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Happy Valentine’s to You and Your Business

Traditionally Valentine’s Day is about relationship love, and I think our most important relationship is with ourselves. When we love and take care of ourselves, it shows up in a positive way in both our lives and our work. Here are some easy ways to incorporate some self-care into your week.

Start by using time-blocking and set aside 30 minutes each day for personal retreat time. You can use this time to read a non-business book, take a talk outside, have a cup of tea, look through a collection of old photos, do a yoga routine, get a massage, listen to some favorite music. Just select an activity that takes you away from your business and focuses on something you want to do. Yesterday I used my personal retreat time to enjoy a cup of tea and a mystery novel. I returned to my work refreshed. (Though I’ll admit, I always have a hard time putting down a good mystery!)

Once you have the daily personal retreat working, consider adding a day-long retreat when you completed that big project or are feeling overwhelmed from all the work you’ve had on your plate. You’ll feel refreshed and will face your work with a renewed focus. And, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Your retreat can be as simple as packing a picnic lunch and setting off for a walk in the woods with a good book and your sketch pad.

I know, you are thinking you don’t have time for even the small retreat on a daily basis. Give it a try for a week and see if it makes a difference. Taking care of yourself really does reap big rewards.

Here’s a quote I love about taking care of yourself:

Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball

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