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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.

 

 

Friday
Aug212015

* A Spiritual Experience is a Spiritual Experience 

I recently met someone who glowed with love, spirit and zest for life. He spoke about his many adventures of spiritual transformation, including sitting at the feet of his guru, a kundalini awakening, Tantric love-making rituals, and various consciousness practices. His out-of-body meanderings, paralyzing illuminations, and other phenomenal manifestations woke him up to the joyful person he is today.

I was captivated as I listened, and noticed small twinges of self-judgement as I compared my less-than phenomenal spiritual adventures to his. I’ve learned from many teachers, but haven’t been a guru’s devotee, and my epiphanies and realizations appeared less dramatically.

Thankfully, I do understand the signs of egoic self-judgement, and as it crept in, I slayed it with my inner sword. Of course my spiritual experiences were and are as real, significant and life-enriching as his, albeit less exotic. My awakenings and transformations have come through hikes in the wilderness, meditations, music, books, teachers, and listening to others.    

An epiphany or awakening is a matter of our ego recognizing our soul, and our soul merging with the Universe. In that moment of multidimensional expansion when soul and Universe connect, a secret of the Self and Universe is revealed. An answer is provided, a door is opened and information that enhances life’s journey is delivered. Life becomes much greater than body and ego, and instead becomes a meaningful gift through which the soul expands. Blissful feelings of infinite love, inner-peace and joy emerge. In an instant, we become a different person.

A Spiritual Awakening
In an outer- and inner-world of possibilities, the methods and forms of awakening are infinite and can occur when we consciously strive for it or spontaneously from out of nowhere. Meditation, prayer and gurus aren’t the only catalysts; a hard rock song, a sunset, a glance into a stranger’s eyes, a hug, even deep despair – any of these can spark a divine connection. Whether the feelings last a minute or several days, this flash will have a permanent effect on your outlook of life, and is a touchstone that you can return to again and again.

A Spiritual Awakening

Comparing your own spiritual development – or anything else, for that matter - to another’s is a dangerous path. No one’s journey is “better” than ours, and no form is more effective than another. Our individual paths are a unique as snowflakes, and like any road trip, can be dramatic or mellow, and can get you to the same destination of personal growth.

We can live a spiritual journey every minute of our lives, merely by remaining fully-present, observing our physical and spiritual worlds and listening to our own soul. And also by constantly appreciating ourselves, exactly as we are at every moment, and from striving to discover the deepest essences of ourselves and our place in the Universe.

The lessons here are to know that you are radiant enough, loving enough, spiritual enough. And that a spiritual experience is a spiritual experience, no matter what the form. Don’t compare yourself to others and their moments of insight, for yours are just as expansive and your personal journey is taking you where you need to go.

Saturday
Jan042014

* Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Besides love, beauty, sexiness, one of the greatest feelings a woman can experience is the sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s completing a painted masterpiece, delivering a well-executed professional project, or receiving a course certification, getting the job done and done well sparks euphoria, boosts the spirit and lifts self-esteem. Seeing what our own hands and minds have created can often render in us awe of ourselves and our capabilities.

While some may believe that achievement is a “masculine” quality, it’s very much woman’s nature to conceive, develop and birth our ideas and gifts in to the world. Our accomplishments are the tangible results of our soul’s expression and growth, and often reflect our purpose on the planet. Humanity would have never evolved if women had not pursued their inspirations and taken the steps to bring them to fruition. Women invented writing, plant cultivation, weaving and potter-making.  We managed temples (which in ancient times were also the business centers), discovered medicines and healing technologies, and created art and music. We were priestesses, warriors, teachers, laborers and queens. All of humanity benefited from the fulfilled dreams of these individuals.

You, too, can bring to life your dreams, especially if it is a calling from your heart and soul, and activated by your attention and energy. By accomplishing a dream, you fulfill an aspect of your purpose on the planet, and take a step closer to who you’re meant to be in this lifetime. And your ideas may possibly benefit the rest of the world.

One easy tool that stewards an idea into an accomplishment is goal-setting with a Plan of Action. A Plan of Action outlines each step to be taken to reach the ultimate goal. This tangible reference document helps you to keep your eyes on the prize and remain motivated until the day your dream is fulfilled.  Ticking off each step as it’s completed inspires a spirited mini-celebration, which radiates into the Universe and attracts the people and opportunities that help you reach the finish line.  

Writing a Plan of Action is simple and described in “CREATING YOUR PLAN OF ACTION,” an excerpt from Sexy, Spirited and Strong, Becoming a Positive Energy Woman. Download it here and get started today!! 

Let 2014 be a positive year of many accomplishments. May you fulfill all of your dreams and let your purpose on the planet become powerful and potent.

Love and Blissings!