Key Actions of Successful Entrepreneurs
Eat a Healthy Diet
When your time is money, we know how tempting it is to grab a quick bite to eat, like fast food, and get straight back to work. You may even push yourself so hard that, by the end of the day, you realize you’ve only eaten one little meal and some junk food. Eating complete, healthy meals is so important for your body to be able to create the energy it needs to function properly and give you the boost to conquer the day. And, while most people love their meat and carbs, be sure you’re also getting a fair share of vegetables and fruits to get the vitamins and nutrients your body craves. You may also want to take a multivitamin in case you have trouble meeting the daily recommended amounts. When you’re running short on time, eat healthy snacks to give you added energy, like nuts, yogurt, cheese, and dried fruits.
Unwind with Your Favorite Activities to Recharge
“Book time, well in advance, to be away from everything,” advised Alfred DeCarolis, owner of the luxurious Casa Teresa in Costa Rica. “Without a plan to relax and decompress, I simply wouldn’t get around to the business of taking care of myself.”
So, set aside time at the end of the day to unwind with what you like doing best. That could be relaxing on your porch with a glass of wine, watching your favorite TV show, spending quality time with your family, or simply lying in bed with a good book or watching some videos on your phone.
However, choosing to relax before hitting the hay is an important step that can help you fall asleep faster and get a more restful night’s sleep. Otherwise, you might lay in bed for an hour or so thinking about the day or what you need to get done tomorrow. Decompress so you can rejuvenate for tomorrow’s activities. In fact, DeCarolis mentions, “I’ve found that I’m so refreshed by the time I return to my regular work activities, I’m actually ahead of the curve as a result of the time I took for myself.”
Related reading: “5 Simple Keys to a Healthier, Vibrant Life”
Make Exercise a Habit
Depending on what your business is, and what specific roles you play in the daily operations, you may already get more steps or physical labor in a day than the average person. An easy way to check how many steps you’ve taken is to use a step counter app on your cell phone. iPhones and many Android phones come standard with health apps that will automatically record your daily steps taken and let you see a weekly graph report. But if you’re spending most of your time sitting in front of a computer, you will want to set aside time each day to get out and walk, run on a treadmill, go for a bike ride, or do another cardio activity that will benefit your body and mental health. Exercising outside can be especially helpful for recharging your mental state, as you reconnect with nature.
Related reading: "Easy Yoga Stretches to Do Right at Your Desk"
When almost everything to do with your business is dependent on you, it can be hard to relax and take time out of your day for self-care. But when you run yourself down to push the hours in the day, it can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Do yourself a favor and put yourself as a top priority alongside your business. A little me-time and self-care won’t kill your entrepreneurial dreams.
Related reading: "Self-Care Is Foundational to a Healthy and Happy Life."
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