Taking Care of YOU Increases your Bottom-Line
Amy Lynn Frost, MBA and MA Spiritual Psychology
“Don’t neglect the most important resources you have: YOU, your time, and your energy.”
How to Identify “BURNOUT”
Learn to identify your own signs and symptoms of burnout. Answer the following questions:
Are you unable to make decisions?
Are you having difficulty sleeping?
Are you having outbursts of emotions out proportion to the situation?
Are you feeling physically ill?
Is it harder and harder to met your goals?
Do you find yourself unmotivated?
The Cornerstone’s of Living in Balance
The bottomline to effectively dealing with stress is to live in balance. To live in balance you must take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Physically You must take care of your body. Exercise and eat a healthy diet. Often we drink coffee and skip meals to make more time to work. You can “make time” by working out and eating routine meals because you will have higher energy and will be able to accomplish more in less time.
Mentally You must challenge yourself to develop your abilities to make reasoned decisions and effectively manage your time. These skills will put less pressure on you. You can then avoid the STRESS associated with not making decisions, poor decisions, or wasting your time.
Emotionally Your ability to deal with your emotions will allow you to confront the real issues while acknowledging your emotions separately. Developing a supportive chain of family and friends can be a BIG help. This group can provide you with the support you need by giving you a place to vent, to get a neutral perspective and to develop an action plan on how to deal with situation.
Spiritually Your ability to spiritually nourish yourself in the quest to know “why” am I here will allow you to feel comfortable in the “Big Picture”. This centered feeling of acceptance will allow you to be able to handle stress much easier. You will be able to see the big picture, better understand your role and see those things you can affect.
Steps to Stay in Balance
Having some stress helps to motivate and invigorate us. Too much stress can be harmful and can lead to burnout. Experiment with the steps presented and discover a balance that is satisfying and unique to your life style.
Find activities that help you relax and make them part of your daily routine. Some people enjoy taking a walk, listening to music, singing, exercising, gardening, or playing with their children and/or pets.
Look for the humor in life and be ready to laugh at yourself and the situation. Roselyn surrounds herself with high energy, positive people to keep her energetic and positive.
Express your feelings openly and frequently so that little frustrations don't build up. Do some purge writing.
Purge Writing: Set a timer for five minutes while you write down all the feelings that flow from your pen to the paper. Don’t judge what you are writing; let the emotions find form on the page in front of you. Once you are done, tear up the paper and let those emotions be free.
Know your limits and be clear with others what they are. Say NO when it is appropriate. This way your yes will have value.
Robin says, “I take a complete day off each week. I don’t listen to the phone messages, don’t open the door, or think of the business. This way I am refreshed when I get back.”
Ask for help, get support and delegate.
Write an Action Plan for Self Care
You can do this by asking yourself: What is that you need to take care of ME? “Brainstorm” some ideas. When will you do it? When will you do it? How often will you do it? What kind of support will you get?
Make a commitment to at least one of the ideas presented or from your own brainstormed list and implement it within the next week. What will you do in the next month and the following month?
Go for it!!!
If you are exhausted how can you keep your business on course, the profits up, the expenses down and take care of all of the people who rely upon you. You need to make yourself a priority which will result in a better bottom line and a healthier you. Take that next step NOW.