As a small business owner it’s easy to lose yourself in your business and ignore everything else. The truth is though, at some point it all catches up with you and you start feeling worn out and run down. A few months ago we covered how exercising regularly can make you and your staff more productive. But there’s more to getting healthy than just exercise. In fact, diet is key to good health, and good health leads to good performance.
Here’s how to do it—the right way:
Busy entrepreneurs tend to either forget to eat or eat without thinking about what’s going into their mouths. If your business involves wining and dining clients, you probably eat and drink more than you would normally. The key is to surround yourself with only healthy food and snacks, limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol and don’t skip any meals.
Think of eating like you’re training for a big race. You wouldn’t overeat before a race, nor would you forget to eat or eat the wrong foods. If you think about every bite you put in your body as you would if you were about to run 10 miles, you’ll eat healthier. After all, running a business is quite physical when you think about it.
Everyone’s heard the “rule” about drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but the amount of liquids each person should consume actually differs for everyone. If you work indoors in an office, you need less water than if you work outside, are physically active during your workday or work in a hot environment. Don’t assume you can only get liquids from water, either; fruit and veggies (and other non-alcoholic beverages) can help you get the right amount of water.
The Better Sleep Council has declared May as “Better Sleep Month” to promote healthy sleeping habits across the U.S. Most adults need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, increased stress, weight gain, depression, loss of motor skills and heart damage. If you’re having any sleep disorders that are preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep, it’s important to bring it up with your physician.
Give your brain a mental break by stepping away from work for a bit each day. Try listening to some calming music, or doing a short meditation. Escape thinking about work to listen to your favorite podcast or keep a good book by your desk to read a chapter.
When it comes to your health, don't underestimate the effect it can have on your overall productivity. And don't allow your busy schedule to take away too much focus from yourself and your needs.
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