"I SUGGEST WOMEN REVERSE THE GOLDEN RULE AND TREAT THEMSELVES AS WELL AS THEY TREAT OTHERS.” -GLORIA STEINEM
Entrepreneurs give everything to their business: Customers come first! This way of thinking comes easy to an entrepreneur. In everyday life, women often prioritize the needs of others and in so doing, postpone or neglect critical self-care. Taking care of ourselves as women, is important but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally.
As women business owners, we need to schedule it in or it doesn’t happen, right?
SCHEDULING “ME TIME”
When we think of self-care we tend to think of stress relief: bubble baths, mani-pedi’s or gab-fests with our girlfriends. Personally, I love a little retail therapy, although paying the bills a couple weeks later can create a vicious cycle. Many of our go-to self-care approaches cost money.
Does thinking about finances stress you out? I think we all carry some anxiety about money which can backfire when what we need is a little self-care to undo all the other stress of giving and caring for others first.
Life is expensive and it gets more complicated when you’re running a business and the number of people counting on you increases – employees, customers, family members, etc.
Taking time out of life to decompress is important. Did you ever consider the fact that financial planning can be a great stress reliever, too? When you take time to plan for the future and get your ducks in a row, financially, you’re actually taking care of your future-self.
So schedule time to sit with yourself and think about your financial life. Reflect on where you are now and imagine how you’d like things to be in 5, 10, or even 20 years down the road. We need to carve out time in our busy lives to think about what we’re actually trying to accomplish.
Bring a pen and paper because someone has to keep notes for the meeting.
HONING YOUR FINANCIAL PHYSIQUE...
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