As an entrepreneur, you have a lot of things to check and follow-up on. Emails, event invites, ongoing clients, business meetings, and the list goes on. But there’s one more thing that needs to be checked on. YOU.
In one of my previous posts, I gave you some tips on how to check-in with yourself every morning before picking up the phone, as well as some ways to be more mindful and slow up your chatter in your brain. This time around however, I want you to dig deeper into your checking into your health.
If you’re reading this, you’re already “about that life”. The life where you find yourself up at the wee hours of the morning working on content to keep your audience engaged while also working on redesigning your business cards. We all know how it goes. Working for your business is something that you LOVE to do, so you always have the energy for it in some way. But are you burning yourself out in the process? I can relate!
Last year, I was working my entire butt off trying to officially launch my second business while making sure that my first business stayed afloat. You read that right, I was grinding to build the foundation for not one, but TWO businesses. At the same time. On TOP of still working a 9-5. With the addition of usual life things, such as family matters, relationship matters and the like, feeling quite crazy and out-of-body couldn’t even fully describe what toll this took on me. Towards the end of the year, I felt personally led to seek out a naturopath doctor; one who could not only give me the “medical” side of things but that could also use other modalities of natural healing to help me rebalance myself. I was really proud of myself for listening to my intuition, because after getting initial bloodwork and blood nutrition reports done by the end of the year, I realized that I had literally and quite physically drained myself and my levels were pretty low in a number of things. As a matter of fact, my naturopath doctor called me an “anomaly” because she honestly didn’t know how I kept going with my levels as low as they were. I was going so fast that I didn’t even realize that some things needed major attention. Wile E. Coyote had nothing on me! Now I’m a huge health nut and take pretty good care of myself, so to discover that I had really slacked on some things internally was a shocker.
Just because you don’t immediately feel it while running around doesn’t mean that you’re running around without the proper balance within is NOT affecting you.
I am here to tell you that there is absolutely nothing cute about being constantly burnt out all the time. Neither is there anything cute about having dark circles around your eyes that concealer can’t always fix. There is also nothing cute about not having any down time, constantly rushing to the next gig or event. How can you see what’s happening right underneath your nose? Yes, owning your own business requires a tremendous amount of energy that serves to be the fuel keeping everything going, but how would your business reach its full potential if you break down with an ailment that puts you on your back for an extended period of time? Where’s the beneficial production in that?
It’s time to listen to your body more.
For me, it’s been months later and I’m still listening to my body more to see how I can best honor it so that it can best honor me by keeping me going. It’s a journey and an adjustment but every day I’m learning how to keep a healthy balance. I’m learning that it’s okay to slow down sometimes and sit down somewhere. I’m always right where I need to be.
Always remember that a car can’t run on orange juice or fumes without eventually malfunctioning.
Mood swings can be caused by hormonal imbalances from the lack of sleep, as well a drainage of energy being caused by low iron. That’s just to name a few. Challenge yourself by asking some reflection questions: When’s the last time you had a quick checkup or blood drawn to see what minerals and nutrients you have been lacking in? What new things can you incorporate or change within your daily routine that ensures that you are always at your most optimal health? How can you keep yourself accountable to yourself?