An apple a day keeps the doctor away and the entrepreneur in shape. Entrepreneurs are steadily creating, promoting their brands and all the kind of things entrepreneurs do. So while it is important to have a good life as a perfect reflection of success, it is also important to be healthy. Staying alive gives you the opportunity to spend the money you have made. The study of entrepreneurship would teach you rules of engaging in this discipline, it would also teach that rule number 10 focuses on entrepreneurial health. Hence, 10 tips to keep an entrepreneur healthy.
The most common problems people who do a lot of work come up with are not even work related. Stress accounts for most of the entrepreneurial health problems. Healthy entrepreneurs should not make this mistake; from getting the minimum amount of sleep, excessive sitting to poor diet.
Entrepreneurs should also find time to partake in certain activities that boost their mental and physical health
It is important to keep the entrepreneur in shape and the doctor away. The bite of the apple in this context is every step an entrepreneur takes towards being healthy. These 10 tips to keep an entrepreneur healthy would go a long way in keeping business owners in the right frame of mind to keep the business going.
1) Improve What You Eat
It’s critical to develop good eating habits. Focusing on junk food while working or rather roadside foods is not the best. An entrepreneur must take this tip seriously. You are a product of what you eat: your weight, height, and even your level of energy.
Eating hours also matter; eating at odd times like midnight or 1pm affects your weight. This is also serious because an entrepreneur needs to always be on the move. If you eat properly, you move faster.
2) Have A sleep Schedule
The human body needs at least 8 hours of sleep each day. While some entrepreneurs are night crawlers, others happen to be early birds. Whatever kind of human you are, structure your working pattern in a way so you sleep at a certain time and wake up at another.
For example if you always sleep at 8 pm and wake up by 4 am to continue your work, at 8 pm every day your body would be expecting a rest that would end by 4 am. The body respects the sleep pattern the entrepreneur has decided to take. Although, when you pick a pattern, try and stick to it.
3) Take A Break and Move Around
The law of entropy advises entrepreneurs to draw energy from their surroundings/environment. Entrepreneurs most times work for hours engaging in their businesses, which gets the bills paid. Entrepreneurs work for long hours, probably sitting in one position or moving around a selected area. It is important that you take a break to stretch parts of your body. One needs to breathe a different kind of oxygen there by refreshing your mind to orchestrate new ideas. Take a walk from work; it’s important.
4) Do light exercises
I know you were probably wondering when we would get to this part. Exercises directly reflect a whole section of keeping in shape. Well, we are here now and things haven’t changed much in that regard; humans still need to exercise. Entrepreneurs can do light jogs around the house. If possible it would go a long way for one to own a treadmill or any small devices for working out. Exercising is the king of a healthy metabolism. The benefits of exercising are as huge as a new version of Longman’s dictionary. If you stand a lot to gain from being an entrepreneur, then you should be exercising.
5) Get A Message
This is closely related to exercising in terms of physical health. Getting a massage helps entrepreneurs relax and feel good. After long weeks of executing deals, steady interaction with executives, or even developing a new product, it is important you find time to relax. One of the best ways to relax is to get a massage, go to a spa if necessary. Spas are cheap, hence, something you can afford. Money well spent isn’t a waste of funds. However, if you are entitled to such activities at home, why not? After all, your home is your space.
In-between jobs everyday try to make out time to communicate with you. Communication with people matters a lot and so does talking to yourself. Meditation can be done in 30 minutes or an hour. It all depends on the amount of time allocated to it, which can be based on interest.
Play mellow music, sit in a comfortable yoga position, and reflect. Think of what you have done, where you are, and where you are headed. It is good to connect with your inner self and strength. Meditating is an important step to take for your mental health which is also important. So talk to yourself; it works.
7) Take Weekend Vacations
Reserving the weekend for yourself is not too much to ask for.
Resting your mind and most importantly having fun aren’t outdated. All work and no play makes jack a dull entrepreneur. So make out time with your family and friends to have fun. It may not be every weekend, but once in a while. It is important to spend time out. Don’t be all about work every time. Please have fun; you need it
8) Take A Walk and Communicate With People
We already stated the importance of taking a break to move around. We also talked about communicating with yourself. It is also good to take a walk and communicate with business partners, friends, and even family members. Some of the greatest ideas and innovations were born out of normal conversations. It’s however not about communicating with just anybody; the target is people who have a lot to bring to the table intellectually. Communicate with people that make you better with every talk. So take a walk and talk to those kinds of people.
9) Drink More Water
It is often said drinking water makes you mind your business because you would be too busy peeing. Well, drinking more water keeps you healthy in many ways. Peeing much of the liquid is one of the benefits of drinking water. Water also keeps you hydrated.
Hydration is related to almost every task the body carries out. “Water no get enemy” according to popular Nigerian Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. So embrace the culture and drink more water.
10) Be More Social (smile)
This isn’t even related to taking a walk or getting ideas from talking to business partners. This is simply serving a compliment to a young lady on the other side of the road: “nice cologne” or telling the gentleman wearing a “Black Tuxedo” how amazing he looks this morning. These little things go a long way in making sure people have a splendid day. Being happy is underrated, because a happy man is a healthy man. So give more compliments and smile when you receive one. Being social is good for your health and the health of others.
There you go: 10 tips to keep an entrepreneur happy and healthy.
Entrepreneurs need to key into a healthy lifestyle. It is great to have money and all kinds of success but good health is golden. It is more often said that “health is wealth”, as being healthy can make the path to success smoother. So stay in shape.