Editor’s note: This post was originally published in August of 2015, but due to the political climate and non-stop news cycle we’ve found ourselves in in 2018, I’ve updated this post.
A while back, I happened upon this list of things to do when you are feeling overwhelmed and want to give up. This document really spoke to me on many levels. In the past, I’ve struggled with being extremely hard on myself which has resulted in not taking care of myself. Self-care has become a big part of my adult life, and I'm often tweaking how I work to be better, kinder, and nicer to myself.
What I loved most about this list, was how this list addresses so much of what we all deal with, and it offers really simple ways to take care of yourself in times of darkness.
But what I loved most beyond that is that it encourages you to make your own list and expand on it. With this in mind it prompted me to really think about self-care online and how I can contribute my own list to help you when we're wasting time, clicking around aimlessly, or feeling discouraged and overwhelmed online.
It happens to everyone. I know this because feelings of overwhelm, inadequacies, and distraction are some of the constant threads I see and hear when I coach clients, and teach workshops about building a business online.
Currently, our political climate is nonstop shit show, and it can be incredibly hard to pull ourselves away from what’s going on in the world.
As a small business owner, getting derailed and distracted can have enormous consequences on our bottom line. And as progressive businesses, we need to save our energy to use it where it really matters when it comes time: organized protests, get out the vote measures, community activism, etc.
Focusing on what we need to get done in our business today and allotting time for action when it’s beneficial is imperative.
With these thoughts in mind and the above self-care PDF as a template and guide, I created a list to help you stay focused and take care of yourself.
Download the free printable here (there’s not email wall - you can download it immediately!), save it to your Drive or print it out and hang it somewhere as a reminder.
Remember, self care is an ongoing process - it never stops. Sometimes you’re killing it, other times you’re doing the bare minimum. It all matters. Above everything else, be kind to yourself.
Did I leave anything out? What would you add? I’d love to hear what you think.