Self-care. The new buzzword floating around these days. There’s 8947759324 about how to practice self-care and what to do if you want to practice self-care. But what happens if you don’t practice self-care?
Self-care is something we do to help relax our mind and body. Some of the things I like to do when I self-care include reading, sitting on the beach, home DIY projects (especially ones where I get to paint shit). When I first started my business, I stopped all forms of self-care.
My mind was so full of ideas that I couldn’t possibly spend time on something that wasn’t business related. I would wake up in the middle of the night because there were so many ideas in my head ready for implementation. Things were good, and I was in the groove. No time for stopping to do something fun the ideas might dry up. Besides business building and content creation ARE fun!
Then the ideas dried up.
At first, I tried to force more creative business and content ideas to show up. I’d been generating ideas for months, so this lack of ideas was new, and annoying. I tried different systems to organized my thoughts. I tried pen and paper which rarely fails for me. For weeks I tried to make something happen. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero.
We’ve now reached the point in the story where I normally give up on something because I’m sure it’s not really for me. I like to try new things, but when they stop being fun, I stop participating. I considered giving up, but I wasn’t quite ready for that. I had big business dreams, and I saw other people making it happen ever day. I knew it was possible!
I reluctantly decided I’d focus on something else. I put business building, and content creation on the back burner. I tried to read a book. My ALL TIME favorite pass time but I couldn’t focus. I still can’t focus on a good fiction book. It makes me sad. More frustration ensued. Then I decided I would start a small DIY project around the house. What do you know? Mid-DIY, when I wasn’t even thinking about my business, ideas started to flow. My brain worked out problems I’d been mulling over for weeks. I started thinking of ideas for blog posts people might actually want to read.
When I made it back to my desk, the new ideas were still there along with a few more. Now anytime I’m feeling stuck I find some sort of self-care activity and let business go for a while. Usually, whatever business block I’m facing resolves itself somewhere in the process.
Did you neglect self-care when you first started your business?