Self care is very important & necessary in living a life that is productive & healthy. As a cake designer, you often have to deal with working late nights, working on your feet most of the day, pressures from clients, sleep deprivation etc. All these can leave you stressed, depressed & anxious which can affect your productivity, creativity & decision making. If you want to know my simple but effective self care tips for cake decorators, then read on.
In today’s society, we tend to celebrate the “hustle” & cheer on those who don’t have the time to relax or even sleep because they are too busy building their empires. This is so unhealthy & it creates an expectation that other upcoming entrepreneurs simply cannot meet. This results in stress, burn outs, anxiety, poor mental & physical health.
WHAT IS SELF CARE & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Self care is any activity that you can do voluntarily which helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. Self care helps you relax, recharge, leaves you feeling healthy & ready to take on all your tasks & responsibilities. Creating time to relax & pamper yourself helps:
REDUCE STRESS & ANXIETY LEVELS:
As a cake decorator, stress is going to play a role in your life & if not managed properly, can have major consequences. Self care works to activate the body’s relaxation response, reducing cortisol & Adrenalin levels in your body which reduces stress.
ALLOWS YOU RECHARGE & IMPROVES CREATIVITY:
Stress, exhaustion & fatigue can reduce creativity & productivity. Having a healthy body & a calm mind equals to more energy which allows for more creativity.
IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH:
Stress is one of the biggest contributions to mental health problems so taking time to relax & pamper yourself is vital.
GREAT FOR THE SKIN:
Some activities of self care like getting a massage or a facial can greatly improve the look & feel of your skin thereby leaving you feeling confident. Who doesn’t want to run the world in great skin? I sure do.
HOW CAN I ADD MORE SELF CARE TO MY ROUTINE?
CREATE THE TIME FOR IT
Let’s face it, it can be a little difficult taking out time to relax & pamper yourself especially when running a business involves you working on the weekends but when you create a schedule for it, it will be easier to complete. I make sure I do my facials, pedicure & deep skin treatment at the end of every month. I look forward to that time to relaxation & rejuvenation.
The simple act of taking a hot bath at the end of the day or even soaking your feet in warm water leaves you feeling relaxed. Try adding some essential oils to the warm water for an aromatic feet therapy.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO INDULGE IN SELF CARE AT HOME
- Taking a warm relaxing bath at the end of the day
- Drinking a cup of green tea to detox while reading a book
- Detoxing with a cup of warm turmeric & cinnamon tea at the end of the day
- 30 minutes brisk walk in the evening
- Meditating on God’s promises to you
- Taking a nap during the day
- Spa treatment at home with inexpensive organic products
- Date night your hubby/wifey at the end of the week etc.
INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO INDULGE IN SELF CARE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
- Getting a massage
- Having a spa date with friends or your hubby/wifey
- Going for a facial treatment
- Treating yourself to a manicure/pedicure
- Getting your hair done
- Going out to watch a movie at the end of the week etc.
I hope that this will help you incorporate some self care into your weekly/monthly routine. Remember: You are no use to your business when you are tired & exhausted.
A healthy you = A healthy, more creative cake business.
Prioritize yourself & reap the benefits.