Entrepreneurs: Three Ways to Make Your Health A Priority

 
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As an entrepreneur, your health is your most valuable commodity. No matter what you do, you can’t do it at 100% when you’re not feeling well. Feeling sick or even lethargic can hinder your productivity, leading to naps and Netflix rather than tasks being marked off your list. 

When I started my business in May 2016, I worked in a full-time corporate accounting position that required 60% travel. Although I loved flying around the US and Europe, it was physically and mentally draining. When I returned to the hotel after a 12-hour day with my team, I routinely made the choice to work on my side hustle instead of working out in the hotel gym and getting to bed at a decent hour. 

In other words, I was sacrificing my health to build my business. 

Now that my business is my full-time job, I realize how important it is to keep my energy levels up, both physically and mentally. And that means making my health a priority. 

These small changes have made a big difference for me and might help you create positive changes in your life. 

Manage Your Mind. To work effectively and efficiently, you’ll need a mind that allows you to focus. Take time for your mental health by journaling or listening to life coaching podcasts. Start your day by watching uplifting YouTube videos featuring motivational speakers like Les Brown or Tony Robbins. Not your thing? Take some personality tests to better understand how and why you are the way you are, and what kind of support would benefit you most. Hire a life coach and/or a therapist to provide objective guidance and a listening ear. Even taking the time to confide in someone you trust when something is bothering you can help clear your thoughts, opening more of your mental capacity to focus on the tasks at hand. 

Schedule Your Workouts. Whether it’s attending a 5AM crossfit class or taking a 30 minute walk after dinner, schedule time to exercise. You don’t skip meetings or calls, and this is no different. Focus on exercise you enjoy so that you look forward to it. Find a workout partner or make a new friend in a class you attend to help create accountability. However you decide to move your body, schedule it on your calendar and don’t negotiate when the time comes. Work never ends, so press the pause button and get your workout done. 

Create Healthy Habits. Develop a bedtime routine (and stick to it) to ensure you are getting enough rest. Eat nutritious foods as much as possible, especially during your work day. Take the time to meal prep or try using meal prep services like Snap Kitchen. Even if you use DoorDash or Uber Eats for meal delivery, look for foods that will energize you instead of foods that will leave you reaching for coffee at 2PM. Food and fitness tracking apps like Fitbit or LoseIt can assist in creating a tangible record of your habits, giving you greater awareness of those habits, and helping you nail down a routine and diet that support you.

Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle as an entrepreneur is fully possible, but you’re the only one who can make yourself a priority. Start today by taking five minutes to write down a few positive changes that could help you work (and live) a little stronger. Share one of those positive changes in the comment section below.