There’s a common belief that you must sacrifice your health or wellness to succeed as an entrepreneur. Eating healthy is too expensive, that working out takes too much time, or that you can’t have both a business and a personal life.
But there’s actually a way—and an important reason—to have your cake, too: because it takes discipline and intentionality to set these goals. The time and energy are worth the benefits of improved health, greater productivity, and spiritual wellness.
The benefits of choosing healthy living may outweigh the costs in more ways than one. There is now scientific evidence that shows how workouts can lead to higher cognitive functioning (due to increased brain volume), lower blood pressure levels, injury prevention (through being better prepared for whatever might happen), better sleep habits through exercise's effect on melatonin production in humans, etc.—benefits which will both pay off individually but also collectively as part of a team or company culture.
For nearly 10 years, I've been focused on the intersection of great business and holistic wellness. My mission is to help entrepreneurs live healthier and more fulfilled life by providing them with the tools they need to take control of their health.
Health is one of the Five Facets described in my book Redesign: Becoming a Happy, Healthy and Successful Entrepreneur. If you can't take care of your health first, then everything else from time management to getting things done will be tougher than it needs to be.
Four Steps to Take Control of Your Health Starting Today
- Take one minute to notice how you feel when you wake up;
- Pay attention to what physical activity feels like for your body, not just the gym schedule;
- Ask yourself how much sleep is good enough and when it's okay if you slip up a day or two;
- Increase mindfulness by taking one meal at a time or 5 minutes to focus on present experience rather than future goals.
The key here is perspective, expect different things from yourself, and use your strengths wisely to achieve the best results possible if you find you're reaching 3 pm with no coffee left. No time for lunch as instructed by your morning routine; make sure you compensate with eating plenty of vegetables for dinner or fitting in some quality screen-free relaxation time at home after an exhausting day at work when needed!
One size does not fit all, so try out different strategies until one works perfectly for you!
In this blog post, I wanted to share four tips that can help you get the right balance between your business and your personal life. How to balance is not an easy question to answer and it requires a lot of thinking about where most people might trip up in their journey towards success. How did this post help you? I would love to receive your feedback!