Ready to fall in love with self-love while also getting down to mamapreneur business?
With the kiddos back to school, adorably bringing home various strains of bugs making their way up a nasal cavity near you, on top of the hot and cold fluctuating nature of Mother Nature , plus the significant transitions in our family life regular programming schedule, this time of year can offer a host of challenges to your health and stress levels.
And the timing usually sucks.
If your health succumbs (or if anyone’s in the family for that matter) there’s more at stake on the work at home mama front.
Like many us, maybe you’re just freshly back from a lengthy time off to more deeply embrace school’s out for summer holidays. Or your line of work has a tendency to quiet down to a whisper in this time frame (hello, coaching).
So to get unwell now, just as you’re getting your work flow back again, can really cramp your productive wahm style.
Want to know how to get to be an optimal autumnal equinox work from home fox?
Shake things up a bit with a quick check in with what’s going on with your self-care practices and where you should focus your ‘let’s take care of moi’ (said all Miss Piggy-style) efforts.
1. Energy is emotion. Emotion is energy
When my Doctor of Chinese Medicine first said this I thought she was just trying to sound more Asian than she actually is. But it’s true! The needles go in and sometimes they hurt like a mother fortune cookie.
Apparently, this means that there is some blockage located at the point of needle entry. At the beginning of this back to school, and mama back to work for reals, season, I was essentially a walking block of block.
The doctor advised me that instead of screaming like a five year old getting her toe nails trimmed to move the energy with my breath. And I love me anything that reminds me of contending with childbirth. To a certain extent.
So when you feel some energy, or emotion, creep up, try to notice, accept and breathe through it. And use it as a reminder tool or maybe a clue as to what might be a daily or weekly self-care practice to dive into more deeply this season.
For me, this translates into literally moving the feelings of worry, anxiety, sore back, with more dog walks, following his nose to the pathway systems we’re just getting to know in the the forest surrounding our new neighbourhood. Luxuriating in the calming effect nature seems to have on my nerves.
A step to take this further would be to readjust your work and break schedules around these subtle shifts and match up your tasks to this flow.
2. Take a day off
Feeling all nostalgic for highschool recently, I played hooky!
Last week, I dropped the kids off at school and deeked out to the hotsprings with one of my new best friends (yay, new awesome neighbours!).
Not only was my back thanking me profusely for the healing soak (and my tummy for the tacos and virgin margaritas later) but I came back super inspired from not thinking work, or kids needs, or how I wasn’t making super efficient use of my time for a whole work day.
This act of not doing anything other than heeding what my soul and body were craving (in that moment it was hot liquid, a long drive in this fall beauty and sunshine) was energetically equivalent to a weekend at an all-inclusive luxury spa. But it don’t take much for this Mama to feel like a diva.
Take a day off from the same old, same old and get re-inspired on how to treat yourself right once in a while. Then be sure to schedule in your winter day off three months from now once you come down from the bliss high.
3. Invest in a tune up.
If there’s any time of the year to make an investment in your health – this is it.
Take a moment right now and make those appointments you’ve been intending to do so for a while. Think of it as making that appointment to get your winter tires on.
Best be prepared now before the snowflakes hit the fan.
Make a list of your dream team: naturapath, acupuncture, massage, homeopath – whatever healing modality you have noticed in the past you have responded well to. Or maybe you’ve just simply been curious about. One appointment might be all it takes to find that inspiration, result or at least the peace of mind that you have someone to reach out to on a holistic level when you or your family’s health gets challenged this busy, snotty time of year.
These can get pricey for sure (especially once you consider the herbs, supplements or dietary shifts that are often recommended) but sometimes sliding scales are available or there are schools around that offer student practitioner rates.
4. Get some warmer SHOES on
Adjust your self-care practices to warm your soul up a bit. If you need a refresher on what this SHOES business is I’m talking about about - it’s a handy acronym I use to observe how I can turn my self-care needs up a notch ~ Sleep, H2O, Organic Living, Exercise and Stillness.
My tip for this shift in season in these colder climes? Add heat to everything!
And consider which of these five areas of self-loving are you really loving these days and which ones are you struggling to stay on top of?
Keep doing what’s working but the areas that are bit trickier, get the support from a professional if need be, do your own research on how to enhance this important area of your self-care regime and, to remember,
5. Baby steps, Mama.
Even just five minutes extra, a walk around the block between Pomodoro productivity outbursts, whipping up one really clean, in season meal a week, can make a whole micro business world of difference.
Have fun, sweet mama, with Fall-ing in love with self-love this season. You’re family, and your business, is going to love you back for it.