1 – Putting yourself first – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 1 here – Each morning is a promise – by Aneta Idczak
2 – Mindfulness – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 2 here – Mindfulness for stress management – by Amanda Pratt
3 – Improving sleep – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 3 here – 3 tips to make your nightmares become sweet dreams – by Bev Roberts
4 – Stress awareness – Read the Wellbeing in Business Series post 4 here – Stress awareness and 3 activities to alleviate stress – by Rachel Louise John
I love mornings. I always loved them.
Apart from when I was burned out and getting up in the mornings was really difficult. I would drag myself out from bed, make some tea, sit in the kitchen. Sometimes I would get so anxious thinking about all the things I had to do and having to go to work that I would end up crying. It all felt like too much to manage.
I would then drag myself to have a shower and get ready for work. Put my make up on just like putting on a mask. Tell myself I have to do this, I have to keep going.
Looking back on that time I feel so much compassion for a younger me – struggling and doing her best. But feeling so exhausted and unhappy.
And I know it doesn’t have to be this way. I lived through it and my life is very different now. I’ve been on a long journey.
When two years ago I left my Social Care career after working for over 15 years with individuals and families experiencing issues with addiction, mental health and other child protection level issues, I promised myself that I would focus on my wellbeing first and do everything else from that level. I already knew that making my decision to leave Social Care happened after I started to practice deeper self-care. I left to become fully self-employed with the dream of supporting myself fully doing what I love, which has already been my side gig for few years.
It’s taken some time to get used to running my own business. I would still act as if I had to do things – usually what seemed to be a standard requirement for coaches or yoga teachers. I would follow advice from other people thinking that they knew better how I should run my business. They had more expertise so it seemed natural to follow their lead.
But over the last two years I slowly realised that it is about me creating what’s right for me, not what’s right for those experts. And I understood how the choices I make about my business are directly related to the level of my wellbeing, and vice versa.
I realised that the more I show up for myself daily, practice my mindfulness and mindful yoga, and connect my own inner wisdom – the more I feel empowered and the more successful my business becomes.
And it all starts each morning with the little choices we make. Over time those choices accumulate and grow into a powerful momentum.
Practicing a few minutes of deep breathing or mindfulness or loving-kindness or yoga or mindful movement once in a while will help for those few moments, maybe even bring some relief or a burst of energy. But showing up for yourself fully and doing the same practices for a month every day will have a completely different effect on your whole being – creating harmony, ease and lots of clarity and energy available for your daily commitments.
We forget that the only constant in life is change so we might as well embrace it and move with it mindfully and with eyes wide open. With compassion and loving-kindness.
So take a little time to reflect on what you can do today to start your own momentum.
Anetai Yoga Studio, Yoga Wellness Coach and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist