BEE Your Possibilities Networking Newsletter
Yay! March is here. Spring is on it's way.
I know, I know! March can be a tricky month. Nice one day, cole and stormy the next as the season begins to change from being cold and snowing to beginning to warm up.
BEE Bits(information about bees)
Honey bees live in their hives all winter. They keep it warm by huddling in the centre of the hive and fanning their wings. Honey bees eat and work all winter long, keeping the hive clean and caring for the queen. You may occassionally see a honebee in the winter. When it is warm enough, some will leave the hive briefly to discard waste.
Bumble bees are different. At the end of the season, the last brood of bees produced will contain a number of queens. When mature, the queens mate, find a safe nesting place big enough for one and hibernate for the winter. They do not eat, nor do they work. During hibernation their metabolism slows dramatically. The other bumblebees do not live through the winter. In spring the queen will lay her eggs and create a new hhive.
Usually I will relate the information about bees to our networking. I have nothing today
February BEE Meeting
In our February meeting we looked at the importance of Self-Care and how it is the key to good health and well-being. This topic came up as a result of my holding a challenge to “Put Yourself First” online Mini Retreat to remind us that each and everyone of us is a Very Important Person, a V.I.P.
Self-Care For BEEs
When we talk about Self-Care for BEEs, remember that BEE stands for Building, Educating and Empowering you and your business. That is exactly why putting you on your to-do list is important. Self-Care builds your strength and energy. That energy allows you to educate others positively about your business. And it empowers you to do the things you need to do for you and for your business.
We learned that Self-Care has benefits for us and those for those we care about. Self-Care helps boost your immune system, and it improves your self-compassion so you are kinder to yourself. Self-Care helps you to discover who you are and what you want. And it actually gives you more, energy, patience, and compassion to others. And what can you BEE with that energy, patience, and compassion?
What Stops Self-Care?
What stops you from taking care of yourself is the conditioning from Historical needs of women to nurture children, home and community because the men had to hunt, explore and protect the women and children. This morphed into societal norms that were passed down to our grandmothers and mothers and, onto us. These needs and norms are what conditioned us to believe that others are more important than we are and our self-talk reminds us of that all the time.
Costs of not Caring for You
The costs include a negative affect on your mental health. From being able to multi-task like a pro, as your resources are depleted, you start to forget things. Do you find it difficult to read and understand what you are reading?
In addition to being stretched to your limits, fatigue magnifies sadness, anger, resentment. You can tell this is happening by listening to what you say to yourself.
Physical problems are created. Too busy to eat well = junk food diet. Too tired to exercise = even more tired plus weakened muscles, stiffness, pain, loss of balance, and more. You know what they are. The more tired you are, the more tired you get.
7 Pillars of Self-Care
Research for the mini retreat revealed lists from 5 to 30 ways to take care of you. I condensed it down to these 7 Pillars of Self-Care to share with you:
1. Knowledge and Literacy:
Learn what you can about how taking care of you benefits your family, your co-workers and your friends. You are a valuable part of all of their lives, and therefore it is important to put you on your to-do list.
2. Mental well-being and Self-Awareness:
Mental well-being has a lot to do with how you talk to yourself. And Self-Awareness is knowing what makes you happy, what do you need and want in your life. Give yourself permission to sit with you and ask “what do you want? What’s missing form your life? How can you put it into your life?
3. Physical Activity:
Activity may seem difficult to start, yet, I believe, we all know the value of movement in helping us feel strong and healthy. I know I need to move more – walk, swim, stretch and dance.
4. Healthy Eating:
What does that mean to you? What foods help you feel better in you body and in your mind?
5. Risk Avoidance:
This pillar is not telling you, “Don’t take risks” It is about lifestyle choices that decrease you chance of poor health. What do you think it means? Avoid smoking. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Use safety suggestions when using tools. Oh, and don’t text and drive! That’s the risk avoidance it’s talking about.
6. Good Hygiene:
I think good hygiene is important because when we are clean, we feel better. I like the example of my mother and grandmother. Whenever they made a doctor’s appointment because something was wrong, they’d worry about it and give their attention to it. Yet, day of the appointment, they’d bathe, wash their hair, put on their nice clothes and they’d feel better, to the point that when they got to the doctor, they had no complaints.
7. Rational use of Products and Services:
More is not always better – especially with medications, or vitamins, or even health foods. Read the labels. Follow the guidelines.
Think about this.
“People who cannot find time for recreation [Self-Care] are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”
– John Wanamaker
When I was busy leaving self-care off of my to-do list, I suffered migraines, stiff neck, fatigue, depression, and burnout. I would not wish that on anyone.
Realize that each one of you is a unique and very important person – one in a billion. For that reason alone, please Put Yourself First on your To Do list.
Monthly Business Buzz
At our BEE February’s meeting Brenda Toth buzzed about her business. Brenda shared with us the value and benefits of products available from the Melaleuca personal shopping program. This program provides healthier, environmentally friendly products that are actually cheaper than what we can buy locally. I highly recommend contacting Brenda for more information. Email her at BrendaSToth@gmail.com
One member shared her progress on her January challenge. She is making progress.
This month we talked about bringing more Self-Care into our lives - How to Put Yourself First on your To-Do list.
Walking, soaking in a hot bath, pacing yourself, and giving yourself permission to be you and take care of you.
We also discussed ways to stand in your power and included creating policies for what you will or won't do.
One of my policies is to wait 24 hours before making large purchases. Another is that I don't work on the weekends.
A key take away from February's BEE Your Possibilities is to "Do what you love" and another was give yourself permission to set boundaries that will let you take care of you.