The Courage of Self Care
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Corporate or organizational life is a bit crazy to say the least isn’t it?
Even though companies spend millions on health benefits they often can become toxic environments where stress runs high and people are often rewarded for bad behavior like being obnoxious, and even abusive.
If their numbers are good, they get promoted and rewarded with bonuses and nice offices.
I’ve always told people who lose their jobs or who voluntarily leave a position that they need to go through a detox period. They laugh and ignore me. And as much as I know that to be true I ignored myself.
Think about the places you worked for a minute. Was working impossibly long hours a badge of honor?
I worked for a company that wanted me to take a new job and travel 100% of the time. They were shocked that I turned the job down.
But the life of an entrepreneur is incredibly stressful too, isn’t it?
So much to learn, so much to do, and then there’s getting clients, getting paid on time, and managing your money.
We started our businesses because we wanted freedom, balance, and of course the chance to earn an unlimited income.
That’s the dream we bought. But most of us would have to confess we have a very hard job with the most demanding boss in the world.
We work crazy long hours and neglect our physical and even our emotional and mental health.
That my friends is a recipe for disaster.
We tell ourselves those are the sacrifices we make. We work harder than others do so we can live like others don’t.
The impact of stress has been well documented. It leads to a host of health problems that can negatively impact our quality of life and can even lead to an early death.
Combine stress with sacrifices we make – skipping meals, too little sleep, eating poor quality food, not exercising.
I don’t know about you but I neglect myself a lot and I know there’s a level of stress that’s exciting but there’s that level of stress that’s unhealthy and even toxic.
Then there’s this issue of faking it til you make it, right? We feel as though we need to pretend that everything is fine because we believe in the power of our minds and thoughts. But the brain is smart enough to figure out you’re saying one thing and doing another.
So when I met today’s guest, I knew I had to have her on the show to talk about the issue of entrepreneurial self-care.
Brodie Welch is a licensed acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon where she has been treating patients since 2003.
In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie shares her expertise to help caring, conscious women take care of themselves through innovative learn-from-anywhere courses and coaching programs on stress management, digestive health, the body-mind connection, moving meditation, and Chinese medicine. She’s the creator and host of the podcast, A Healthy Curiosity. The show explores what it takes to be well in a busy world.
Listen in as Brodie explains:
- Why self-care is a courageous act for every entrepreneur
- What she calls the empty calories or snacks of self-care that really aren’t fulfilling us nor are they nurturing us
- What exactly are yin and yang and how both concepts are critical especially in self-care
- How our ego trips us up and actually prevents us from practicing good self care
- How your good self-care actually benefits others
As always listen in all the way to the end where I’ll share your cocktail exercise and action step for this episode.
Guest Contact Information
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• Brodie’s website
• Brodie’s Podcast, A Healthy Curiosity, on her website
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Terms Used in This Episode That Might Be New to You
Yin and Yang
Research You Might Be Interested In
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