Whether you’re in lockdown at the moment or not, we’ve all had those days full of “Don’t Know’s”. It’s hard to focus, finish your sentences, and everything just feels a bit slow and fuzzy. Heck, you might even be feeling like that as you read this right now.
That’s why this week’s focus is on the power of honest conversations and self-care in business. Those are truly two of the most powerful, impactful things you can be doing right now to further your business, and you’ll see why on the newest episode of the PPMP Podcast.
I’m joined by Cate Schreck, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lightbulb Training Solutions.
Our conversation is really…well…a good old-fashioned conversation! This episode feels like you’re right in the room with us (or rooms since we’re chatting over Zoom, of course), so feel free to get comfy, grab your favourite snack, and have a laugh with us.
We cover our online shopping confessions, Netflix recommendations, staycation ideas, cold-water plunges (yes, literally plunging in cold water every morning), and my famous Frog Coffin Pancakes recipe (don’t knock it ‘til you try it).
Of course, though, there are some glowing business gems scattered throughout this episode. One of them being recognising the pure power of honest conversations and self-care in business.
Fatigue and “Don’t Know’s”
Ah, the dreaded F-word. Many of us who have experienced lockdown during this pandemic know all-too-well the impact of fatigue.
Cate hits the nail on the head with her description of many lives during COVID: “Sustaining this kind of Groundhog Day is the real tricky bit.”
In order to understand these blurry days, it’s important to be honest with each other. Nothing about our current lives is normal (well, we’re living in the new “Covid Normal”) and it can start feeling a bit like Groundhog Day.
Feeling tired isn’t a complaint about the situation. It’s simply a cold, hard fact that this level of fatigue is utterly draining.
Everyone has those days, and it’s okay to not be okay. This is our reality. Some days are full of “I don’t know what to do”, or, “I don’t know what’s going on.”
Cate reminds us in this episode that we’re all probably harder on ourselves than we should be. Perhaps write that down somewhere and stick it where you’ll see it: Don’t be so hard on yourself. Learn to forgive yourself.
Establishing Helpful Self-Care Routines
What does your daily routine look like? If you had to write it down, from the moment you get out of bed to the moment you get back in, what would it be?
I love my morning routines. Mornings are often the quietest and calmest part of my day. Watching the sunset is also one of the most relaxing parts of the day, so that’s definitely something to prioritise.
These special times can also be seen as an opportunity to catch up on that much-needed self-care.
Self-care is essential for every business owner. It gives us dedicated time to wind-down, recharge, and get in a comfortable headspace to take on the next day full of energy.
What is the most special time of day for you?
In the podcast, you’ll discover more about how the simplest things in our daily routines can often be the most impactful.
I’m a huge fan of staycations, and there’s a reason why I recommend them to every business owner and their team.
Sometimes staycations are our only R&R option…especially during this pandemic.
Things as simple as a backyard picnic, basking in the good weather, eating marshmallows around the bonfire, or having PJ-only days, can be considered as a staycation.
What’s more, staycations are another form of self-care. You’re taking the time to rest and recuperate without the need to travel somewhere.
A lot of people haven’t had time out of their businesses, because they can’t have a “proper” holiday. In the podcast, we discuss how holidays are often predetermined. You know, you’ve got to do some pre-holiday shopping, book the flights and hotels, pack the bags, and so on.
Those kinds of holidays may be quite a way away, so it’s important to consider what can be achieved by way of R&R on the home front.
It’s also that notion of having something to look forward to. Even if it’s as something as simple as having a warm, cosy bubble bath, those things can get us through the day and looking ahead to the next one.
Recharging Your Business Batteries
One of the biggest takeaways from this episode is the idea of recharging your business batteries.
In one simple, honest, unplanned conversation, Cate and I managed to recharge our batteries both in a professional and personal sense.
Your whole mood can change just from having a chat, and that’s the proof of the power of honest conversations and self-care in business.
As business owners, many of us can forget the other side of it all. There are many pieces to the puzzle, and taking care of ourselves makes up a big chunk of those pieces.
So, take a little time to relax and sit back – and I’m talking about relaxing both your body and mind. When was the last time you had a real good chat with someone? No planning, no scheduling, no dot-points, no expectations. Just a good ol’ honest chat.
Remember: Every battery needs recharging.
Listen to the full episode for all of Cate’s advice and honesty gems. From the importance of knowing when to reach out, to her thoughts on training her cat to make coffee, this is as honest and real as it gets.