You won’t find much business coach training on the subject of rest. Many business coaches live as if the only path to success is through sustained, tireless effort. Hard work is undeniably essential, but so is rest. So if you aren’t finding time to relax, refuel, and rest up, you’re putting your business–and your all-around well-being–at risk.
None of us is superhuman. The more balanced you are in your work, rest, and play, the more successful you’ll be. If you deal with stress by pushing yourself, you’ll experience burnout, low productivity, reduced creativity, failed relationships, stress, and stress-related physical ailments. So go on vacation, take some time off, unwind, relax, and have some fun.
Here are some principles to remember when you find your motivation to rest up wavering:
- Everybody needs to recharge. Your ability to think and analyze deteriorates as your stress level increases. You have to remember that, as a business coach, your mind is your powerhouse. Give it the chance to recharge!
- Boost your physical and mental health. Studies show that stress and too much work can cause depression, heart disease, and stomach ulcers. Your money is better spent on good investments, not on medication or hospitalization.
- Improve your mood and attitude. Your main job as a business coach is to inspire and motivate. That’s almost impossible if you’re in a bad mood. Taking intentional rest helps you stay positive.
- Improve the quality of your relationships. Think about why you started your business in the first place. Odds are that it had something to do with improving the central relationships in your life. Time off from work is vital to healthy marriages, families, and business partnerships.
Finally, a word to the wise: when you take time to rest up, disconnect yourself. Email can wait. Social media will always be there when you return. Turn off your devices, unplug, and spend meaningful time with the people you love and the activities that refresh you.
When you take time to rest up, disconnect yourself. Email can wait. Social media will always be there when you return. Turn off your devices, unplug, and spend meaningful time with the people you love and the activities that refresh you.
Remember, you’re not only improving your productivity but your quality of life. Don’t just live to work. Work to live!
When you know you’re doing the right things, it’s easier to take the time you need to rest and recharge. If you feel overstressed and overworked, consider a FREE 30-day trial of our comprehensive business coaching system–and see if it can help you get a handle on improved work-life balance.