Taking Care of Your Business and Yourself

Being a business owner, whether for a small company or a large one can be utterly exhausting. After a while, dealing with clients, meetings, budget plans and more can be stress inducing and you may find yourself lacking sleep. Despite wanting to complete as many tasks as possible in a single day, sometimes it’s better to know your limits. As a business owner, the most important investment you put into your company is you and you cannot be the best you if you don’t take care of yourself.

Running a business may be tough, but taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be. With a few simple steps, taking care of your body and health is an easy task, and will turn out to be better for you business in the long run.

The first step in taking care of yourself getting enough sleep during the night. Typically, when people ask how long we should sleep at night, the answer is between 8 and 10 hours. It may seem impossible for a business owner to get that much sleep with so many daily responsibilities. However, according to studies by renowned sleep researcher, Daniel Kripke, there is no real evidence supporting the 8 to 10 hour rule. In his studies, he discovered that “people who sleep between 6.5 to 7.5 hours a night live the longest, are happier, and most productive.” He also noticed that sleeping too much can be detrimental for your health. Though the appropriate sleep time for people can vary from person to person, it’s all about feeling refreshed and well-rested in the morning when you wake up. People who suffer from sleep can get work done, but lose focus much easier than those who get enough sleep.  And when sleep deprived people do lose that focus, it’s hard to regain it back.

The second step is eating healthy and exercising. Ron Pereira, who wrote an article titled “5 Ways to Become a More Productive, Healthy, and Happy Person,” says that no matter what you do for a living, personal productivity matters.  In a study done by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute, researchers quantified how many years of life are gained from being physically active. Harvard Medical School Professor of Medicine I-Min Lee explained:

“We found that adding low amounts of physical activity to one’s daily routine, such as 75 minutes of brisk walking per week, was associated with increased longevity: a gain of 1.8 years of life expectancy after age 40, compared with doing no such activity…Physical activity above this minimal level was associated with additional gains in longevity. For example, walking briskly for at least 450 minutes a week was associated with a gain of 4.5 years. Further, physical activity was associated with greater longevity among persons in all BMI groups: those normal weight, overweight, and obese.”

The final step is to know your limits. It’s always good to know when you’re just too tired or when you need a vacation. Take some time for yourself so you can relax. Find things to keep your stress levels slow, such as meditation, or even a massage. With a good amount of sleep, physical activity, healthy eating habits and taking time to relax, not only will your body be in tip-top shape. Your business will be too.

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