A few months back, I was invited along with 10 other "lone workers" from different sectors and businesses, to come together to share our stories and challenges, about what it's really like to work on your own. Brought together by the folk at AXA PPP Healthcare and IPSE, we were exploring how lone working can impact our mental health or wellness – the research will be coming out soon.
I loved getting to share my story and talk about a subject close to my heart – wellness in the workplace, and the wellness of entrepreneurs.
Those of you who've been following my blog since I had www.mariemilligan.com (now archived!), know I talked a lot about this idea of "The Healthy Entrepreneur". I even contributed to Richie Manu's fab chapter called You: Optimised in Rebranded. I also talked about drafting "The Healthy Entrepreneur" eBook, though that is evolving into the Wild Women Do playbook (more on that, to come!).
Over the 10 years of coaching and teaching so many hugely talented creative, startups and entrepreneurs, it's blown me away how many don't realise how important our health is to our business.
Clients would share how often they'd give everything to their clients, work 16 hours 7 days a week, and were wondering why they were so exhausted, overwhelmed, "not able to get everything done this week"....sound familiar?
It's simple, that if you don't nourish yourself first, how are you supposed to nourish, or take good care of anything or anyone else?
Your body engine needs self-care and self-maintenance, to produce all the fuel energy you need to do everything you set your heart and mind out to do.
My role as a Holistic Business Coach and Writer, is to ensure my clients are nourishing themselves first, before their business, as they can then go and influence and serve on a greater, global level, when they do.
I now ensure creative, business and wellness development are seen as the 3 essentials for any business or career success.
When I work with women entrepreneurs, we always ensure there's a self-care plan on the go alongside or included within their business plan.
So, if you're sitting there thinking – "that sounds like me", "I'm burnt-out", "I feel exhausted", "I haven't the energy to do what I need to do"...but you also hear yourself thinking, "I know what I need to do, but don't do it", or "I even help other people with their wellness, but am not taking care of mine", then please, do this for me. (If I asked you to "do it for yourself", you probably wouldn't – or at least, not yet!)
Try to focus on these 5 simple, and key things in the next week to help you get your wellness in the workplace back on track:
- Focus on sleep. Our bodies need uninterrupted sleep. Without it, we'll feel moody, cloudy-headed and sluggish. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep per day. Put away the devices by 9pm (no screens before bed). Cool and calm sleeping environment. Ear-plugs if you need them. I love Natasha Kerry Yoga's 10-minute audio Sleep Method.
- Focus on a simple diet. Hydrate every 2 hours with water. Reduce caffeine to 1 cup per day of good coffee (or decaf if you can). Eat 3 good meals a day made up of a fat, a protein, and greens. Don't snack, if you can help it. I love Amelia Freer's Eat, Nourish, Glow (you can see my Instagram for proof it works).
- Focus on clearing your mind. Dump out any ideas or thoughts that are cluttering up head-space, to make room for creative thinking and calm clarity. 10-minutes of meditation per day is a miracle. Book a Clarity Call with me, if you want help with this.
- Focus on nature and fresh air. The more you are outdoors, soaking up Vitamin D (with sunscreen on if you're likely to burn), seeing greenery, wild animals or plants, the more calm your mind is going to feel. I've lived on a canalboat for 2 years in Little Venice. Again, go take a look at my Instagram, to see what living closer to nature and running a business from the water is like, an example of 'wellness at work'.
- Focus on moving your body with other people around you. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and it can help you feel less isolated too! Add in passionate wild sex with someone you love or trust, dancing to music, yoga in beautiful places (like Marrakech – we've got a retreat coming up there this Fall), brisk walking, swimming or whatever else you enjoy will work wonders. I love all of these!
Continue this for a total of 28 days to translate them into healthy habits.
There are so many more ways I help my clients get their mojo back in business – easy coaching tools and simpler systems that take the strain away, and bring in more energy and joy. If you'd like to know more about how that's possible for you my lovely, email me today.