When you’re running your own business, I’m sure there are many times where you feel like Superwoman. You know without a doubt that you are creating an empire that will help carve the way for other black women who have the same aspirations. It feels good, right? However, I’m sure there are moments where you feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things you want to do, along with all the things you HAVE to do that depends on the continuous success of your business. In your mind, you have a never ending list of things you want to accomplish for the day and it just carries over into the next day. Soon you find yourself overwhelmed with all of the things you have left to do. You may also find yourself second-guessing important decisions and stalling others. Aggravation sets in, making you question your sanity. Your mind becomes so overloaded that business production hits a standstill all at once until a way is made to lighten the load.
I want you to know that there are ways to slow down the mental rush while also still being fabulously successful. Take into consideration that even Superwoman herself needs time to recharge her powers. Here are some effective ways to get you started.
1. Try Some Mindful Meditation
In more recent times, people from all walks of life have been digging more into the benefits of meditation. Believe or not, there is not one just one effective way to meditate either! There is always a method that works for you, no matter how busy you are. Take it from Ana Maria Serrano, a good friend of mine who is a mindfulness coach. In one of her recent blogs, she talks about learning how to meditate without thinking that you have to completely stop thinking. With mindful meditation, the goal isn’t to completely stop your mental chatter altogether, but rather to be more aware of it while also incorporating simple ways to give yourself some peace in the process. Be sure to also check out her free Meditation Basics guide! It’s a jewel.
2. Create Small, Workable Goals
Another reason why you feel overwhelmed with all that you have to do could also be due to the fact that some of your mental to-do lists are just too big to accomplish in one day. It’s perfectly okay to save some things for the next day! Some of the things you have to do may have many components that require more detailed focus, so choosing to break those up these things in smaller goals is a really good idea. Designate a small notepad or journal where you can write down your intentions for each day. Be realistic when it comes to how likely you are to accomplish those things before the day is done. This would be a great thing to do in the morning after following these tips to get your mind right.
As simple as it sounds, you’d be very surprised how easy it is underestimate the quality of our breath. When we’re stressed and full of tension, we tend to breathe shallower, which restricts oxygen flow to the brain. This can also add to mental fogginess. Taking the time to sit and take a few breaths can do wonders! If you need some visuals on ways to practice deep breathing, this little animation, along withthis one are great (and portable) ways of doing so.
Can you feel the clarity coming through already?