It’s so easy to make work my whole life. As a work from home full-time entrepreneur, I am basically always at the office. My cell phone is my work phone and my personal laptop is my work computer.
It can be hard to disconnect and just be a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter. I actually scheduled my mother into my calendar this week, so that we could have a nice talk!
As much as I love my work and my life, which is really a lot and I have never been happier, I can feel it becoming more stressful.
I have to step back. I have to remember that I am allowed to have a life outside of work. Clients CAN wait a bit for me to respond to their emails, even until the next business day, if needed.
I’m allowed to go run errands, or go shopping, or even knock off a bit early if I want. I can make time for the gym.
I have to continue to remind myself of all of this, because it is so easy to fall into being so busy that I have no time for myself.
I know it is important to have time to yourself. Time away from work, relaxing or doing something you enjoy that has nothing to do with calls, clients, and deadlines.
It is better for your brain and your overall health to step away and have time for YOU.
If you aren’t happy, mentally, emotionally, physically, then how can you give it your all in business and for others? If you can’t care for yourself, how can you care for anyone else?
I officially, wholeheartedly, unequivocally give you permission to take time just for you.
No kids, no spouse, no questions. Whether that is the gym, taking a walk, having a drink, reading a book, going bowling, whatever makes you happy and lets you completely turn off work.
Be healthy and be happy in all aspects, and your work can only benefit!
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Originally published at medium.com