As a corporate executive, you have little time for anything but work, even though you have the money to do anything you wanted or needed to. When you “pay yourself first”, you are really just doing what you need to, to take care of yourself, rather than living on leftovers. It doesn’t mean that you neglect your family, friends, or colleagues. It just means that self-care is your priority. In your busy life, how do you find the time to get it all done and still look after yourself?
1. Make a date with yourself each week.
Date night is not just for couples. We all need time to replenish in a way that suits us, so make a date with yourself. It might be a couple of hours, or a morning, afternoon, or even a full day. The key here is to make the date and keep it. You wouldn’t cancel on your best friend would you? So cancelling would mean that you are happy to live with the stress, and self-care is less important to you than the priorities of others. So, if you have to move it, that’s ok, but no cancelling. Make a list of 12 things you will do on your date and focus on one of those each week. Then make another list to focus on those. I am sure a beauty treatment will be at the top of your list!
2. Don’t over-schedule your time.
Having so much to do, that you need to run yourself ragged, is not taking care of yourself. It leaves you tired and stressed. When you over-schedule and sometimes “it” hits the fan, stress is the most likely outcome. Over-scheduling sits you deep in of your male energy, which is great when you need to get stuff done, but as the feminine women that you are, it’s not where you want to spend all your time. Scheduling 80 percent of your time, will leave you a little breathing space and time to move things around if anything goes wrong.
3. Get to bed early.
This can be difficult when you have dinners and after work catch up to do (we used to call our after work drinks, “attitude realignment sessions”). An early night does wonders for your energy levels and allows your body to repair and heal. You will wake up refreshed and feeling way more energetic. Plan on having two early nights a week.
4. Reward yourself.
When was the last time you bought yourself some flowers just because you’re awesome!? There doesn’t have to be a reason to buy flowers, although they will brighten your room, add some color to your home or office, bring a nice aroma into your space, and de-stress you, as they will decrease your cortisol levels and make you feel happier. But really, who needs an excuse?
5. Drink plenty of water.
Like the majority of the population, you are probably chronically dehydrated. When you are running from meeting to meeting all day, you might think that drinking water will slow you down. In reality, it will speed you up. When you are dehydrated, your body has to work twice as hard just to maintain a minimum energy level and keep stress under control. If coffee is your go-to drink, make sure that you have a glass of water before and after to balance out the dehydrating effects of the coffee.
6. Eat nourishing food.
When you are busy, it’s all too tempting to pick up a take-out meal and have it quickly when you get home. This is hurting you and stressing your body. Most take-out food is highly acid-forming in your body. If you must have take-out, pick up a salad to have with it, or pick up a green smoothie to replace one of your coffees throughout the day.