July 13, 2005

Top 10 Stability Builders
As a woman business owner in today's world, you are faced with many challenges that disrupt your stability and your life. In the past, I've let others set my schedule, I'd skip lunch, stay up late working on a project, then get up early to tackle another day. When it came to working out, I'd squeeze it in two or three times a week only after a lot of others things got done first. Soon, I realized how stressed I got when I didn't take care of myself. Now, my life is much different. I will tell you about my Top 10 Stability Builders.

First, let's take a look at some other challenges that you and I may face from time-to-time, just to name a few:
  • Fluctuations in the economy
  • Staffing issues
  • Long hours
  • Family commitments
  • Eating on the run
  • Can't sleep
  • Lack of energy
Does this sound like you? Do you often feel that your whole life is out of balance? I feel like that once in awhile. My experience has shown me that there are some things I have no control over and many, many other things I do. By putting myself first and setting healthy boundaries, I create the energy needed to handle the stresses in everyday life.

Here are my Top 10 Stability Builders:
  1. First, set aside time just for you
    At the start of the week, set aside 30 minutes or more daily to read, meditate, exercise, journal or simply create. Mark it on the calendar and don't give it away, it's time just for you.
  2. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner
    A nourishing meal is fuel for your brain and your other body systems. Plus, eating small meals throughout the day revs up your metabolism (especially breakfast).
  3. Manage your time better
    Prioritize your schedule daily and estimate how long it will take for you to perform each task. Be realistic, try not to over extend yourself.
  4. Get to bed on-time
    Stick to a regular schedule of getting to bed on time and getting up around the same time everyday. Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep for physical and psycological repair that happens between 10 PM and 6 AM.
  5. Drink plenty of water
    Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of pure, clean water to increase energy and help the body function properly (e.g. at least 75 oz. for a 150 lb. person). Sodas, coffee, tea and other beverages don't count.
  6. Get organized
    Being organized will help you save time and energy. Hire someone to help you get organized if you don't have the knack for it.
  7. Get up and get moving
    You were designed to move your body. Get out and dance, walk, run, lift weights, swim, bike or anything physical. The list is endless. Have some fun.
  8. Slow down when needed
    Just as physical activity is key to your quality of life and longevity, so is slowing down. Savor the moments of your day by sitting quietly, meditating, stretching or day dreaming.
  9. Take deep breaths
    Every breath you take in you take in life. Spend a few minutes throughout the day breathing deeply and you will be more relaxed and more centered.
  10. Appreciate yourself
    Build yourself up. Daily give yourself a thank you or a pat on the back for all you do, no matter how small. You deserve it.
Just as I build more stability in my life by using the Stability Builders, so can you.

Right now, can you think of just one Stability Builder that you are willing to adopt for the next three weeks? Choose one from the list above or come up with one of your own. I suggest picking something that you're inspired to do and that you've never tried. Make it part of you, make it yours. Give it a try.

To your life,
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach

Find out more about me and my services, visit my website at www.innergycoaching.com Register for the 10-Week Course Building Stability, in Fall 2005

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