post by Stephanie Nelson
We’re less than a week away from what’s being called the most important election of our lifetime. I don’t know about you, but this one has definitely taken a toll on me that feels heavier and harder than any I’ve experienced in my past. Self-care as an entrepreneur, and as a general citizen, has not just been necessary, it’s had to become a priority for me. Especially given what I do, some ideas just won’t work. I mean, I don’t know many social media managers who can avoid social media, and responding to clients getting bad reviews is part of what I’m paid to do, even when the review in question is for enforcing the local and state mask mandates. So here are a few of the self-care ideas I’ve employed during this political season to help me maintain an inkling of sanity.
- Mindless TV.
Reruns of shows I’ve seen every episode of 8 gajillion times. DVR’d reality shows. A series that got mixed reviews from friends, so I’m not sure I want to invest the time. All of these allow my brain to half focus, so I’m not stressing out if I miss something, but I’m also not focused on whatever political fight I could be getting embroiled in, knowing I’m not going to change any minds.
- My new acupressure pad.
Since massages have gone by the wayside for me due to social distancing recommendations, I HAD to find something to help with the knots in my body. Amazon to the rescue! This mat was roughly $20, and it’s been a lifesaver. I sit on it at times during my work day, and I lay on it while I’m watching some of that mindless TV at night. I’m not going to claim it’s as good as a regular massage, but it’s definitely helped. (Note: I was not paid in goods nor monetarily for this link/review.)
- Yin yoga.
A friend and yoga teacher whom I’ve practiced with for years offers an online Yin yoga class on Mondays at noon. I do my best to make it every week, and I can 100% tell when I don’t make it. It’s a good hour of stretching and working out some kinks…and not being on social media or the internet. (If you want the link, message me and I’ll get it over to you!)
- Bath time.
I ain’t gonna lie. Sometimes a good soak is just needed.
- Sleep time.
Especially right now, when it’s dark by 7:30, I’ve been hitting the sack earlier and earlier. The exhaustion is real – from work, from the pandemic, from the political fighting. Prioritizing sleep has become a necessity for me some days.
- Wine time.
Our neighbors have become our bubble. We’re all now working from home. We all have some sort of outdoor area that’s great for hanging out. So wine time with friends (safely) does my heart and soul and mind good.
I hope my fellow entrepreneurs out there find some good in this. And I’m open to hear what you’ve been doing to take care of yourself, too! If part of your self care is getting some things like SEO and social media management off your plate, feel free to give us a shout to see if we’re a good fit!Image by Venita Oberholster from Pixabay