuring out how much I’m going to charge my clients, how much I want to pay my employees, how much I’m willing to pay in rent, I have to take a moment for reflection.

What is my bottom line?  What do I need to be paid? Am I making a profit? Do I want to be able to take a vacation this year? How many hours am I willing to work to make this happen?  What work can someone else do?  How many hours am I actually working and what am I getting paid for?

After asking that crucial series of questions, I can start to develop my rates and policies.   I start to value myself and my services more and feel more justified in all of my practices.  It is easy to get caught up in worrying what everyone else thinks and lose track of what is important to you.

STOP!  Take a second a value yourself! YOU are a leader, a professional, and a critical part of your clients’ lives.  You cannot do what is best for them if you aren’t doing the best for yourself.

If valuing yourself and your services more means raising rates, charging for missed lessons, hiring an employee to take on part of your load, paying yourself more, or anything else, DO IT!  Do what it takes to make your work work for you.

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