Self care is one of the topics I’m most passionate about. And this time of year with all of the holiday madness, self-care is more important than ever!
As healers, helpers and mission-driven creatives, we hold the space for healing and transformation on a daily basis.
As if providing the space for our healing work were not enough, we also have the business-side of things to manage.
It’s a heavy energetic load…especially if you are high on the sensitivity scale.
So what’s a conscious creative ‘preneur to do?
Practice sacred energy management.
Sacred energy management is brahmacharya for you and for your business. It is learning to manage our energy at all levels, including the energy of our business.
Sounds simple enough, until you start to seek that balance.
Balancing our time, business activity and finances is a juggling act, especially when paired with our actual creative, healing work. But there are a few simple remembrances that can help to keep us in the flow.
First: Remember that YOU are the heart of your business.
This means time for precious self-care is non-negotiable. Committing to your restorative practices shows commitment to your business success. Nourishment and rejuvenation are essential.
Go ahead, eat something nourishing, sweetie.
Or put your feet up. Take a savasana. Your business (and your ever-expanding to-do list) will be there in 10 minutes. And the more you nourish yourself, the better off your business will be.
Second: Money is energy. Accept it. Start treating it as any other energy source.
More in, less out is a positive energy balance. If you’re frustrated with your current financial situation, get out your last 3 bank and credit card statements and see where your money is actually going. Get on a budget. Eat at home more often. Skip the $5 mega-drink from the coffee shop and instead brew a cuppajoe at home. Invest in business support to up your strategy and income. Take a look around at the places money energy is “leaking out” and stop the leaks! Then decide how much money you ACTUALLY do need to remain in financial ease.
Once you know that, it’s easier to….
Third: Remember that time is the only thing you truly own.
Your time is sacred, precious and finite – use it effectively by truly staying focused on the services, offerings, tasks, hobbies and causes that light your heart fire.
Anyone who has time to bingewatch [insert your favorite series] on Netflix has time to build a sustainable business.
Don’t believe me? Ask me about Prison Break (and pregnancy) [spoiler: I’ve watched the full series four times.]
Seriously, though, get strategic about how you are using your time – in business and in life.
Could you sacrifice that weekly group yoga class that is draining your energy and use the time you save to develop a higher value service: like an online program or signature workshop series? Absolutely.
Could you give up one night of television every week to spend a couple hours working on that book? Sure.
The thing is – we have the time. We have the time in our workday (if we are already entrepreneurs) and we have time in our “free time” to do the things that will truly leverage our business.
But when we burn through our productive hours or our busy-busy weeks without a measure of thoughtfulness, we end up frustrated, overworked, and underearning.
Building a sustainable business is a supreme act of self-care because it allows you to be mindful and attentive to where you spend your vital energy. It allows you to manage energy at all levels: subtle, financial and physical.