looking after yourselfRunning a business is not the same as working for someone else, it’s so much more. And some of us also work for someone else while we build our business. Life can be nuts!

In all of this I have had to develop systems to ensure that I do get some peace. Life gets busy and while we strive for our dreams we can do so at the expense of our health and wellbeing. It is SO important to make sure you take time out for your own health and get some peace regularly. And no, this does not mean that sleeping is your only “peace” time. You need to do more for yourself.

I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead, but while I’m here I’m going to smash it!” While this attitude and energy can keep you going for a period of time, eventually you will burn out. The added benefit when we do take time out for ourself, is we come back to our business refreshed, and we will have access to a more creative and integrated brain, just what we need when we are running a business.

So, I’d like to share some of my tips in the hope that I can encourage you to take some time out for yourself.

Take a bath

Yes, run a warm bath, drop some essential oils in there, grab a cuppa or even a glass of wine, shut the door and relax! A great time to do this is after the kids go to sleep. I personally find this one of the most important things I do. It always helps me recalibrate, ready for the work ahead. And I always keep a notepad and pen by the bath on the off chance I get that “brilliant” idea!

Get a Massage

Take time out, spend some money and get a massage. For a truly indulgent experience invest in a massage at a day spa. My favourite is Endota as the atmosphere is so relaxing and I always come out floating on a cloud.

See a Kinesiologist

I find personally and so many times with my clients, that a kinesiologist can help you release all the accumulated stress and help you figure out what your priorities are. As each session is unique to you, no two sessions will be the same and it will be based on what YOUR needs are.

Meditation

A short meditation in the morning to start your day, or one in the evening to relax you is so beneficial. Yes, it can take time to learn the technique, but once you have it is such a wonderful experience. And when you calm your mind chatter you are able to listen to your higher guidance and get that inspiration. You can grab 3 free meditations here.

Healthy Boundaries

Create some time and space at home. Diarise the times you need to spend in your business and when you need time for yourself.

Saying no

I recently found myself saying yes to every opportunity that came my way. And while this appears to look great on Facebook I almost burned myself out. Make sure you really know what to say yes to. Will the opportunity really help your business? Or are you just trying to do everything for everyone because you think it’s the right thing to do.

Create a Self-Care Plan

Create a plan that allows you to see the different aspects of your life and how you can take time out for yourself in each area. It’s a bit like a reminder of what you need to do for you. You can grab my free E-Book here if you want more information.

So there are my favourite tips for creating peace in my busy life. I hope I have given you a few ideas that you can implement in your life :)

 


Find peace amongst the chaosCarolyn King, EmpowerKin

My name is Carolyn and I have been a practicing Kinesiologist for over 6 years. I am passionate about teaching others how to live a happy, authentic life using kinesiology and mindfulness techniques.

My website’s are www.empowerkin.com.au and empoweredhappiness.com

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How safe is your personal data in the digital world? In an era of online shopping, social media sharing and frequent internet browsing, it is a question that is vitally important to us. Research recently conducted by Choosi and CoreData found that 85.8% of Australians surveyed were concerned about online security and privacy. However, the number of people taking action to maintain their digital privacy was surprisingly low. Only just over half of respondents said they are always careful about posting personal information online that might be used for identity fraud, and a mere 22% always change their internet passwords.

These statistics are alarming, but are perhaps a reflection of how complex the issue of online security has become. It’s just so hard to keep on top of the latest threats and what we should be doing to protect ourselves against them. In the interest of making things easier, here are 7 simple online hacks to maintain your digital security.

1.      Be careful what you post

Nowadays, many of us choose to broadcast our lives across social media. We share our day to day movements, photos of our kids, and have the occasional vent. However, there are certain bits of information that we should never post online, because they can be used for identity fraud. These include our personal or work address, phone number, personal email (which is often used to access online accounts), financial information (including the name of banks at which your money is held), passwords and credit card details.

Further, you need to think carefully about details in the photos you share. A photo of your child in school uniform can reveal where they will be at school pickup time; a shot of you proudly standing in front of the ‘sold’ sign of the house you just bought may reveal your new residential address.

2.      Review your Facebook privacy settings

Have you ever clicked on the profile of a person you don’t know on Facebook, and been surprised just how many posts and photos you can access? If you share a lot of your life on Facebook, you need to check your privacy settings. Make sure only friends and family can see your ‘about’ information and photos, and don’t provide your phone number, email or home address in the about section or within any posts. Find out more about Facebook privacy here. And remember, if you access Facebook on a public computer, always log out at the end of the session.

3.      Don’t inadvertently reveal your home office address

Be careful when you list your home-based business online, as your address can generate a pin on Google Maps. Where possible, use a PO Box, your accountant’s office or generalised address like ‘Main St, Hawthorn’, and look for checkboxes that allow you to keep your address private. Also watch out for this information being automatically added to the bottom of your email newsletters by email services such as Mailchimp.

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4.      Purchase quality security software

According to the research conducted by Choosi and CoreData, only 46% of respondents always purchase and update their anti-virus software. If you are browsing the internet, you absolutely need to do this. In addition to virus protection, the software should also provide a firewall against outside networks trying to gain access to your computer. It also needs to identify phishing sites, which pretend to be bank sites, auction or online game sites, and that collect your username and password.

5.      Use secure passwords and change them frequently

The most secure passwords use a series of letters, numbers, capitalisations and punctuation – for example: Chrystal_clear#22.  Don’t choose a phrase relating to something important to you that can be guessed (such as a birthday or pet’s name), and of course, don’t use the same password across accounts, and don’t write them down. Now, that’s the official line. In reality, it’s impossible to remember all our different secure passwords when we need one for every online transaction and social media account. So, use password management software to store your passwords for you – you only then need to remember the ‘master’ password to access all others. Are password managers safe, I hear you ask? Apparently so.

6.      Delete your browsing history

Almost every time you visit a site, you download a small data file called a ‘cookie’ from that site, which tracks your internet usage. While this can be handy for you – your computer will remember where you’ve been and what you want to see – it can also be used by government or intelligence agencies to track your browsing and collect information about you. If that thought bothers you, then make a habit of deleting cookies and temporary internet files from your browser. And even if you don’t mind Big Brother watching you, at least delete your browser history whenever you use a public computer.  A tool such as CCleaner will do the job for you, or you can manually delete cookies directly from your web browser).

7.      The super sneaky stuff

Okay, that’s all the easy hacks sorted. There is still a lot more you can do to protect your digital privacy – such as using an internet browser that blocks cookies, or an email service provider that encrypts your data. It requires a little more reading to understand, and may be a step further than you are prepared to go (it’s a little like going off-piste in the ski fields). But here is an excellent article to explain the options and point you in the right direction if you want to go there.

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We have worked really hard to find a great range of unique and gorgeous gifts for the mum in your life and, best of all, they’re all supplied by amazing biz mums – so buying means you’ll make two mums happy!

Plus, there are interesting articles for mum to read and recipes for delicious brekkies to be served directly to bed.

See something you like? Click the ad and it will take you directly through to buy. Enjoy, Alli x

 

 

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