When you’re running a small business and you do most of the work yourself, it can be hard to take a breather. Mainly because you fear that things will go wrong if you do. Same goes when you’re a mum. Most of my clients are mums in business (as am I) and we face the double challenge. We feel guilt when we’re working because we’re not there for our kids, and when we’re with our kids we feel guilty because we’re not working on the business.
Don’t even start with me about the guilt I used to feel when I took time out for me.
Quite often, juggling these demands becomes overwhelming and burnout is imminent.Which then makes the situation worse because you then collapse in a messy heap on the floor or start smashing windows in a meltdowny rampage a la Britney Spears. Either way, you’re not productive, you’re an absolute terror to live with, you start questioning why you’re even in the game in the first place and worst case, you end up throwing in the towel and what you were afraid of happening in the first place comes to fruition.
I’ve seen it. It happens. A few times, I’ve even come close myself.
So, what do you do when you feel like you’re feeling overwhelmed?
You stop. Take a deep breath.
And have a break. To take care of yourself.
Whether it’s a walk around the block, a cup of tea or coffee (with a slice of cake of course) or *gasp* an hour long massage, do it. Self care is important in this journey of entrepreneurship. Stopping to take a break not only lets you catch your breath but also lets you reset the system that is you.
And if you’re still not convinced, think about this; when your laptop, phone or electronic device freezes, or isn’t working properly. What do you do? You turn it off for a couple of minutes then turn it back on again. When you do, you find that it’s back to it’s normal, glorious self.
So why not you?
Trust me, it’s ok to press reset. You’ll be all the better off for it and your business and children will have someone who brings their A-game to the table.