When is it Ok to take time off?
Since the pandemic really hit the UK in March, my yoga teaching has taken a whole new turn.
I now do a lot of teaching online.
This is great as it offers itself to so many new possibilities.
I have spent months creating digital courses for my clients, teaching LIVES, adding social media content as I am now able to teach a wider audience and it has also meant that I could continue teaching whilst on holiday.
But is this really a good thing?
I have found myself - considering a half term break - working!!
This would have been a first class NO NO last year - but now I feel guilty if I take time off!!
I am thinking all the time that I should be working!! Because I can!!
ludicrous I know!
So how do we find the balance between being productive in business & service - and taking time for the family.
My favourite phrase is 'if you are not Ok, they are not ok'. - basically self care is providing for your family because when you are healthy, awake, enlivened and happy - you can be the best version of yourself for your freinds and family.
However I have taken it on myself to launch my first online yoga community (The Jo Yoga Shala - read more about it here) the week after half term. So there is going to be some work!
It takes planning - this is something that I am brilliant at - and I love to do it.
I sit with my timetable and plan my week in a very detailed way - and to be honest, when running and online business as well as teaching face to face, mostly in schools which takes up full days at a time, I have to be organised.
And so I ensure that I schedule in time off too!
It is just as important as those full on productive days - a day on the couch with a fab Netflix boxset, to me is equally as productive.
I find taking time off, now that work is more accessible a harder discipline.
As with everything - it takes work!
Commitment - I am committed to taking time off.
Ensure you take time for yourself too.