Be truthful – How’s your health and fitness?
For many people it is probably far from how they would like it to be! Finding the time to stay healthy can be difficult for anyone, and as an entrepreneur it’s near impossible. If you are busy working on endless projects, taking care of financial issues, and dealing with the stress of running a business, it is likely there is very little time left for you.
Therein lies the problem! If we do not take care of ourselves, we ultimately have no business – getting ill may mean that we fall even further behind with our workload, and so it is crucial that we take a ‘me first’ approach. Just like our companies, our bodies needs care and attention in order to properly function.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a win-win situation. Healthier people are happier and more productive, both essential attributes for a thriving personal and professional life.
Here are 5 wellness tips that will see your work/life balance improve quickly:
Everybody knows the feeling of too little sleep, but over time it can develop into serious health problems. Sleep is where our body heals from the day’s stresses (our hormones rebalance between 10pm and 2am). Having at least 7-8h of sleep is ideal, and within a few days of making this a regular routine, you will definitely notice the difference. Some entrepreneurs are night-owls, so adjusting to a new habit may be difficult, but try to aim for 11pm or midnight at the latest. Soon you will notice that you wake up earlier, and can finish a few of your projects before most people even start their work day!
2. Stay hydrated
It is easy to forget, but to perform at our optimum levels, we need to stay hydrated. Dehydration actually results in our brains shrinking – causing fatigue, lowered cognitive function, and mood swings. Sound familiar? Simply swapping one cup of coffee a day for a bottle of water would help to prevent this. 75% of people are thought to suffer from chronic dehydration, and it is good to remember that we have a delayed brain-body connection. This means that we are already dehydrated by the time we get the urge to drink. Be proactive and ensure that a few cups of water each day become part of your normal routine.
3. Exercise regularly
For significant benefits to both body and mind, we should exercise at least 3 times per week. Running, cycling, and muscle toning all help to enhance our immune systems, increasing our ability to deal with life challenges. Make sure you make your workouts count! Intense cardio sessions produce sweat and help remove toxins from our bodies. The mental health benefits of exercise should also not be underestimated – it has been shown that exercise is similar to prescribed medication for mood improvement.
4. Healthy lunches
Grabbing food on the go often means that a local supermarket ‘meal deal’ is on the agenda. Invariably, this includes a packet of crisps or sweets and a soft drink, which are all foods with very little nutritional value. If convenience lunches are your thing, swap the junk for a fruit option and the fizzy soda for water (see above). If you currently use take-outs for lunches, try a tasty alternative for a few days. Tapas bars and even some subway sandwiches are a better choice.
5. Coffee alternatives
While it may be hard to remove coffee entirely from your daily routine, it is important to remember the detrimental effects. Caffeine can deplete calcium from the body and if sugar is added, it will result in blood glucose spikes that cause energy fluctuations. Green tea is a better alternative, and if you are still in need of an energy boost, consider adaptogens instead. These are a variety of herbs that are proven to reduce fatigue and help cope with stress.
When forming new routines there is always a period of time when things may feel a little odd and even uncomfortable. The science shows that after a 2–3 week period most routines start to become a lasting habit.