You eat your feelings.
But take comfort in the fact that you’re not the only one.
The longer the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and as we enter the holiday season, we get ever closer to entering a perfect storm of emotionally driven binge eating and mindless numbing.
Who doesn’t want another piece (or maybe the entire half) of leftover pecan pie after you’ve spent your day jumping between your kids online schooling and your busy Zoom meeting schedule, and you’re mentally exhausted?
Or you want to soothe away the anxiety of impending deadlines for big projects that you’re having a lot of difficulty focusing on with an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s. …
Having spent the last five years growing a consulting side gig into a thriving full time business working with practitioners in the health and wellness industries to brand and market themselves, I was a busy 34 year old entrepreneur and working mom, living with my husband and son in Calgary, Canada.
I had a lot to be proud of. In my first year full time I’d brought in over six figures in revenue and was easily on track to do the same in 2020.
I had big plans to scale, build a more effective sales funnel and hire a team to support me. …
At 34 years old I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused primarily by high blood pressure that was left untreated for too long.
Despite leading a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, and a diet of minimally processed food, unchecked stress and anxiety served as one of the primary causes.
It doesn’t matter who you talk to right now, but high levels of stress related to COVID, politics and the unknown future we’re all facing are common.
Everyone is struggling to keep up with work and life in the midst of increasing chaos and uncertainty.
Keeping this in mind, I had to make a plan that took into account my physical limitations, while running my six figure writing and consulting business, continue “co-homeschooling” my six-year-old son with my husband, and make time for the onslaught of medical appointments that were about to come my way. …
Working from home. Remote work.
“Sitting on the couch with a laptop and your cat while you write reports.”
Call it what you want, but for a lot of us, it’s going to be the new normal.
For those of us that are used to getting up every day and heading into the office, making a sudden shift to working from home can be overwhelming.
There are so many distractions and other things around the house to pull your attention away from your work.
It could be the laundry leftover from the weekend or the sudden need to fix a squeaky door that you’ve been putting off for months. …
Anxiety is something we all experience at one time or another, but with the coronavirus catching us all off guard, and changing the way we work and live, it’s only natural to feel uneasy, scared and anxious.
Anxiety is part of our brain’s innate flight or fight response and can be useful in some situations — but in excess, it can become a problem.
A big problem that can quickly take over your life.
With constant pressure to do more, produce more and be on and available 24/7, many of us deal with anxiety on a daily basis.
And now that we’re all trying to manage the reality of the coronavirus and what it means for our families, and future, anxiety is at an all-time high. …
If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’re likely familiar with the sense of dread that can wash over you when you make a sales call.
Whether it’s a cold call, a hot lead, or something in between, sales calls can cause a lot of anxiety. There can be a lot riding on the line for you and your business, and your result could spell disaster.
Some go so far as purposely planning to avoid sales calls and knowingly hurt their business growth because of this fear.
What I’ve learned as a small business owner is that sales calls are essential to moving towards your broader business goals and that they aren’t THAT bad. …
If you love to write as I do, my guess is that the dream of freelancing is incredibly enticing to you. The thought of picking your own clients, setting your own hours, and working in your pyjamas is enough to make you giddy with excitement.
One of the best parts of working as a freelancer is that you can skip your commute, focus your most productive time on work that makes you happy, and say goodbye to your boss.
These things are all big perks of choosing to work for yourself and pursuing your freelancing dream. …
A year ago one of my closest friends, we’ll call her June, was in the middle of launching her dream business — the opening a health and wellness center for new moms.
For as long as June and I have been friends she’s been driven by a passion to have a center where women could go to have all their mental and physical health needs met under one roof.
After her own struggle with postpartum depression, she had designed the center and its services based on what she wanted when she was in the middle of her illness.
Earlier that year she’d finally found a business partner, that we’ll call Nancy, who had the cash to invest in building out a leased storefront space. …
It’s so easy to get caught in the daily grind and lose track of time. The days blur into weeks, which turn into months, and before you know it you’ve started your holiday shopping for yet another year.
Some days it feels like you blink and you’re already headed back to bed, and others drag on with their mind-numbing monotony. Getting caught up in the day to day, trying to build a career, maintain a social life, and keep food on the table can be exhausting.
Regardless of what age you are or stage of life you find yourself in, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut that’s been worn deep by your daily routine. …
If you’re anything like me self-doubt is a plague that you’ve become friendly and familiar with. It has been a constant companion throughout my life, at times the feeling and perception being stronger than others.
My self-doubt comes deeply rooted in my upbringing where I dealt with constant negative messaging that failure wasn’t an option. Surprisingly though, the rationale behind that mindset isn’t what you might think.
A fear of failure and not being good enough at something were driven by the costs — both time and financial — of making an attempt. …