Although running a business is a fantastic way to push your career forward, it comes with drawbacks as well. For example, nearly every business owner winds up facing a ton of stress and, at some points, that stress can become overwhelming. Indeed, business-ownership stress can be so intense it starts to have an impact on your overall health and lead to burnout.
Situational Wellness Concepts has published this guide to help business owners see the importance of self-care. These steps are simple, effective ways to reduce your vulnerability to stress and become far less likely to develop burnout. Let’s get started:
1. Knock Out Nagging To-Dos
Every business owner has items on their to-do lists they’ve been putting off, not because they’re particularly hard, but because they’re tedious. Procrastinating dull work can feel good in the short run, but it’s likely to seriously increase your anxiety. Those nagging, persistent to-do items will stay on your mind and make it challenging for you to relax.
Find ways to get that work done that reduce the tedium. For example, if you’ve been putting off forming your LLC, consider hiring a formation service to do it for you. Not only will you get the relief that comes with knocking something off your to-do list, but you’ll also get the security that comes from having legal separation between your personal and private assets. Check state laws to make sure you take all the necessary steps to keep these assets separated.
2. Exercise Daily
Working out every day is great for your mind and body, but many business owners neglect it. After all, when you’re already busy, fitting in time for a workout can feel totally out of the question. However, regular exercise could be even more important for business owners than the average person.
When you run a business, your mind and body take on excess stress, which causes your body to release stress hormones. Exercise gives these hormones somewhere to go and something to do. Without it, that stress doesn’t get used up, and it causes your body to work overtime to deal with it, which can lead to illness long-term.
3. Eat Healthy Meals
Another important aspect of wellbeing many business owners neglect is eating a healthy diet. When you’re in a rush, it’s often easier to turn to fast food or snacks instead of committing to a complete meal. However, this kind of inadequate nutrition can leave you eating more food than you think while still not actually getting the nutrients you need to thrive.
There are several ways business owners can make their diets healthier. For example, you can commit to having a snack that includes fruits or veggies between meals. Baby carrots, for example, are a quick and easy way to get some nutrients in during a break. You can also use meal prep techniques to make sure you have access to healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, even when you’re super busy.
Finally, consider picking up a meditation practice. Even as little as ten minutes of mindfulness a day can make a huge difference when it comes to managing stress. Mindfulness practice helps you learn to recognize what’s happening in the moment, rather than focus on the past or worry about the present. This lowers anxiety, boosts creativity, and helps you get more pleasure from your everyday life.
If you’re new to meditation, consider checking out a guided meditation online. There are paid services you can use, as well as plenty of free meditations available on sites like Youtube. Try a few out and stick with one that helps you focus on your breath and the present so you can learn to recognize and release anxious thoughts. With time, you can train your mind to be fully in the moment.
Remember, when you take good care of yourself, you put yourself and your business in the best position for success. We hope these tips inspire you to build healthy, sustainable habits you can use to keep yourself well and healthy while making your dreams come true.
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