The self-care checklist for entrepreneurs…and everyone else!


I found the following five self-care practices in Robin Sharma’s new book ‘The Saint, the Surfer & the CEO and have condensed them into a blog- friendly checklist ( with my own take on them) here:

1) Shift from complexity to simplicity

Ask yourself each day: How can I make my life simpler? From delegating unloved routine tasks to taking action on something right now, rather than procrastinating, can free us up some precious time to do the really rewarding stuff like speak to customers and definitely decrease stress levels!

2) Keep a daily practice of journaling

In this high- tech world of ours it is still very therapeutic to take out some pen and paper in th form of a notebook or journal and record, without judgement, whatever comes into our head. How did your day go? What are you grateful for? What did you learn today?

3) Make the time to have a ‘ silent retreat’ each day

This is a daily period of peace and can be as simple as closing your office door, transferring your calls to voicemail and savouring the view from your window for five minutes. Time to ‘ check in’ with your inner, wise self. Even some stretching, or just concentrating on your breathing. We can all find five minutes,right?

4) Commune with nature

Take time after work, for example, to have a walk in the woods or stroll on the beach or take your lunch to the local park for a change. Practice mindfullness and listen to the birds. Be one with th force that created you.

5) Nurture your body

Your body really is a temple. Stay as fit as you can. Take the stairs. Make informed choices about what you eat and drink. Have a massage. You deserve it!

Making time each day to do these five practices is a great act of self- care. It all sounds so simple, yet we busy folk often neglect ourselves and fall into the trap of living only for The Business. Even something as simple as baking a cake or a spot of gardening can centre us again and de- stress us.

Let me know what self-care means to you.

Til the next time,

Louise

P.S. Robin Sharma’s book ‘The Saint, The Surfer & the CEO’ is published by HAY HOUSE, 2013.

 

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4 thoughts on “The self-care checklist for entrepreneurs…and everyone else!

  1. Thanks for sharing these Louise, is a good list with great examples. I have been to the Success 2013 Seminar this weekend in London but I still made time to have some fun. I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical and that was amazing. I went to Chessington World of Adventure theme park and met up with a blogger friend and another friend. Making time to do fun and enjoyable things was good for my head to take a break from all of the tasks that I usually have to do.

  2. Thanks for your comments Sandra. Glad you had such a great time in London. Sorry I took so long to reply but have been “out of action” for health reasons. That makes 2 of us, I guess, I hope we can meet too one day, I’ll let you know when I’m next in the UK with a decent amount of time on my hands. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Louise

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