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What Does It Really Mean to Put Yourself First?

Feb 1, 2022

Give Yourself a Break!

Not in a self-absorbed, “I’m the Queen of the World” way, but thoughtfully, and with compassion. Mindful leaders (and, yes that includes YOU) know the benefit of breaks, boundaries, and balance. If you’re struggling with this, I can help.

I hear from so many clients that their normal is to push through fatigue, mindlessly eat lunch while answering emails, and then go home and numb out with Netflix, pinot, or cookie dough. Working long hours is rewarded in our culture. But is it working for YOU? Studies show that after 90 minutes of sustained attention or activity, our productivity actually starts decreasing.


Try this – set a timer for 30 minutes (or any number less than 90) and when it goes off:

  • Get up and move around
  • Go outside and feel the sun on your face
  • Feel your feet on the floor and take 5 deep breaths
  • Check in with your body – are you hungry? Thirsty?

Self-attention is not selfish. What could shift for you if you take time for a break?

Want a deep dive into truly coming home to yourself?

Schedule a discovery call with me now and if you know you are ready for a customized group program for women who want to stop struggling for balance and start savoring life. Sign up here for The Map To You.


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.”
~ Buddha

Life Coach Margot Burns, DenverAbout Margot Burns

Creator of Reclaim Yourself and the Enneagram Empowered Leader Programs

I’m a leadership coach with a passion for working with women leaders and their teams in industries including healthcare, finance, law, and non-profits. I transformed the way I was living, but I didn’t do it alone. In 2006 a gifted therapist introduced me to the Enneagram, meditation, and transformative work to quiet my critical mind. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-discovery, self-observation, and self-responsibility. It is the most effective personal growth and leadership tool I have come across in my 30 years of coaching and consulting.

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