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A head full of stuff

by Catherine Asta Labbett

Running your own business can feel ALL consuming a lot of the time.

You constantly have a head full of stuff. And what happens when you just keep on filling it with more and more stuff? It reaches capacity – sometimes breaking point, and something has to give.

Your success should not be at the expense of your own health and mental well-being.

One of the tell tale signs of head stuff overload is the inability to focus, and the inability to fall asleep, or stay asleep.

In 2018, we surveyed 100’s of women as part of our research into the effects of stress, and 6 out of 10 of the women we surveyed said that it’s something they struggle with getting enough of.

Laying awake in bed with a head full of stuff swirling around like a fully loaded washing machine on an extra spin cycle is not a recipe for a good nights sleep; and sleep is an entrepreneurs secret weapon.

Sleep deprivation literally sucks the sparkle out of you.

Sleep is the magical stuff that helps your mind to reset and re-calibrate. It fuels your decision making and your ability to problem solve and function – it literally bathes your brain in serotonin. When we prioritise our health and well-being, we are high-fiving ourselves and laying the foundations for sustainable and restorative rest.

Running on empty is a one way street to burnout.

As the CEO of two businesses (and a self confessed BIG thinker), a mum to a blended family of 4, a husband (with his own full-time demanding job), a home (and thankfully no pets to add into the mix) there’s a lot of stuff going on in my head, and you can normally find me head down in my iPad running my two businesses from whichever location I happen to be at – home, clinic, office, car, kitchen table, cafe, train.

And there’s a lot of stuff going on in my husbands head too.

Not only does he have his 9-5, he has the additional task of managing our blended family time, co-parenting, maintaining some sort of social life (in between 4 children and a wife who works 24/7) and he shares the household load on equal terms – I have no idea where I found him, but he is my champion. And I don’t need a man in my life – I need a champion (my favourite quote from the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’).

The single most effective thing I’ve found that works for me to get all of the stuff out of my head is the Zelo Journal.

I was sent this as a gift late 2018 by Michael, the founder, who launched his kickstarter in December 2018 after we’d connected on the Natwest Entrepreneur Programme. Zelo has since received worldwide press coverage in the likes of Forbes magazine and is now available to buy.

My Zelo Journal has become part of my daily routine. It’s a stunning journal in an all-black finish,with a minimal design and a high end finish – plus it has a real scandi feel to it (I LOVE anything scandi inspired).

And in the digital world in which we are now all consumers of, there’s something really special about putting pen to paper and capturing your plans, ambitions and goals and all the stuff in your head into something you can hold and carry around with you.

It’s not just me who has fallen in love with this journal – Mr Girl Tribe Gang has too.

We thought this would make a brilliant Fathers Day gift for the champion in your life too, replacing the normal mugs, socks and sweets – or you could just buy it for yourself.

We’ve partnered with Zelo to offer our members an exclusive offer. If you’re a Girl Tribe Gang Member we have an exclusive 30% discount on the journal plus free shipping. Head to the members club area on the website to access the discount code.

We’ve also got one of these to give away for FREE for one lucky winner. Head to our Facebook page on 3rd June to enter.

Click here  for more information about the Zelo Journal.

[AD-GIFT] Girl Tribe Gang received a Zelo Journal free of charge. All views are our own. 

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