by Janice D. Byer, CCVA, MVA
Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services
Take me away!
sorry about that.. a bit of an inside joke. Or, was it? How many times a
day do you find yourself muttering those words to yourself.
may be aging myself here but I think that sentiment is felt by everyone,
at some point. As busy entrepreneurs, we need to “get away from it
all” in order to rejuvenate our bodies and our minds.
days, as home-based business owners, are filled with task after task,
project after project, both personal and business. And, if we don’t take
a little time to take a breather, we can end up burning ourselves out.
you choose to recharge your batteries is a personal choice. For myself, I
make sure to take ‘family time’. When 6 o’clock (at the latest)
rolls around, my computer goes into sleep mode and my brain officially
switches to “life” mode. I don’t know what it is but, just the
thought of relaxing (even if it is mixed with a few household chores) has
a calming effect on me. It’s kind of like a winding down feeling.
are many other ways to help you calm your nerves and take a break:
back to nature.
around in your garden can make you feel very relaxed. Sure, pulling weeds
and watering your plants may seem like hard work but the rewards from your
efforts have a calming effect. Watching your plants blossom and flourish
is a wonderful site.
up with a good book.
you have put the kids to bed, find a quiet place and open up a favorite
book or that book you have always wanted to read. Winding down this way
may go a little far and you may fall asleep. But, if that does happen, who
cares? And just imagine what it will do for you.
to the movies.
why not bring the movies to you? You local video store has all the latest
releases and most of the classics. Grab a healthy snack, curl up on the
couch and pop the movie or DVD in. Again, if you fall asleep… so be it.
Just pop that movie back in later, when you are more awake.
down to a special meal.
our busy lives, our schedules can sometimes cross paths and we may not
have time to eat meals together. But, we need to! So, whether you want a
romantic meal with your partner or a family meal without the TV turned on,
be sure to mark it on everyone’s calendar and then just sit and enjoy
each other’s company.
again, it is important to take yourself completely out of the
entrepreneurial setting. That means that you need to get away from home…
the place where your office may reside. Whether it is a day out with the
family, a weekend away at the cottage, or a week or two on a sunny beach,
every little bit of R&R can have a rejuvenating effect.
your troubles away.
of the most relaxing feelings there is! There is nothing like a long soak
in a warm tub or whirlpool. Even a sauna or hot shower can do wonders to
relieve the tension.
up a hobby or exercise.
you always wanted to build birdhouses? Or, how about joining a gym? Why
not start now? It may be helpful to start off slow so, don’t choose
something that requires following a schedule. Eventually you can move on
to taking classes or joining a sports team. Hobbies and sports can help to
get your mind off of any worries you may have.
sitting down in a quiet spot to write an article, like this one, can help
ease frayed nerves.
no matter how you choose to relax, please remember that you are entitled
to some time to just put your feet up, at least for a little while. Taking
a break can help you to relax and perhaps get a new perspective on things.