6 Tips for A Healthy Entrepreneurial LifestyleMar 02, 2021
Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of dedication and hard work if you want to build a successful business. You’ll often be brought to your limits, physically and mentally.
That is why it’s so important that as an entrepreneur you prioritize your health. Way too often, entrepreneurs tend to overlook the importance that health plays in their success.
Most often, our schedule never seems to have a break, and that’s exactly what can have a negative impact on your health. After all, what good is success if your health suffers the consequences? How will you still be able to enjoy it?
Keep on reading for 6 tips that help you to live a healthy entrepreneurial lifestyle.
6 Tips for A Healthy Entrepreneurial Lifestyle
1. Create Routines
I believe that creating and following healthy routines are the key to success. Keeping a regular schedule is not only great for staying on track, but it also helps to hold yourself accountable.
When your day is already mapped out and scheduled in, you know exactly what needs to get done and you won’t end up wasting time.
Besides an overall routine, it’s also great to create a morning routine that sets you up for a successful day. It’s not just about waking up early, but also about the activities you’re doing.
Stop hitting that snooze button and start waking up with a sense of purpose. Tomorrow, before looking at your phone, meditate, go for a walk, set your intentions for the day, etc.
Besides a morning routine, it’s also great to have an evening routine. One that helps you have a good night’s rest, so that your body can recover from the busy day you just had.
Sleep is crucial for us to function at our best. It helps to reduce stress, but for many of us, it’s hard to fall asleep. We have a lot going and it’s not that easy to just turn off the brain and sleep on command.
Sticking to a routine before bedtime helps the brain know that it’s preparing for sleep making you doze off faster. I wrote a blog post about my current morning routine. Be sure to have a look here if you’re in need of some inspiration.
2. Stick to a healthy & balanced diet
Eating wholesome, unprocessed foods helps to provide your body with the fuel and nutrients it needs to properly function. The benefits of a good nutrition go beyond weight loss.
It improves your overall well-being, increases your energy levels, helps to prevent illness, and much more.⠀
Especially your brain will be grateful for the right fuel. We are so dependent on a well-working brain as, without it, we wouldn’t be able to get things done.
Try to reduce the consumption of foods that are highly processed and contain high amounts of sugar. Those kinds of foods will work against you as they decrease your brain’s function. They also make you more likely to get sick due to an impaired immune system they can cause.
Instead, focus on foods in their natural form, that are full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we need. You wouldn’t fuel your car with the wrong gas, so try to do the same with your body!
3. Move your body daily
Together with a healthy diet, physical exercise helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight and overall wellbeing. It keeps your mind fresh and makes you feel happier. Just think about how you felt after the last time you worked out.
On top of that, it’s proven that exercising daily can have a large positive effect on motivation and productivity. Exercise is also a great way to relieve stress as it releases all those feel-good hormones that our brains crave during times of distress.
Human beings are designed to move but technology and all those cultural advancements made us primarily sedentary. Nowadays we often tend to see physical activity as a means to lose weight. We forget that it’s actually vital for our health.
Don’t see it as a way to punish yourself or eating certain foods. Look at it as a means to be able to work at your best! Find ways to move your body that you actually enjoy doing. There are more ways to do so other than sweating at the gym!
It doesn’t matter if you exercise in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Find the time to do it and make it a priority. Even small choices such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can have a big impact in the long run.
4. Track your progress/habits
Track your habits and celebrate every yet so small win. It’s not about punishing yourself every time you didn’t stick to your health habits, it’s about making you see all the progress you’ve made already.
I LOVE tracking my habits. It motivates me to stick to them and it’s a daily reminder of how far I’ve come already.
By tracking your habits you’ll learn more about yourself. It’s a great way to see what things you don’t have a problem with doing and what is more difficult to stick to. ⠀
I always tell my clients, focus on their progress because progress is better than perfection. For example, what do you think is better? Working out once instead of four times as planned?
5. Take time for self-care
This should be a no-brainer but yet, we often tend to forget about it. Running a business is extremely stressful and if you don’t take the time to unplug from work to focus on yourself, you could end up with burnout.
Many entrepreneurs think that they have to work hard and never take breaks to be successful. It’s true that you need to put in the work. But, you also need to regularly take breaks for your mental and physical well-being.
If you constantly work without taking breaks, you will never be able to work at your best. Your brain needs frequent breaks.
Think about it, if you take breaks, you’ll be much more productive and get more done. Whereas when you continuously push yourself, you’ll end up struggling to stay focused.
Schedule in some time where you simply take care of yourself. Set boundaries and say no to activities that don’t benefit you. Taking some time off will refuel your energy thanks. Trust me, it will work wonders for your mind and brain.
6. Learn to manage stress
This one goes hand in hand with the previous point. Your stress levels will rise to the max if you don’t take breaks to prioritize yourself and your health.
But there is more to that than this. We often think that stress is something external but actually we create most of it ourselves. We all experience stress but for some, it manifests itself from unnecessary worries.
Most of our worries don’t even end up happening and are simply exaggerating. In moments like this, we need to ask ourselves: Are my worries rational? Or are they simply intensifying the situation?
It’s crucial to learn to better manage those stress-probing thoughts. As an entrepreneur, it’s almost impossible to avoid stress. We need to learn how to better manage those stress-probing thoughts so that they don’t impair our mindset and decisions.
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