As a working mum juggling the demands of both motherhood and entrepreneurship, the concept of taking time away for myself used to feel like an elusive luxury. However, I've come to realise that prioritising self-care isn't just a nicety—it's a necessity for the well-being of my business and the happiness of my family.
In the hustle and bustle of managing a business and tending to the needs of my children, I sometimes find myself on the brink of burnout.
I believe, contrary to popular belief, that taking time away for self-care isn’t selfish; it is a crucial investment in my overall health and the sustainability of my roles.
In the relentless pursuit of success, it's easy to overlook the simple truth that if I'm not feeling full of energy and vitality, how can I expect to radiate that same energy to the ones I love? It's not about neglecting responsibilities; it's about ensuring that I am operating at my best, both physically and mentally, to meet the challenges of my daily life head-on.
Stepping back and embracing moments of self-care doesn't mean I'm shirking my responsibilities. Instead, it's a strategic move to fortify myself, enabling me to bring my A-game to every aspect of my life. Whether it's a quiet hour with a good book, a brisk walk in nature, or a rejuvenating yoga session, these moments of self-indulgence are my way of recharging and refocusing. Or in my case I was lucky enough to have a whole 24hrs all to myself last weekend. I took the decision to take myself off to a hotel which gave me time to catch up on work and also de-stress.
When I prioritise my well-being, the benefits ripple across all areas of my life. My business decisions become sharper, my interactions with my children become more meaningful, and I find a renewed sense of energy.
To all the fellow working mums out there, remember this: it's not selfish to put yourself first. In fact, it's an act of wisdom and compassion. By acknowledging our own needs and taking intentional breaks to recharge, we become better equipped to handle the beautiful chaos that is our lives.
So, here's to embracing the power of self-care—a catalyst for not only sustaining our businesses but also nurturing the relationships that matter most. After all, a well-nurtured mum is a force to be reckoned with, both in the workplace and the living room!