The life of an entrepreneur is busy. It seems like you’re always going and going and don’t have time to stop—life doesn’t stop moving, your business doesn’t sleep, so why should you? Beyond the fact that you need sleep to function, if you never take the time to breathe and take care of yourself, your health will go down, and you’ll start to suffer. You won’t be the only one feeling terrible, though—your business will start to suffer and struggle too.
You can read eBook after eBook and take course after course teaching you how to run your business and be successful as an entrepreneur, but if you don’t take care of yourself and maintain your health, your business will only do as well as you feel. Whether you’re just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or are in the thick of it, here are some tips that can help you maintain your health through the grind:
Sleep is an extremely important part of staying healthy, and the time you go to bed and get up can play a huge role. Whether or not you got enough sleep can determine how your day will go, how you’ll feel in general, and how you deal with the stress of the day. While you don’t have to go to bed by 8:00 PM every night, getting to bed by 10:00 or 11:00 PM and getting up by 6:00 or 7:00 AM will help you get a jumpstart on the day and help you feel better overall.
Every day is different and presents different emergencies and challenges that have to be dealt with, but creating a schedule and sticking to it as best you can help you keep your sanity and feel less stress as an entrepreneur. With a schedule, you can better use your time for maximum productivity, helping you feel more accomplished by the end of the day. It can also help you stay better balanced by reminding you to step away from work and enjoy some personal time, so you don’t get overwhelmed. A balanced entrepreneur is a happy entrepreneur.
Between everything you have to get done in a day and a week, it can be difficult to make time for exercise. Working out can help you not only maintain your physical health, but it can help you de-stress and refocus which will benefit your mental health as well. If you don’t have time to make it to the gym or to commit to an entire workout, there are other exercises and activities that you can do that take little time but will still benefit you.
As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you eat every meal of the day, but it’s also important that those meals are as healthy as possible. When you’re busy and always on the go, it can be hard to find the time to grab a meal that’s good for you since fast food is so much more convenient and easy to get. Even if you have to grab a burger and fries from the drive-through for lunch, you should always set aside the time you need to cook at least one meal at home. When you cook at home, you have control over portions, what you make, and what goes into it, helping you better maintain your health.
Even if you have to schedule time specifically to cook, do it.
It seems that everyone is glued to technology, and entrepreneurs are no exception. Your work probably relies on technology, so you’re constantly on a computer or checking your phone to get everything done. While technology is powerful, useful, and has its time and place, it can also be draining and affect you in ways you might not think. Taking time to unplug at least once a day can help you maintain a better balance and sort of hit refresh.
Completely unplugging means you get off the computer, your phone, turn off the TV, and even shut off the radio. If that means you have to leave everything to go home and go for a walk or sit at the nearest park for an hour, do it. Whatever you have to do to unplug and reconnect with the world around you is worth it—you’ll feel so much better and be able to better focus on your work when you come back.
Life as an entrepreneur is busy, and if you’re not careful, you could end up totally drained or even sick in the hospital. It’s important to take time in your day for yourself to help you rejuvenate and maintain your health so that you can keep running at 100 percent—after all, if you’re down so is your business. In what ways do you maintain your health as an entrepreneur?