According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults or 43.8 million people experience mental illness in a given year in the United States. Never in a million years did I think that I would be included in that number.
I want to share something I’m not proud of, but first let me ask you a few questions that I hope you’ll ponder. Have you ever felt jealousy creep in when you’ve heard about another woman starting the same kind of business as you? Have you ever given precious brain space to fears that she’ll be more successful than you, and fear there isn’t enough to go around for everyone?
Don’t answer yet.
The ideas are flowing so fast it’s hard for your pen to keep up with your brain. You are on fire for this idea and you dive right into the who, what, where and how of it all.
But now those brilliant ideas are mocking you. Needy little snippets sketched out, spilled all over your desk, begging to be pieced together. And you’ve got nothing.
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves that self-care is optional.
We need to take really good care of ourselves during the good times so when the bad shit happens, we have the strength and reserve to handle it.
Notice I didn’t say if bad shit happens. I said when bad shit happens because bad shit happens to all of us.
Humans are visual creatures. We crave visual content. In fact, 90% of the time, the information sent to our brain is visual and our brains process these images 60,000 times faster than text. So what does this mean for us online entrepreneurs and business owners? It means that visual storytelling has become a powerful tool in connecting with our audience and communicating our message.
It’s impossible to keep up. Every day I see countless articles about life hacking and personal development. There are never-ending itemized lists that outline things I must do throughout the day in order to be a fully-functioning and successful human being. According to most of these posts, it seems that if I continually optimize myself, I will run like a machine – living life at five-hundred percent, one-hundred percent of the time.
Working long hours with ever-changing schedules and to-do lists can make it seem impossible to find time to get our sweat on – not because we don’t want to but because it just doesn’t feel that urgent. Unfortunately, when we fall into a pattern of neglecting our bodies, we notice a decline in our physical fitness, strength and wellbeing, which often adversely affects how we feel about ourselves, our creativity and even our business productivity. It’s all connected.
White space is not intended for self-care, planned fun, or family time. White space is the buffer that allows you to call a friend at the last minute to meet you for a walk or a glass of wine. It’s the time that allows you to say yes to a last-minute dinner invitation from your husband or to teach your kids to play kick the can. Here are five ways to create white space on your calendar.
Happiness belongs to those who claim it. Those who create it. Those who mold and shape it, and make it out of nothing. And attitude is everything.Yes, it all sounds cliche. But cliches become that because of some inherent truth in them. You want to create your destiny? You gotta do the work. Here are a few ideas on how to start.