August 11, 2023

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Written by Mandy Balak

Incorporating Mini Energy Transitions and Breaks into Your Day as a Woman Entrepreneur will help you manage your energy and feel more engaged with your work.

As a multi-passionate women entrepreneur, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life. You’re probably juggling several titles and roles, responsible for dozens of people, and have an idea bank of things you’d like to bring to life, you know… on a rainy day.

Our ambition and drive can be both our greatest asset and our biggest downfall if we don’t take the time to manage our energy wisely.

And as the leader of your mission, if you do not prioritize your own energy first, you risk dropping all the balls…. your body will give out on you, your energy reserves will run dry and you’ll be operating from a place of urgent and important… aka resentment.

It’s pretty common for me on any given day that I’m facilitating groups through strategic thinking, teaching a program, coaching or leading a breathwork journey – juggling many hats in a day used to feel chaotic but now, I know how to pause, recalibrate and intentionally move into the next room.

If you’re feeling drained of energy, overwhelmed, or just stuck in a rut, there are quick and simple ways to fill your well and give yourself the break you deserve – incorporating mini energy transitions and breaks into your day.

What is an Energy Transition?

An energy transition is like a mini break that helps you re-balance your energy levels throughout the day. Short intentional opening and closing practices that only take a few moments and allow you to restore balance and move into the next room or put on the next hat with your full presence.

It’s important to acknowledge that these transitions can be very short and simple – they can simply be small moments of pause that help bring balance back into your day. An energy transition can look different for everyone, but some examples include taking a short walk around the block, drinking a cup of tea, burning an intense or ethically sourced sage, stretching for ten minutes, meditating for five minutes, or even just unplugging from tech and taking five deep breaths.

A few of my favourite 3-5 minute transitions include

5 deep breaths
Writing a few lines in my journal, how I am feeling right now is
Holding a warm tea in my hand focusing on my breathe
Burning sage or palo santo and stretching

I’ll do this between meetings or when I’m transitioning between a more masculine space into a feminine one… think presenting vs. leading a mentorship or coaching conversation

Meet Yourself Where You’re At

Start with the time you have. Whether that’s 5 minutes or 1hr, that’s a great place to begin.
The key is being aware of when you need a reset. As women entrepreneurs, we often get so caught up in our work that we forget to listen to our own bodies and minds.

Take note of how you feel throughout the day – are you starting to feel tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed?

Are you procrastinating? Have you hit a wall staring at the empty Google doc that is supposed to be full of amazing ideas by now?

These are all signs that it may be time for an energy reset.

Take your time back. Unapologetically take your space.

While these little 5-minute transitions — a few deep breaths between Zoom calls, a stretch before you need to present to a group or a walk around the block before delivering feedback, can make a big impact in helping you stay clear and focused. It’s also important to recognize when it’s time for a longer break – make sure to schedule time to integrate, have fun, play, and enjoy your life outside of work — time where you can step away from work completely and do something fun or relaxing. This will help keep your stress levels low while allowing enough time for relaxation.

Write yourself a permission slip, close your laptop, and fill your own cup.
Get out of your head, and into your body.
Move from executive function into a place of intention.

As a woman who is giving so much to others, prioritizing your own isn’t selfish, it’s quite the opposite, this actually helps you to give from a place of overflow. This is what it means to resource yourself from within. To tend to your energy and your needs.

Prioritize Yourself

It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself should always come first – no matter how much work needs to get done, there will always be more. We must be responsible for our own energy.

By incorporating mini energy transitions and breaks into your day as a woman entrepreneur, you will be able to maintain balance in both your personal and professional life while still achieving success in all areas of your life.

Open up your calendar and start blocking some space for yourself.

Add a lunch break to your calendar and go for a walk [ or eat an actual lunch ], automate a 10-minute buffer between Zoom meetings in your calendar settings, and give yourself a little space to breathe and fill your well.

Your business can only be as healthy as you are.

Prioritize your mental, emotional, and physical health so that you and your business can thrive.

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