Moms are usually great at taking care of everyone else, except ourselves. When it comes to self-care we always seem to neglect setting aside enough time for us on our priority lists. It can feel selfish to block out alone time, rejuvenation time or down time. Especially when you’re a womeneur trying to build an empire, we just don’t have enough time in a day to give some of it away to lounging around, right?
The only time we seem to unwillingly take a break is when someone falls ill. Whether it’s our partner, kids, or parents, we are right there ready to nurse them back to health, but what happens when we ourselves fall ill? Even the healthiest of moms gets a little sniffle eventually. Who steps in to take care of us, and how can we keep a business going while nursing ourselves back to health? Do we keep going no matter what because we know we have a ton of things to do?
We talked last time about motherhood being a 24 hour commitment with no days off, and that would include sick days, but when you’re a mom + entrepreneur whose sick this is like a double whammy. We typically just keep going, prolonging illnesses and wearing our bodies down even further. We still have households to run too so a day off, never really feels like a day off does it? And we’re entrepreneurs, so long gone are the days of calling in sick, snuggling under the covers and letting a co-worker cover your tasks for the day. Sure we may want to just stay in bed, rest and drink cocoa all day, but that’s just not always possible while running a business.
Thankfully there are some contingencies we can set in place so our business doesn’t have to completely stop while we are feeling under the weather.
Make a List
If you are well enough to list all the tasks that need to get done you can start to tackle them slowly one by one between naps and doses of medicine.
Shift the Load
If you have a virtual assistant who you feel confident in, this would be a perfect time to move some of your tasks to their plate.
Check your calendar and shift your schedule forward, moving any appointments that can be moved to a later date.
Outsource Day Work
If your business includes physical products that need to be packaged and shipped consider bringing in some help to make those runs to the post office until you feel better.
Pull From Your Stash
If you are a blogger this is a perfect time to pull from your stockpile of posts. You should always have a few extra posts ready to go in your back pocket and when you are sick it’s a perfect time to use them.
Order Take Out
Don’t even try to cook a thing, stay in bed, and place an order so you won’t have to worry what the kids are going to eat for dinner.
Did you find this list helpful? Things don’t have to stop because you not running at 100%, how do you continue to take of business when you are feeling under the weather?
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