52 Fridays – #44 A Little R&R Is Important When It Comes To Your Horsebiz


52 Fridays is a year-long series for equestrian professionals and equine business owners and managers, with marketing and public relations information, ideas, tips, & resources shared here each Friday throughout 2011.

While most of the content here involves DOING things, this week in the Potpourri section of 52 Fridays we look at the importance of taking time off to rejuvenate. It’s more important than you might think.

When you’re running a small (or large) business and equine activities, it seems there’s always something more to do. I grew up with the philosophy that ‘the animals are taken care of first, and then the humans,’ and that ethic continues to this day. If you’re the same, and you add in to that the never-ending to-do list, keeping up on social media, taking care of customers, and handling things that pop up all the time, your free time is both precious and limited. However, it’s still important to build in time to rest, relax, and even get away in order to come back with fresh perspectives for your horsebiz and marketing.

What are some good ways to get away from it all? Here’s a few, be sure to share your own ideas in the Comments below!

  • Short walks: I take a good, long walk every day; it helps me mull over problems I’m facing, connect with other people, and get out into Nature so I can appreciate it. I feel better after I’ve walked, too. Even when I travel I always build in at least some time to get out and move. Studies are now showing many of the health benefits of walking (including these from Mayo Clinic), and when you’re frustrated by a problem or challenge, getting out for at least a quick 15-minute jaunt can leave you physically and mentally refreshed and ready to dig back into your work.
  • Weekend (or longer!) getaways: Sometimes it’s good to get away from work, home, and all the obligations tugging at your hem. The 3-day getaway or long weekend has become what most people rely upon as an R&R escape; if that’s all you can manage, then do it! However, there are benefits to getting away for a longer period, in a completely new environment that stimulates your thinking and allows you to unplug and forget your cares, at least for a little while. This article from United Press International (UPI) about how costly ‘vacation deprivation’ can be points out that while the American work culture values people who put in MORE hours and work harder, studies are showing that the opposite is actually more beneficial, not only in terms of health and lifespan, but also in terms of creativity and work accomplishment.
  • Personal care: A spa visit can make an ideal personal care respite, but personal care can be as simple as a backrub or footrub from a loved one, a soak in an Epsom-filled bath after a physically-demanding day, or a workout at the gym or your local YMCA. The point is to think of these things as ‘musts’ and schedule them amongst your activities.
  • Have some fun: The health benefits of laughter are well-documented, so remember to have a little fun every day. I loved this Shel Silverstein poem titled The Nap Taker (not what you think!), and there’s a new Twitter chat from @OfficeHooky (#ohchat, Wednesdays at noon Central) that aims to build a community around the benefits of occasional hooky-playing.

Our lives today are often fast-paced and leave us little downtime, but by thinking ahead of ways to build in some self-care and time off, plus making it a priority, we’ll be healthier, happier, and better able to handle any horsebiz challenges coming our way!

Do you take naps or do other things to take time off? Leave your thoughts via the Comments link below. If you liked this article, you can easily tell others about it via Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, and even by email with the Share button below. Pssst, pass it along, and see you here next Friday for 52 Fridays #45!

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4 responses to “52 Fridays – #44 A Little R&R Is Important When It Comes To Your Horsebiz

  1. This struck such a chord with me Lisa, and you are spot on that managing time for R & R is vital. Unlike many businesses, horses demand constant attention, they’re not widgets that you can leave on the shelf over the weekend. And working for yourself, running your own business makes it easy to say “well, I really have to get this done, so I’ll just put my head down and keep working.” It’s vital to take some personal time, time for yourself, so you can go back at it refreshed. I often find that when I’ve taken a day or so off, I’m so anxious to get back to work.

    • Thanks, Dexter, for chiming in! It’s been a challenge for me the past year to do more R&R instead of less, but I’m finally seeing the payoff. Do you think Buck would say the same, about being rarin’ to go after a day off? And I imagine the horses are all happier with a rested human onboard instead of a stressed-out one! LK

  2. Sometimes you read an article and like it. Sometimes you love it. I loved this (and not because of the plug). Very well written and has me thinking about how much I need a break.

    • Thanks for reading and for your comment, Jay!

      Our hard-working American culture often keeps us going long after we’ve run out of gas, and I find it interesting that studies are now showing we’ve had it wrong all the time, that R&R actually helps us work better. Go figure. Thanks for checking in, appreciate it! LK

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