How to Stay Healthy as an Entrepreneur
Running your own business and being able to work for yourself is truly a blessing. You set your own hours and you get to do a job you love. But life as a boss babe can also be extremely stressful. It's easy to get lonely and let your health slip to the last spot on your priority list. To keep you on track, we've come up with a few simple ways to stay healthy as an entrepreneur.
Let's be real. Most people do not have the time or energy to cook a full and healthy meal every night. Sometimes we turn to fast food or unhealthy snacks when we're in a time crunch. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try to meal prep at least a week's worth of a single meal on Sunday night. It's an easy way to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy without slaving over a stove every day.
Meal prepping also allows you to plan your calorie consumption in advance so you can still feel good about your food intake even on pizza & movies nights with the girls. So get your greens, get your proteins, and get cooking! If you don't know where to start, there are some delicious meal prep recipes here and here.
It's easy to get stuck in your desk chair all day. When you're in the zone and blasting through your to-do list, eight hours of work can fly by. While this level of focus may seem like a good thing, prolonged sitting is associated with a plethora of health problems like increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. Combat these nasty side effects by setting a timer to stand up every 30 minutes and walk around a bit. Don't forget to hit the gym either! Moderate exercise for 60-75 minutes a day is the best way to counteract these negative side effects.
Remember, even adding just a few steps to your day adds up over time. Some movement is better than none!
One of the joys of working for yourself is the flexbility. You can take time to peruse your emails while sipping your coffee early in the morning or write blog posts late into the night depending on your mood that day.
However, being flexible doesn't mean you shouldn't have boundaries. Discuss your schedule with clients or partners and make your limits clear. Maybe yours are something like "I will not pick up a work call after 6 PM each night" or "Sundays are reserved for family time".
Whatever your boundaries are, stick to them. It's impossible to stay healthy when you have no clear delineation between work and play.
Make Room for "Me Time"
As entrepreneurs, we are constantly pulled in a million directions. We're in charge of social media, networking, business development, and so much more that it can feel impossible to fit all our work into a 24 hour day.
But constantly being on the go means not allowing yourself room to relax. Remember to take time to do things you enjoy outside of work. Whether it's an at-home spa day with face masks and bubble baths or a hike on your favorite trail, these moments help refuel our creativity tank and keep our businesses running.
Get Some Zzzs
You can't stay healthy if you don't get the sleep you need. While we sleep, our body releases hormones that repair our cells and help us transfer short-term memories to long-term. To function at their prime, the average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night so make sure to shut down your computer and put away your phone early enough in the evening to allow for a full night's rest.
For those of you who struggle falling asleep, try developing a bedtime routine. Stop drinking caffeine by 7 PM and keep all electronics away from your bed. The blue light emitted by your phone and laptop screen can confuse your circadian rhythm, making it difficult to sleep. So rather than scrolling through Instagram as you lay in bed, read a book instead.
Have a Solid Support System
Managing your own business means you're already one tough cookie, but who couldn't use a little back up every once in a while? If you feel yourself getting lonely or struggling with an issue (whether personal or business), remember to reach out to loved ones for support.
Take note that when your struggling shouldn't be the only time you talk to your friends. Relationships take time to build and effort to maintain. Try to reach out and schedule a girl's night every few weeks to reconnect and make time for a date night with your partner.
Try to implement one of these suggestions a week until you can manage them all. By the time you are doing all six, you will be well on your way to improving your overall well-being. Stay healthy, and good luck!