Not eating, working insane hours, and an overflowing inbox is really a sign that something is potentially is wrong.
Working for ourselves tends to make some of us put our individual needs aside for the needs of others.
Then again, maybe that’s just a trait some of us have that shows up in the business too. Why is that, that’s for another time?
Either way, as an entrepreneur, the best thing we can do is to take care of ourselves so that we can sustain performing at our best while running our company.
Optimal health and well-being are critical when running a business. If you are always tired, and cannot think clearly, you cannot provide your clients with the services they require, or the level of service they deserve.
I am not claiming to be a health expert by any means, nor is it a surprise that we need to be healthier. It’s all around us, people are talking about incorporating healthier lifestyles everywhere we turn.
The question is, are you doing it? If not, what will it take to start or at least make one change that ignites your journey.
This post is part of our monthly Word Carnival where our topic for this month is: Healthy Body, Healthy Business. Make sure to read each post listed here from this awesome team of bloggers. There is always a wealth of information in each post.
Life forced me to make hard decisions….choices. Losing my best friend suddenly (who was 57) forced me to take a cold, hard look at my mortality. Hell, it scared me!
My moms passing 4 months later, and a friend starting her juicing ritual, began my journey. I tried one of the juices she made, felt it running through my body, and I was hooked.
I learned that it takes time to build a consistent, efficient routine in business and now with health. Just like with business, persistence paid off.
I chose to incorporate juicing into my daily diet with the primary intention of increasing fruits and vegetables, reducing beef, and eliminating pork.
My energy is at least 70% higher, I sleep better, people tell me I look better with a glow, as well as weight loss.
Below are tips that helped me and hopefully at least one will be something you find worthwhile trying.
#1 – Mindset
As with anything we attempt to do differently, it always begins with our mindset.
I consciously changed my mindset/relationship toward food and focused on the benefits of the food that I was putting in my body.
As I changed my focus, my appetite for the wrong foods changed.
- I watched Fat, Sick, and Almost Dead on Netflix again, for inspiration
- I started juicing consistently until it became a habit.
- I bought juicing books to increase my education and to gain other ideas.
- I figured out how to eat healthier without increasing the cost significantly (took a minute).
- I signed up for newsletters and Facebook fan pages that supported juicing and healthier eating habits
It is still a work in progress, but I keep the intentions up close and personal.
We all know we handle our businesses better when we get a good nights sleep.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep contributes to impaired analytical thinking, reduced physical performance, negative moods and in some cases weight gain as sleep can affect our hunger hormones.
Since I began juicing, I am definitely sleeping better.
I make sure that I get off of the computer at least an hour before bed. I play a game to help me relax my mind; it really makes a difference.
#3 Share Your Story/Journey
Utilize your social media connections for support as well as inspire them.
The energy of sharing and the discussions that take place from posting pictures and comments about your journey, allows people to get a personal view of you, and enhances the relationships that are forming.
It also forces you to be a little more accountable because expectations from some begin to develop.
As I have shared my journey it has opened up more conversations with people. Potential clients that have contacted me as a result of social media, always mention my juicing and things that I have shared.
As I have said before, you never know who is watching.
#4 – Take Breaks and Add Exercise
Research tells us that every 90 to 120 minutes the body goes through different periods of alertness and fatigue throughout the day. Each cycle begins with alertness but after roughly 90 minutes, this starts to diminish and your body needs to rest and take a break.
This is when the mind starts to lose focus, you get hungry, tired and you may procrastinate and make mistakes — or lose momentum to complete your work.
Not gonna beat a dead horse about exercise, we all know how important it is. But I suck at it for many reasons.
One solution I have found, is to get exercise DVD’s, watch them via Hulu Plus or some format such as that. I have no excuse…it boils down to making the time for it and consistency.
#5 – Get Centered
Meditation is such an awesome tool and quite honestly, it is something I am learning more about and working towards being consistent.
When I begin each day with at least a 5-15 minute meditation, my day normally flows better. There is something to be said about our energies when we focus and let things flow.
Regardless if it’s for business, personal growth, or just the desire to increase your energy, start something different today that is health oriented. Don’t let age, or pain, or waiting for a diagnosis of something be the inspiration for change.
What would be an obstacle to incorporation a healthier lifestyle?