Anyone who runs a business knows that there are times when you want to curl up in a ball and cry. Managing a business, especially when you’re the sole manager, is a difficult situation on its own. When you add in working while you’re sick, it becomes a form of torture in a way. But taking care of your health is one of the best ways you can stay sharp and productive, even when everything seems to be going wrong. Here are some ways you stay on top of your health to help you better stay on top of your business.
Follow a Routine
As the boss, you probably already know how important this step is. Following a routine is the best way to set yourself up for success. Eat at the same times every day, work only, and ONLY, during certain times, plan your grocery trips for weekends, and schedule your mandatory vacation ahead of time. Having a routine helps break down your day into manageable chunks and knowing what you have to do at certain times increases productivity.
Listening to your body is so important, especially when others are counting on you to get something done. Being the boss does give you more responsibility, and more people do rely on you, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a human anymore. Pay attention to how you’re feeling, and try to think about your health without your business overshadowing it. If you need to take a sick day, don’t feel bad because everyone deserves time to rest and get well again.
On the topic of bodily health, it’s equally important to remember your mental health. Conditions like anxiety and depression make it very difficult to work under certain circumstances, and you know your mind better than anyone else. If you feel like you’re straining yourself to meet day-to-day requirements, consider splitting up the workload even more until you feel a bit better. You can also take a personal day to just step out of the office and spend time doing something you love to help you cope with any mental health issues.
In the same boat of mental and physical health, we have the ever-present and almost foreboding factor of stress. Everyone knows that stress can be both good and not-so-good, but what really matters is how you handle it. As a business owner, you’re going to have your fair share, and maybe even a bit extra, of stress. But leaving work at work and taking time for yourself can help you relax in the midst of all the stress. Use stress to your advantage to get things done, but don’t let it overtake the joys of running your own business.
As humans, we’re naturally wired to enjoy talking to people and socializing. Bosses can make friends, too! Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you can’t chat with colleagues or employees from time to time. Aside from your work friends, you need to socialize with friends that have no bearing on your job, so you can really vent and say what you feel when you need to. Even if you spend time talking to strangers and making friends that way, it’s better than isolating yourself with your worries and problems.
Take Time to Laugh
There are definitely going to be times while running your business that you don’t know if you should laugh or cry. Chances are that it’s better for your health in the moment to laugh about it and not dwell on the situation. Watch a sitcom, read a book of jokes, or go to a comedy show, but do whatever you have to do to get some good laughter going from time to time. Laughing about whatever you find funny is also a great way to relieve stress.
Sweat it Out
Another activity that can help you relieve stress and get fit in the process is exercise. Exercise should definitely be a part of your life, especially as a boss. Becoming more active doesn’t mean that you have to spend two hours every day hashing it out with gym bros. Even taking up a sport that you genuinely enjoy or spending just 30 minutes to walk around your neighborhood can help release endorphins and make you a happier and healthier boss all around.
Nutritious and Tasty Meals
Exercise and good eating habits go hand in hand. Many busy people get into the habit of eating the same boring meals day in and day out because they’re easy to prepare. In the event that you don’t want to eat the same meal-prepped food, you decide on unhealthy take-out. But spending just 10 minutes on designing a delicious meal plan for the week can help you stay healthy and motivated to carry out your fitness goals.
Getting Good Sleep
Everyone who works a regular job loves to sleep. On average, you should be getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, not including naps. While science still doesn’t know exactly why we need to sleep, everyone agrees that you function better when you get your beauty rest. Also, losing sleep constantly reduces your productivity, makes you irritable, and increases your appetite. That sounds like a recipe for an unhappy person who can also become an unhappy boss.
Expand Your Mind
Lastly, it’s important to remember that everyone likes to be challenged to some degree. If you find yourself feeling burned out because of work, try to think back to the passion and reason for starting you had initially. Use that as motivation to expand your knowledge about your field and learn new tips and tricks for success. Going back to school or attending additional training may be just what you need to bring that pep back into your step.