Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself in Business and in Your Personal Life.

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  1. Learn to say no. This means that you have more time to do the things you really want to do.
  2. Laugh. Everyone knows the health benefits of laughter. It lowers stress and has been shown to improve your immune system. It’s also cheap and easy.
  3. Reduce overwhelm. Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to decide on your priorities. Set your schedule for the day. Write down your to-do list on paper, and tick it off as you complete each task. If it is down on paper, it isn’t overwhelming your brain.
  4. Stay positive. Adopt a “Can do” attitude. Focus on what you will do. Never say “I can’t do that.” Rather say, “I can’t do that yet,” or, “I’ll have to learn how to do that.”
  5. Delegate tasks. Don’t feel that you have to do everything yourself.
  6. Ask for what you need. From whomever you need it—your boss, your doctor, your partner, your mum. Let people know you need help. If you are someone who doesn’t like to ask for help, try to ask for help with at least one thing every day, no matter how small that may be.
  7. Do something physical. Stretch, walk, move every hour. Make time to walk on the beach or in a forest or in the botanical gardens. Breathe in nature. Take the dog for a walk.
  8. Get out of your familiar environment. Go out into the sunshine. Go out in public and be around others. You don’t have to engage, but maybe just sit in a coffee shop or on a bench at a museum and soak up the humanity around you. Or, if you’re feeling too saturated with contact, go home. Cancel plans and tend to the introverted parts of yourself.
  9. Focus on your health. Focus on the parts that might need improving—sleeping, eating, drinking plenty of water,
  10. Relax. Take down-time for yourself. Read, watch TV, see a movie, spend time with friends.

Bonus tip:

  1. Create something—paint, write, sew, crochet, knit, do woodwork, colour in, do some gardening, try your hand at things you used to enjoy.
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