Being an entrepreneur can have its ups and downs. Those feelings of achievement and growing something you feel passionate about can be accompanied by fatigue and poor health when you find yourself dedicating all of your time to your latest project. It is hard to find a way to balance your personal and professional needs when they are all rolled into one. After a few weeks, months, or even years of a busy schedule, we often begin to neglect our minds and bodies without even realizing it. High levels of stress can lead to a poor diet, lack of sleep, and impulsive decision making. Before you know it, this uncomfortable state of being can feel normal. You may think living like this is the only way to achieve success in your business. However, with a few small changes to your habits and routine, you can look and feel your best without taking too much time out of your day.
Sleep plays a big part in how our bodies function and it is important to make sure we are not only getting enough, but also getting a good quality of sleep. There are different levels of the sleep cycle. Attempting to achieve a deep sleep, and allowing your body to naturally wake up during your lightest cycle, is important when it comes to feeling fully rested. Making sure that you have a quiet and dark place to sleep can make a difference. Maybe installing black out curtains or using a white noise app would create a better atmosphere for you. Establishing a cut off time for phone and tablet use can also be another helpful practice. According to several studies, the light that a phone, tablet, or laptop gives off prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, the hormone that tells our body it is nighttime.
Though broad and over generalizing, that old saying “You are what you eat” is actually true. If you primarily eat fatty, heavy foods with no real substance, that will be how you feel. If you eat a mix of fresh, clean, foods full of energy, you will truly feel that way. We have all felt that brain fog and relentless fatigue after indulging in a lunch that did little more than fill our stomachs. In a world full of over processed foods and empty calories, it can be hard to make the right decisions when it comes to what we eat. Take away the work of figuring out what is good for you, and how much, by joining a program like weightwatchers. These types of programs take away the guess work and give you an easy way to keep track of your daily progress. Even better, they have communities of people that are there to support and encourage you to stick to it, something that can be helpful when it’s easy to get off track.
One of the best skills to have in business is the ability to delegate effectively. It is impossible to grow a company if you are unable to let go of certain responsibilities. It is time consuming and gives you a very limited reach, not to mention burns you out much faster and puts a lot of stress on your mind and body. Being able to trust someone else to carry out a task will go a long when you need to focus on something else, like your health.