This year, take time for joy.
It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the beautiful country we call home. But this year, it looks a little different.
As entrepreneurs, this year has tested you in ways you have never experienced, nor expected to, during the process of building or owning a business. Resilience, compassion, and willingness to learn has proven to be key in adapting and restructuring business models, organizations, supply chains, and sales processes.
This year, we can celebrate Canada Day by acknowledging how far we have come, how far we have to go, and how our persistence, compassion, and accountability can propel us into a brighter future.
This Canada Day, we encourage you to take some time for yourself, spend time with your family, and dedicate time for joy. Your mental health is not only an important factor to your physical and emotional health, but in your ability to support your team.
Here’s how you can take a mental break this Canada Day:
1. Moments of Calm:
Find your sense of balance and look for harmony in the world around you. Quiet your body and mind by eliminating endless thoughts and anything work-related. Once you enter this state, it allows you let go and clear your mind — when you come back to work, you will find a fresh state helpful in productivity, positivity, and creativity to problem solving.
2. Energize with Endorphins:
After taking care of your mind, find time to take care of your body. Release endorphins by giving yourself an outlet, this could be walking, cycling, running, or playing sports/activities with the family. Pick physical activities you enjoy and come back to work feeling refreshed and energized.
3. Try That Hobby:
What do you love doing? Is there an old hobby you stopped doing because of work or one you’re interested in picking up? Try it or pick it back up again! It’s easy as entrepreneurs to focus all of your energy on your business but taking time for yourself and trying new experiences is healthy for your business — and you.
4. Bonus — Back At Work:
Delegate and trust your employees. It is vital to understand that letting go and asking for help is okay. Delegation gives you more time focus on the business and empowers your team by showing you both trust and value their input and abilities. Before you can fully delegate, make sure things are transparent by explaining the importance of tasks/projects, what goal(s) they’re supporting, and what the expectations are. Check-in to see how things are progressing, how you can support, but allow your team to support the company goals and mission.
From all of us at CIAP, we wish you a very Happy Canada Day!