Here are 5 easy ways entrepreneurs can take care of themselves:
Yes, it seems like you have no time to exercise, but it's so important to your mental and physical well-being. Mornings are a great time to get up and moving, and working out in the morning has been shown to improve productivity for up to 10 hours. Walk or jog around the neighborhood, do a short yoga video or sign up for a class at your nearest gym. Just get moving!
2. Keep healthy snacks close by
When it's 2:00 P.M. and you realize you haven't eaten anything yet today, what do you do? If you're like most people, you grab the easiest thing you can find, which might be something of the frozen variety or fast food. Junk food isn't just bad for your waist line. It can also negatively impact your ability to think clearly, making you tired and groggy instead of energized. Keep healthy snacks stocked close by instead. Nuts, veggies, fruit and cheese are all simple snacks that will satisfy your hunger and keep you focused for the rest of the day.
3. Take a vacation
You heard me. Shut off your phone, turn off your laptop and take a vacation. This step can happen once you have someone at the office you trust to keep things running, of course. Once that happens, take advantage of it by getting away. Even a three day weekend to a city two hours away can do wonders for your mental clarity.
4. Schedule time with your loved one
As hard and demanding as your schedule is on you personally, it can be even worse for your spouse and your children. Schedule time with your loved ones (even if you don't tell them you're officially scheduling it), and make sure they're the focus of your attention during these times. Put it on your calendar, if you need to, to make sure you aren't being bothered by anyone at the office.
How you spend your time is up to you. It can be as simple as dedicating a half hour every night to read to your kids and tuck them in or scheduling a recurring babysitter once a week so you can take your spouse out for some much needed one-on-one time.
As cliche as it sounds, laughter truly is good medicine. It's a stress reliever and can soothe tension throughout your body. So take some time everyday to laugh. This can be watching a sitcom at night, listening to a funny podcast every day or making time to get together with friends regularly.
Being an entrepreneur is hard work, which is why you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself in addition to your business. For help with your business bookkeeping and payroll, get in touch today!