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Feeling overwhelmed and uninspired in your business? It’s important to take time out

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Recently, Dream & Do sat down with life coach Shannah Kennedy to pick her brain about staying emotionally healthy in the age of the entrepreneur, and the importance of balancing your personal and professional lives equally. Shannah has recently published a practical and beautifully designed book, The Life Plan, which offers tips and tricks for taking care of yourself, celebrating successes and uncovering your true purpose. 

1 in 6 Australian workers suffer from anxiety, stress, depression or insomnia, and many don’t have the skillset or the support at work to pause and take time out, in the name of self-preservation. Don’t fall into that trap! It’s so important to create some balance in your life so that you don’t burn out and then everything crumbles, including your business.

Shannah believes it should be a company’s imperative to invest in their staff’s wellbeing and life skills, through education and leadership. So even when you’re not the only member of the start-up one day, and you’re managing a team of kick-arse go-getters, remember to lead by example. 

“The biggest rule is not to have technology in the bedroom. Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock, from the $2 shop. Otherwise your phone plays on your subconscious; it opens the same part of your brain as gambling, and you don’t put a TAB machine next to a gambler when they’re asleep. I know people who’ve taken their phone out of the room and it’s changed their lives and their sleeping and anxiety. Don’t check your emails before breakfast, or the gym, or your morning walk. Get your morning started and then when you’re ready, go through your emails and deal with them quickly. Checking your phone before you start your day breeds low-level anxiety.”