I wanted to chat about what I am doing to stay healthy while running a business, working full time and managing a family. Because let’s face it, it is a lot. And when you don’t have the energy to do all the things, your business and your personal goals take a hit. Plus, I can say from personal experience, my business ALWAYS does the best and my creativity is at its highest when I am feeling my best. This means finding time to move my body, fuel it for energy and making sure there is some self-care worked into the routine. These are 10 things I do every week to make sure my body and energy are as efficient as my business!
Trying to preserve some sense of normalcy is REALLY important to your sense of well-being. And good health, promotes good mental health. So my first 2 tips are really simple.
1. Move your body 30 minutes a day
2. Find time to meditate or sit without distraction for 10 minutes.
Now guys. I know you hear move your body 30 minutes day ALL the time, but it helps SO much. You don’t have to do some complex workout or use equipment. Go for a walk. Do 10 push-ups. Do jumping jacks while watching Netflix. Make chore time active time. Plant a garden. Clean up your yard. You get the idea. Better yet. Jump rope with your kids. Play hop scotch. Try hula hooping. Which I actually did this weekend and was pretty fun. Your body needs movement to function properly and as a bonus, when you get moving you start to feel better! So don’t roll your eyes when you hear this. And don’t skip it. Promise me that. My personal goal has been to stick to my morning routine which is to workout first every morning but I have been adding in an afternoon walk for at least 15 minutes. I am finding that I am walking and moving less during the day because we are all inside, and I am not walking to and from meetings. So a bonus afternoon session has been really helpful. And it is good to get outside!
My 2nd tip is meditation. You have to have a second to get your head on straight. And honestly, I am the type of person that needs quiet to do that. Others might like to talk it out with friends or family, but for me, having a quiet moment is when I re-charge. I tried and really struggled with incorporating meditation at first. A lot of people do it in the mornings when they first wake up which is great. But I actually do it in the evenings with my husband together when we go to bed. I play it off of our Alexa app and use Calm. 95% of the time I fall asleep before we are done. There are so many free apps available, I would highly recommend playing around with it and trying out different ones until you find one that works for you. Don’t laugh, but the Bob Ross (you know the painter with the super soothing voice is SO awesome to fall asleep to! Check out the sleep stories if you use the Calm app. They are great. (And I promise, this is not sponsored, just me sharing what has worked!)
3. Eat nourishing and fulfilling meals. I am trying really hard to eat nourishing and fulfilling meals. Now is not the time to try some fad diet or crazy cleanse. I am working on limiting sugar and caffeine – only 1 a day) and alcohol is only on the weekends. I find when I really focus in on my nutrition, my energy levels are actually higher. And less up and down. So I don’t get that 3pm afternoon crash. And because our days are longer right now with homeschooling and working from home, making these small adjustments have really helped.
I have also been trying to cook more! Which goes back to nourshing and fulfilling. We have been doing take-out Friday to support our local restaurants and on Saturday made a pact to make something new or something we have made in a while. This weekend I made homemade meatballs. And the weekend we before we had a full mexican fiesta! It has been fun to try new foods and recipes. Some of my all time favorites come from the Fed and Fit website. They are super easy, healthy and family friendly. And she has a book called “Cook once – Eat all Week” which has been really helpful for our family. That way you are making healthy, easy foods, but your kitchen doesn’t have to feel like it is open 24 hours a day!
4. Create your own momentum. I know this sounds crazy, but honestly you should expect it if you know me. I always need a goal to work towards. As an example, I have a goal to run a ½ marathon this year but who knows if races are evening happening anytime soon. So I created my own 21 Day goal just for the month of April. And you can honestly apply this to everything. Maybe it is 21 days of walking 15 minutes a day. Or 21 days of eating 4 vegetables a day. Or 21 days of drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of water. Whatever it is. Pick a goal. And as I say, create your own momentum. We are going to be home for the month of April so we might as well make the best of it right?
The other crazy thing that happens when you stick to a plan…Your confidence builds. You feel better. You feel productive. You start to feel like you are able to tackle your day with more energy. And 99.9% of the time, when I accomplish a small goal for 21 days, my business usually soars. Because I am so focused on routine. It truly is creating your own momentum. And I feel like right now, that is what we all need!
5. Sleep. Sleep is always a hot topic for me because if I don’t get at least 7 hours I feel like I can’t function. That said the recommendation is 6-8 hours a day. I don’t know about you but I feel like I am 10X more tired right now than I usually am. And in a way schedules are easier, but also more complex. I don’t have a commute, but we have homeschool. We don’t have activities at night now, but I feel like there is this extra pressure around trying to deal with uncertainty. Uncertainty causes stress. And stress and anxiety causes you to be more tired. So if you are finding yourself exhausted, give yourself some grace. This has never happened in the world in the last 100 years, so we are all trying to figure it out. A few ways I have tried to sleep better (so I don’t have to sleep more) is to make sure I disconnect from my phone a least an hour before going to bed. We also use shade darkening curtains and I don’t have my clock close to my bed. I also try to limit sugary and snack foods before bed that might keep me up or just make me more jittery. It sounds silly but your bedtime routine should be just as important as your nightime routine. Wind down. Start giving your body signs that it is time for bed! Drink some tea. Do something relaxing. Read. And then try to go to sleep.
6. Do something that makes you happy! I know this sounds a little cheesy and you might be like, Holly, the beach makes me happy and I can’t go right now. But we have to do with what we have. So make a playlist. Read a new book. Drink your favorite cup of tea or beverage. Dance. Sing. You get the idea. It is so important that we do something daily that makes us smile. We aren’t on this planet to just eat, sleep, work, repeat. Find something each day that brings you joy! For us, we have been doing daily crafts. Something that keeps the girls busy and is fun for me. I could spend all day on Pinterest even if my projects don’t look like. So for me, crafting and painting and projects are a creative outlet.
7. Schedule a break. From Saturday at about 10 to Sunday morning, I don’t do any work. Let me re-phrase. I may clean my house, or work in the yard. But I don’t do any work as it relates to my career or business or social media. Because I work full time and coach full time I find if I don’t disconnect, I burn out. And I have learned to listen to my body. If you feeling your body craving a break, take it. Schedule a time when you can put your phone away and focus on some of the other steps we chatted about!
8. Think positive. I think I probably mention this and moving your body in every podcast, but gosh, gratitude has helped me SO much. Harboring negative feelings can rob you of your happiness. I try really hard each day to right 3 things down that are going well. And focus on that. Sometimes it is as simple as getting dressed. Other days it might be extra time with the family. Today I wrote. Sunshine. And extra sleep! It makes a huge difference.
9. Put some pants on. This one makes me laugh because I LOVE a good pair of leggings and legit have worn way more lately. But I have been trying at least every Monday to put some pants on. As in jeans. Or shorts. Or something with a waist band. I curl my hair. Put makeup on. And feel like a normal person. And guess what. It works. And it is a good reminder of my goals. My dad used to always tell me you can never be overdressed for an occasion and you should dress how you want to be seen. So today, in my jeans and fancy leopard shirt. I am recording this podcast. And I feel confident. And cute. And even did my hair. Not that you can see it. But it makes a difference. And comes through in what you do. No matter what that is.
10. Learn something new. This is my last tip, but I feel like we have all been given a gift right now to really look at our schedules, lives and everything around us to evaluate it. Some even say they have the gift of time, which as a mom of twins and small business owner I am not seeing quite yet, but life is definitely slower around me, which makes me take pause. I made a goal to learn something new or try to continue to learn as much as I can right now. I started re-reading John Maxwell’s the 15 laws of invaluable growth. I have been trying to cook new things which I mentioned. I started digging into PR for small businesses. My point is, no matter what the topic is, use your time to learn something that you might not have had time to consider before.Or research something you have been dying to know about!
I truly hope you enjoyed these tips and they help you as we navigate through this time of change. I am truly taking it day by day, but these activities have helped me a lot.
In case you missed it, another great resource is my Vitality checklist! Check it out! https://hollymariehaynes.com/your-vitality-checklist/