The life of an entrepreneur can be a stressful one. It can feel nearly impossible on some days to divide your schedule between all of the different aspects of your business and still make time for family, to eat, sleep, and exercise. It’s imperative to stay fit, however, to be at your best and to drive your business to new heights.
An entrepreneur can stay in shape by the doing the following:
- Sleep – People should get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Anything less can result in an entrepreneur walking like a zombie and thinking like one, too. It’ hard to make sound decisions when you’re operating on fumes.
- Reduce stress – You can’t avoid stress in business, but you can learn how to manage it. Find ways to reduce stress by identifying triggers and avoiding them. You can also create a constructive outlet for yourself by finding a person outside of the company to whom you can express your concerns and frustrations. That person may not provide you with solutions, but they can allow you to free yourself from pent up stress and strain.
- Eat healthy – Ever make it to lunch only to realize that you forgot to eat breakfast? Eating may feel like a last priority on some days, and if you do eat, you may find yourself reaching for unhealthy, instant foods. Try preparing healthy grab-and-go meals on Sunday that you can keep in the fridge or freezer and warm up on the double.
- Exercise – Exercising is one good way of fighting stress. When things seem to be getting out of control, step out of the office and take a brisk walk or do a set of push-ups, sit-ups, or jumping jacks. Exercise can help clear your mind, so you’re better equipped to make crucial decisions.
- Schedule down time – Even though I talk about the benefits of hard work, working non-stop is not good for mental health. An entrepreneur should regularly schedule vacations. You’ll likely come back with an improved perspective that will help you come up with creative solutions.
If you want to be on top of your business, find small ways to stay on top of your health. You don’t have to run marathons, but devoting a measure of time and effort to your wellness can pay off in business success.