In 2016 Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal clothing company, was named one of the world’s richest self-made women by Forbes. Later that same year she was bankrupt and burnt out from a self-confessed ‘always hustling’ work ethic. After her scorching, she set up a new business venture on a new foundation of self-care.
It seems that we humans are addicted to busy – today’s universal badge of honour. It takes overwhelm, burnout, exhaustion and breakdown before we notice the body and mind are ready to short circuit.
It’s possible to by-pass the short circuit with a few baby steps to help you BE in more of the seconds and minutes that make up the hours and days of your life:
- Take some deep breaths on the way up/down in the elevator
- Enjoy the sensory experience of the water/soap as you wash your hands in the bathroom
- Start/finish every email/text with a pause and breath
- Smell the coffee. No, really, smell it before you gulp it down. Then savour every sip.
- When someone speaks to you, notice that you’re probably already thinking what you’re going to say next, then press pause and just listen. Yes, you heard right. Just listen.
- Take yourself off for lunch and sit down and just eat like you mean it. Enjoy the flavours, textures, smells, sounds of the food as you eat. Put your phone away and focus on lunch.
Sophie Amoruso’s re-set is kinder to her and her business. A kinder way of BEING is as simple as following the rhythm of nature: channel autumn by letting go, releasing, taking stock of the harvest of experiences gathered over the year and reflecting on them. If you can schedule time out for yourself, there are places to go where you can knit your frayed edges together. Then you can centre your life around who and what matters most.
If you’re really ready to take your self-care seriously, to engage in practices and exercises that highlight your needs and desires, then give yourself the gift of a yoga and mindfulness retreat. I’m offering 10% discount when you book two Mindful Moon Retreats taking place this November and February, 2019.
You’ll find registration information here. I look forward to spending these days with you in November and February!