When I used to hear the term "self-care," I would cringe. It always sounded lazy and too hippie-dippy for me. I was one of those type-A women who thought that if I wanted to get ahead in my career, I would have to work 24/7. I plowed through my 20s this way and even started off my 30s in a similar manner.
I wrote and published five books, started two companies, wrote two episodes of a popular TV show, wrote a documentary, started teaching yoga, and maintained several other jobs throughout all of this. I juggled everything at once and thought I could continue this way forever.
But as I aged and life circumstances taught me lessons I never knew I needed to learn, I realized that my “hard work, no play” attitude only stressed me out (and added an extra 20 pounds). So, I decided that it was time to re-examine my life.
Maybe there was something about self-care that I was missing. Maybe, if I wanted to truly succeed in life, I'd have to slow down and take a look at what I was doing. So, I did. And that's how I came up with these five tips on how to take care of yourself so that you can take care of business.