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Healthy Entrepreneur: Prioritizing Wellness Amidst a Busy Work Life

  • As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to find time for self-care but, if you can eat well, exercise regularly, and manage your time, you might find the benefits feed back into the work itself. According to a UK study, addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%. The North American Health Careers & Education University offers a few tips to help you achieve a better sense of balance.

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Exercise

 

Keeping your body healthy is as much about the way you use it as what you put in it. The problem is, during a busy work week it can be difficult finding the time & energy to get up and exercise. That’s why you may need to start thinking tactically about how to fit your workout routine around the working week. Often, with some scheduling, increased intensity, and focus areas, you can still manage a successful physical regime without compromising time spent on business.

 

Nutrition

 

The nutrition you consume plays a huge role in your long-term health, giving you more energy, helping you to concentrate, and reducing the risk of ailments. Beyond all the practical benefits, it’s also true that a positive change in diet can help you to feel drastically improved by affecting your emotional frame of mind and balancing out anxiety-inducing stimulants like coffee. 

 

Cooking your own food is an important step toward taking control of your diet and more careful management of nutrition. If you’re short on time, you can look into quick recipes that work well when reheated – for example, stews and bakes contain plenty of liquid, and their flavors tend to deepen over time. 

 

 

Manage Your Mental Health

 

 Running a business and keeping a healthy work-life balance is tricky, and without proper attention, an imbalance can take a toll on your mental health. To keep things even requires a lot of mindful effort, such as setting boundaries, learning to say no, and being protective of your time. Typically, this is a tall order for entrepreneurs, but setting specific work hours, only taking on what you can handle, and carefully scheduling yourself will help. 

 

If you have trouble making this happen, and if you start to experience symptoms of increased anxiety, sadness that won’t go away, emotional outbursts or the desire to self-medicate, you may be suffering from mental illness. Should these symptoms appear, it’s in your best interest to talk to your healthcare provider or a trained therapist. They can help you find the necessary tools to cope with whatever life throws your way.

 

 

 

Time Management

 

Keeping on top of your time is difficult when you have so little of it. Sometimes, the trick is to work smarter not harder by simplifying your work processes. For example, if you have the money to spare, you can save time by hiring services to help manage aspects of your business on your behalf. 

 

There are the typical experts (financial consultants, accountants, etc.) you can hire full-time, and there are freelancers. Outsourcing represents something of a risky move for a lot of self-earning entrepreneurs but, with careful research, you can usually find the right people for the right jobs and maintain your existing levels of quality. For example, when looking for a freelance bookkeeper, check out a site like Upwork. Here, you can search a wealth of freelancers and use their ratings to settle on a few choices. When connecting with candidates, ask about experience and bookkeeping services pricing.

 

The business world continues to move at a breakneck speed, luckily there are plenty of tools available to entrepreneurs to help you keep up and stay well in the process. Whatever it is you’re working on, remember that nothing takes priority over your own health and happiness.

 

 

 

 

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