"Self-care is easier said than done, and self-care routines are very easy to put off. I get it, but let's deal with it. We're going to be intentional, and that means we've got to be strategic. You know what you want to do, but the business and life keeps getting in the way. We're going to hack some of your existing routines. Let me share a quick example. Last year, we got to know an executive that worked remotely, and she had an average - an average - of 10 Zoom meetings a day. There was no time to work out. Her gym was next to the office, which was still closed. We got intentional, we got strategic, and we hacked an existing routine.
She picked two 30-minute meetings a day she could do with her camera off. She put in her earbuds, she grabbed the leash, hooked up her Labradoodle puppy and took the call for the meeting during a dog walk. She was able to do it once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and she got about 4,000 steps and with each walk. She went from 4,000 steps a day to over 12,000 steps a day.
She lost weight, she kept the puppy happy, and she was in a better frame of mind. She still misses the gym, but she's taking care of herself; she's caring for her pup and all she did was hack an existing routine, the routine of Zoom calls.
Listen, if we only had to worry about yourself, self-care would be easy. But you've got a boss, you've got employees, you've got family and friends, and they all depend - at some level - on you.
That's why it's easy to put yourself second, third, or even fourth in line. You've got to hack existing routines and this is just one small example. Start small. The hack I just shared was a small change that paid big dividends, but it took some thought and planning, and it took intention."
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