I'm on the go from the moment I wake up to the moment I close my eyes at night. As soon as my alarm rings at 5:30 in the morning, I'm a blur of activity as I find the perfect outfit, heels, accessories and matching shade of lipstick. I'm jumping from room to room to make sure my kids are awake and ready to go. When I'm in the office, I'm replying to emails on my computer as I'm answering my office phone while returning a text. Between wiping my kids' noses, date nights with my husband, signing a $4 million listing and training my team at Nan and Company, it's common for the people around me to wonder how I keep myself together. How do I keep my energy, my motivation and my composure on even the busiest days?
Well I've got a secret, everyone, and yet it's not even really a secret at all: make time for yourself! It all starts with you. Making just a few small adjustments a week can really make all the difference, and I've found that implementing these two changes into my lifestyle have worked the best for me.
• Sweat It Out
The idea of adding the gym to your schedule may seem daunting at first. After a long day of work, the last thing you may want to do is exercise. But ladies and gentlemen, I promise this will work wonders! You don't even need a gym membership; find a nearby trail, walk your dog, play with your kids in the park. I find it important to focus on not just physical health, but mental and emotional health, as well. Spending time in the gym is a huge stress reliever for me. Science proves that during a good workout, your body releases endorphins, making you feel happier and energized. So many times I walk out feeling better than I did when I went in!
You'll love this one! Spend a few minutes relaxing your mind through meditation. Personally, I can't spend too long doing this because of my schedule, but you'd be surprised with how just a few minutes can help. Whether it's in the car or at your desk, sit up straight, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. This will allow you to recharge your brain and strengthen your productivity.
To all the working moms out there: you can do it. If you're anything like me, you love your family and you love your job. Taking some time for yourself doesn't mean you're neglecting your responsibilities; it means you understand that in order to conquer the world around you, you have to be the best you.