How to take care of yourself mentally and physically as a business owner
As a business owner, you’re faced with constant pressures on your time. You’ll be faced with new problems as they arise, which means that keeping a regular schedule is nigh-on impossible. The demands of your business can run you down, if you’re not careful. Keep these tips in mind, and have your body run as well as your business.
Eat right, eat smart
The rush of the day can make it easy to resort to fast and unhealthy foods. While it might seem the better choice to allow you to fit more into the day, relying on fast foods has long-term consequences on your health. Resist snacking, and take time to prepare fresh and nutritious foods. You’ll notice the benefits: eating more healthily will keep you looking and feeling better.
Begin your day with exercise
Daily exercise is a critical component of staying healthy, but, for the business owner, its importance can seem to diminish as the day goes on and tiredness sets in. 30 minutes of exercise a day will produce myriad valuable effects, including improved concentration and reduced fatigue. Get your exercise in first thing in the morning, and reap the many benefits: the New York Times reports that exercise is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.
In times of high-pressure, intrusive and negative thoughts can distract you from what needs to get done in order to succeed. Meditating is the process of clearing your mind of thoughts, reflecting on the present, in order to maintain a clear and calm head. Set aside 10 minutes – before bed, is ideal – and let your thoughts settle. You’ll think with greater clarity, and reduce the mental strains that a hectic day can induce. Mindfulness meditation is now recommended by health-care professionals as a fundamental of a healthy lifestyle, and key to staving off stress and anxiety.
Your work might keep you busy throughout the day and into the night, but resisting sleep has knock-on effects that can reduce your effectiveness as a business owner. A good night’s rest – at the very least 6 hours of sleep – will keep your mind sharp, and give your body enough time to recover from the pressures of the day. Sleep deprivation strains the immune system too, leaving you vulnerable to sicknesses that a well-rested person might fend off.
Blow off steam
Running a business can be incredibly stressful, and even with exercise and meditation, things can build up. Make time to do something that you know will take your mind off the pressures of work: a sports game, a hike, a trip to a spa. A change of scenery can invigorate, giving a fresh store of energy when you need it the most.
Go for check-ups
We sometimes like to think that we’re invincible, but illness finds a way to creep up on us. Regular visits to your GP are essential. More serious health problems are best caught early, and regular visits to the doctor provide you with an external view on how well you’re doing.