Take Time to Rejuvenate

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC
Photo by Rahul Jain Jo on Unsplash

The dog days of summer are upon us. The ongoing pandemic has limited our travel and social options. So, it’s easy to feel fatigued. It’s important to regularly take time for yourself, to make sure you don’t find yourself in the middle of dreaded burnout.

Self-care is essential, from mental to physical rejuvenation to ensure you have the strength and fortitude to carry on. Looking for ways to destress or unwind? Check out these five ways to rejuvenate through some local WEOC (Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center) associated businesses.

1. Relax and Recenter.

If you’re looking for a place of tranquility, peace, and community—look no further than Simply Yoga, owned by WEOC Coordinator Christa Smith. This safe, nurturing, and non-competitive space is geared toward alleviating feelings of fear, anxiety, and isolation making it the ideal spot to show up and recharge. For those who prefer to exercise at home, the yoga studio offers online classes.

2. Refresh.

A little personal style revitalization can do wonders for a renewed sense of confidence. Head to Terra Soto Salon for your hair care needs, whether it’s a simple cut, highlight, wax, or blowout.

3. Retail Therapy.

Visit Creative Women of the World  for the opportunity to help support and “equip women with entrepreneurial resources to develop sustainable businesses through the power of their own creativity.” Browse from a unique array of crafts, textiles, clothes, and jewelry made by empowered women working to build a better future for themselves and their community.

Love to find hidden gems that are unique to small businesses? Saving Grace Vintage Shop & Studio offers restyled and painted furniture as well as women’s accessories and gifts for little ones in your life. And, leading into our next topic, a way to tap into your creativity through painting workshops.

4. Tap into Your Creative.

Sometimes tapping into a new outlet for artistic expression can help inspire new ideas or bring out new connections. Get in touch with your creative side at Rhapsody Art Gallery and Studio. Stop by or shop online at this artist-owned gallery. View or purchase art for your space from their current exhibits, or sign up for music or art lessons. Do you know children’s art lessons are also available?

5. Connect.

When a deeper uplift is needed, it can be a breath of fresh air to feel part of a larger community. A great (and socially distanced) way to tap into the local community of amazing women is to listen to the Women Are Fort Wayne podcast. Focused on the struggles faced, and tools used to overcome obstacles, this informative platform celebrates the incredible women doing big things in our area. Check out the podcast episode titled Women are Coping with COVID-19 where host Stephanie Gottesman encourages you to pursue self care and brings information to light about dealing with the pandemic.

Seeking meaningful connections to a tribe or community of like-minded women? WEOC has several amazing programs, including Launch Women Business Builder, Master Minds, and mentoring.

The WBC (Women’s Business Center) EmPWR (Equity & Prosperity for Women Reimagining Their Businesses) Program is also launching cohort-based workshop series, like Innovation Moshpit™ and KARE for Your Customers Workshop Series (see TheNIIC.Org/our-events to register).

At the end of the day, when all your troubles are not exactly melting away, just remember: Relax, recharge, and reflect. Sometimes it’s okay to do nothing.” — Izey Victoria Odiase


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