As a busy entrepreneur, I know how challenging it can sometimes be to do something for yourself without feeling guilty. We put off taking care of ourselves because we feel guilty. Well, friends, that is not healthy. Today, I am sharing a tips on how to treat yourself without feeling guilty.
I’ve talked about taking simple steps to a better you, but today we’re talking about how to treat yourself without feeling guilty. Many moms believe that if they’re focusing their attention on meeting their own needs, that means they must neglect their family in the process. That is not true! You need to take care of you in order to be able to take care of your loved ones!
Make An Appointment with Yourself
A simple as it sounds, it actually works! I schedule my morning running on my calendar just like I would a client meeting or school function. By building the time into my day, I am making myself a priority. Your appointment with yourself could be knitting, baking, or reading. Whatever recharges your batteries is what you need to be doing.
Add a Treat Yourself Category to Your Budget
When creating your family’s budget for the month, be sure to factor in a treat yourself category. Use this budget category only for your self-care needs. You aren’t allowed to spend this money on your children, your husband, or your pet. Think yoga class, cooking lesson, a book you’ve wanted to read, or premium coffee beans. Whatever it is, it must be a treat!
Hire a Helper
While I can get a bathroom clean in 10 minutes, I really prefer when someone else does it. Even though it takes only 10 minutes, I’d rather use those 10 minutes as a treat to myself. Maybe I’ll grab an inspiring book, a coffee cake muffin and sneak off in the corner. There is no shame in hiring a housekeeper to come clean your home, do your laundry, or whatever chore it is that you do not want to spend time doing. The key here is using that time to take care of you.
Take the Day Off
This is crazy talk, I know. As an entreprenuer, it’s difficult to convince ourselves to take the day off. But, it is an essential part of being successful. Treat yourself to a day off once a month. The guilt subsides and you feel recharged in the process. On my days off, I do not schedule anything. No haircuts or doctor visits. I usually don’t go to the grocery store either. A day off is a day off. When I take the day off, it is a treat. And I make certain it is a great day, too. Can’t take a whole day, try an afternoon twice a month!