Going into the holiday season, a busy time of the year where we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves. It can be hard to stay in good health as an entrepreneur. So this maybe a good time to do a quick self-assessment before going into 2016.
It’s important to take care of yourself, mind and body, now more than ever!
You run a business, but you also may have others who depend on your right? Family, friends, clients and loved ones.
Sometimes things occur with our health that we have no control over. But we can also be proactive in our approach to our health by taking steps to try and prevent anything bad health wise from occurring. Unlike working in the corporate world where we can rely on several others to pick up the slack, we are mainly responsible for carrying the workload. Sick days or injuries can be a critical blow to an entrepreneur’s business.
Here are things we can do as preventative measures so that we continue to keep doing what we love to do for years and years to come.
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How To Stay In Good Health As An Entrepreneur
I get it; you love what you do daily, so do I! But don’t love it so much that you so wrapped up in your work and you forget to feed yourself. And no I’m not talking just a snack, you must stop what you’re doing for meals.
We can’t forget, that our bodies depend on food for fuel. So make sure you stock your fridge with extra good healthy snacks.
Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water, staying hydrated is key to a healthy mind and body as water helps cleanse our system of toxins.
2. Breaks Are A Must
Does 1 hour quickly turn into 3 hours when you’re working on a project you’re really tuned in to what you’re doing?
Stop, don’t do this to yourself. You need to take breaks, if for nothing else but to just grab that snack I just talked about in the previous paragraph (ha, ha).
Some entrepreneurs find that the Pomodoro Method works best, working for working for 25-minute increments, then taking a quick 5-minute break and starting again. By using the Pomodoro Method, It will increase your productivity and boost your attention span.
3. Get Some Air
With the harsh Winter months ahead, taking a break and going somewhere can be hard.
If you have a balcony, front stoop or patio try to step out for a moment inhale some air. Being cooped up can not only be bad for your health it can also lead to depression.
Things like making sure you’re working in a well-lit area or sitting by a window can help too.
It’s so important that we keep moving and stay active, and I know what you’re saying, I don’t have time. Oh, but you do, so why not try these exercises at work or chair exercises if you just simply can’t get away from your desk at all.
Here is one to get you started from this recent article 5 Quick & Easy Ways You Can Exercise At Work.
4. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule For Balance
When you’re an entrepreneur time is important. Keeping a well-balanced work and life schedule should also be a priority. Work-life balance is something we all struggle with. We not only want to be diligent in our time working, but we also do not want to overwork ourselves. Keeping a schedule and being careful about our time, allows us to create a balance so that we don’t stress ourselves.
We all know that excessive stress can lead to some pretty devastating diseases like high blood pressure and hypertension, which we don’t want or need.
5. Get Dressed, Reward Yourself
You’ve been working hard, and that’s great! Why not try to reward yourself at the end of the day or the end of each week. The reward can be as simple as a hot spiced pumpkin latte from your favorite coffee shop or a nap.
Speaking of naps, are you getting your 8 hours of sleep nightly? Sleep is equally important as our diets and a part of a balanced lifestyle. We need 6-8 hours of sleep for our minds and bodies to stay sharp and prepare for the coming day. Sleep also helps fight off many different health issues.
On a daily, it’s also helpful to get up and to get dressed.Getting dressed can make you feel more productive and professional, instead of being in pajamas. In case you have to run out somewhere or meet someone you won’t have to get ready, you’ll already save time by being ready!
Maybe taking care of yourself need to be a goal you include for yourself for 2016.
Being an entrepreneur is all about balance, so here’s to your good health.