Are you stealing from yourself and your clients by not being serious about your self-care?

You might be looking at that question wondering what on earth I’m talking about. How can I steal from myself?

You might be even more confused by the second part of the question. How can I be stealing from my clients if they are paying me?

Allow me to introduce (or for some of you – refresh your memory of) a yogic principle called asteya, and teach you how this can be applied to your business life. It’s less complicated than you think!

Asteya is a Sanskrit word that is translated as meaning “non-stealing”. It’s one of the 5 yamas, or ethical principles, of the 8 limbs of Yoga. You might not think asteya really has a place in your business life, but it does!

Think of it this way: every business transaction, whether it’s a healing session, a yoga class, or a reading, is also an energy transaction. And if you don’t bring your A-game to the table (or mat, or whatever – you get the picture), you’re not giving your client the best value for their time and money. And this, my friends, is a form of stealing.

You might be saying to yourself: Hang on a second there – are you accusing me of theft?!?!

The answer is actually yes, in a way…stick with me…

When we know we’re not operating at full capacity yet push ourselves to work with/for our clients, we’re essentially stealing. This is because our clients pay us trusting that we’re going above and beyond for them, giving their projects 100% of our time, attention, and energy in the moment. And when we’re not – the quality of work we provide suffers. And this means they aren’t getting their money’s worth. Which – you guessed it – is pretty much stealing.

"When we know we're not operating at full capacity, yet push ourselves to work anyways, we are stealing from our clients." - April Smith
“When we know we’re not operating at full capacity, yet push ourselves to work anyways, we are stealing from our clients.” – April Smith

You know who else we’re stealing from? Ourselves! When we’re running on fumes, just barely getting by, we’re stealing the energy from other areas of our lives. When we spend time with our families after a long day where we’ve pushed ourselves past our breaking points – our families suffer. We suffer because we’re tired, irritable, and aren’t really present for the people who mean the most to us. We also steal from ourselves by adding stress to our bodies and minds, which actually takes away more energy – which we’re already low on to begin with.

Now, this doesn’t mean I think we should only work when we feel fantabulous. This just isn’t practical, and I know it. What I think it means, is that we must do our best to monitor and replenish our energy each time we use it.

You don’t let your phone get completely drained, then keep trying to turn it on – do you?

This means recognizing your low energy before you burn out. Some things to look out for that are signs you’re headed for an energy crash are:

  • An unshakeable sense of overwhelm
  • Difficulty getting yourself out of bed in the morning
  • Trouble falling asleep at night
  • Lethargy
  • Moodiness
  • Loss of passion for things you once enjoyed
Your phone can't perform at it's best when it's out of juice - and neither can you!
Your phone can’t perform at it’s best when it’s out of juice – and neither can you!

If any of those scenarios sound familiar – don’t worry, it’s not too late to make a change! One of the easiest ways to start undoing that burn-out is to get serious about your self-care routine.

Self-care is about more than fancy bath salts, kombucha, and face masks (although if that works for you – go for it!). Self-care is anything you do that nourishes your mind/body/spirit and rejuvenates your energy so you can give the best of yourself to those you interact with.

There are a lot of myths around self-care – like it’s expensive, or that taking time out of your day to take care of yourself takes time away from your clients. I don’t believe either of these is true at all!

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Together, we’ll create a plan of action to get you from burnt-out to lit up with the passion and energy you need to serve the world like you were meant to do!

I hope this post has helped you think about the importance of self-care in a whole new way. If it has, and you loved it – share it with your friends! Then, come find me on social media and let me know!

Until next time,

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