As a small business owner it is an easy mistake to focus all your time and energy on your company and neglect your own personal needs.
As many of us know the pressures of running a business are considerable, and there is often no let up. However, it is important to remember that it becomes increasingly harder to work to the best of your abilities if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle.
Lets take a look at what you can do to stay healthy, happy and productive:
To stay healthy a good diet is crucial to your lifestyle. However, you may find that it is difficult to eat well at work, especially if you eat at your desk or between meetings. Try to take a proper lunch-break and get out of the office for 30 minutes or so.
Making healthy meals beforehand can be a useful way to ensure you eat well. It can be something as simple as a healthy sandwich or pasta salad to see you through the day.
Other methods to ensure you are getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals throughout the day are by taking supplements such as multivitamin tablets.
Regular exercise is very important, for your physical and mental wellbeing. Many small business owners tend to work right up until the moment they go to bed and find it difficult to find time to exercise regularly.
Cardio-vascular (aerobic) exercise is crucial to your wellbeing, particularly if you want to remain fit and healthy. But what can you do to fit this into a daily schedule?
1. Try cycling, walking or jogging to work rather than driving or taking public transport (if you live close enough to work to allow this).
2. If you work from home, try to schedule a 20 – 30 minute break to allow yourself time to do some form of exercise such as walking or jogging.
Try to drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day. Many people forget about drinking water in the middle of a busy day so it’s important to keep water within easy reach to avoid dehydration.
Not drinking enough water can not only lead to dehydration but to lack of energy and, consequently, inefficiency at work. The more lethargic you become, the less productive you will be.
Many small business owners have difficulty resting as they consistently think about work and can therefore find themselves working late into the night.
It’s crucial to ensure you get the required amount of sleep as you may find that your mental capacity could suffer, you could become less productive. Even more importantly you could find that your immunity to bugs and illnesses drops.
Health and Wellbeing Policy
Try to put a health and wellbeing policy in place for all your employees and try to include yourself in this.
This could be something as simple as organising a weekly game of football with colleagues to seeking out discounted rates at the local gym for your company.