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Tuesday
Oct102017

* 5 Stress-Reduction Strategies for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

According to the 2016 State of Women-owned Business Report, as of 2016, it is estimated that there are now 11.3 million (11,313,900) women-owned businesses in the United States. Women are now the majority owners of 38% of the country’s businesses, up from 29% in 2007. These are exciting statistics!

As women continue to gain a share of the business world, lifestyle management has become a concern. Fortunately, strategies for balanced living are becoming available.

In this article, guest writer Gloria Martinez, founder of Womenled.orgoffers valuable wisdom to business owners, entrepeneurs and every woman who works hard at their jobs. Her sage advice can help you to reduce stress, increase productivity and become healthier overall.  

5 Stress-Reduction Strategies for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs


Being a business owner or entrepeneur is inherently stressful. You’re likely already Type-A, overworked, and prone to keeping overly busy. Prioritizing stress reduction is key to ongoing success: if you’re unable to take care of yourself, the success of your business is at risk.

The trick to finding the right stress reduction approach for you is to experiment and practice. After all, when you know that over 90 percent of startups fail, that’s an extra big stressor on top of everything else.

Here are a few stress-reducing tactics to try and how to gauge if they work:

 1.       Earmark the first few minutes of the day just for you. Depending on your schedule, it might be five minutes or up to an hour. Regardless, avoid diving right into work and any screens—this includes your phone. Choose rituals and habits that get your morning started in a healthy, aware manner. Try warm lemon water immediately upon waking, which is a natural energy booster and oral hygiene trick. Indulge in a shower, get in your home lifting session, or treat yourself to your favorite news station while preparing a healthy breakfast. The first few moments upon waking are the easiest to make your own.

2.       Use working out as an energy booster. Have you ever been so tired after a morning full of meetings that the last thing you want to do is go to the gym for a 30-minute cardio session—but when you make yourself do it, you feel fabulous? Increasing your heart rate does more than optimize your physical fitness. It energizes you, makes you happier, and can set you up for a successful afternoon. It can also reduce your caffeine dependency. Exercise is the natural stress reducer.

3.       Try “legs up the wall” before bed. An inversion, where your heart is above your head, can help you get to sleep faster and sleep more soundly. Stress and poor sleep are strongly related, and having a relaxing bedtime ritual can help tell your body and mind that it’s time for bed. A legs up the wall inversion encourages sleepiness and gives your body that reverse blood flow it rarely enjoys.

4.       Practice full breathing. The majority of people don’t breathe fully, opting for shallow breaths instead. This weakens the lungs as well as the accessory breathing muscles (such as the scalenes) that we use with full breaths. Practice two-part breathing with equal counts inhaling and exhaling, completely filling and emptying the lungs each time. You can practice this anywhere, any time, and eventually it will become habit. Breath control can be a natural stress reducer while giving you the amount of oxygen you need to stay focused.

5.       Schedule mini breaks. Business owners are unlikely to remember to get up and walk around or stretch every hour, but it’s crucial for holistic health. You schedule appointments for everything else, so set pop-ups to remind yourself to get up and move. Just five minutes every hour, whether it’s a walk around the block or Pilates in your office, can help minimize stress and re-focus your attention.

Stress and depression have been linked to a myriad of diseases and illnesses, even addiction. It’s crucial to take the issue seriously. Falling ill, allowing your mental health to plummet, or not being your best self every day is a risk no business owner can take. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself first. If you don’t, it’s only a matter of time before you’re ill, not doing your best work, and your business, employees, and customers will suffer. It feels counterintuitive for many business owners to put themselves first, but it’s a habit and line of thought that can be learned.

Gloria created Womenled.org to spotlight women’s achievements. She loves sharing her business expertise and hopes to inspire other women to start their own businesses.

 

 

Saturday
Oct012016

* Self-Love and Relationships

 “I love everyone, and you’re next!”

The refrigerator magnet displaying these exuberant words describes the loving nature of its owner, my friend Lilly.  Lilly exudes an infectiously loving vibration toward everyone she meets. Her smiles, embraces, and energetic connections melt even the coldest of hearts, for they feel her sincere full-presence and compassion. Harmony reigns in Lilly’s friendships and marriage, for they’re built on a foundation of respect, appreciation and love – for her loved ones and herself.  

Such a strong expression of outward-flowing love comes from deep inner-love and high self-esteem. Lilly’s effusive love for others is a result of her exploration and appreciation of her own unique body, mind and soul. By honoring the truth of who she is, she can more clearly appreciate and respect the individual natures of others. In her interpersonal relationships, Lilly’s self-esteem is demonstrated with not just an open heart, but also with strong boundaries, honest communication and self-care. These enable her to cultivate and enjoy healthy relationships based on truth, mutual-respect and love.

If everyone possessed Lilly’s high self-esteem, harmony would reign in all relationships on the planet -  from intimate to political. Humanity would head toward another Renaissance and away from collapse.

Dr. Lori BuckleySelf-love and relationship is the topic that Dr. Lori Buckley and I recently discussed on her podcast show, Looking for Love.  Dr. Lori is a brilliant therapist who has helped hundreds of women and men navigate through their relationship challenges. She also believes that strong self-esteem as a necessity for a healthy relationships.  

In this show, we share ideas and exercises that help women enhance their self-love. Dr. Lori, who is down-to-earth and overflowing with positive energy, provides a psychological perspective, while I offer information from a spiritual and energetic angle. In this entertaining exchange of insights we hope to inspire and encourage women everywhere to develop a foundation of exuberant self-love, so that all relationships, and indeed, the entire planet, can become more loving.

You can hear this episode of the Looking for Love with Dr. Lori Buckley podcast on iTunes. Look for the “Self Love.” Episode.

To learn more about Dr. Lori Buckley and her work, go to DrLoriBuckley.com

 

Wednesday
Aug032016

** Loving Yourself Through Sexual Dysfunction

Men’s sexual malfunctions are no secret. Pharmaceutical drug companies spend millions of dollars every year to sell their E.D. drugs, making it clear that male sexual dysfunction is not a rare occurrence. Seldom do we hear about women’s sexual dysfunction, except perhaps in conversation with a girlfriend. Yet this frustrating ailment affects millions of American women of all ages, and is caused by stress, hormonal imbalances, and even not enough sex. While there is no magic pill that remedies low libido and painful sex in women (at this time, anyway), there are a great number of holistic treatments and practices that can.

The following infographic, Not Just a Man’s World: Sexual Dysfunction Among Women (and What to Do About it) from www.xsandos.net provides excellent information and solutions to your yoni woes. It explains the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction, why it occurs, and how to relieve the symptoms and restore your sexual health. Recommended remedies include quick fixes for immediate relief and long-term solutions for enduring yoni and sexual health. They are well-researched, effective and good for you. 

Taking responsibility for your love-making abilities is empowering, self-loving and good for your intimate relationship(s).

So if your yoni doesn’t cooperate in the bedroom, don’t give up. You can renew your youthful enthusiasm for sex. And you’ll love yourself for it!

Not Just a Man’s World Sexual Dysfunction Among Women