One of the downsides of running your own business is no sick days, no off days. Not that anyone will question you (Hello! You own the business!), but seriously can you even think of spending time in bed on a regular workday? I thought not. After all, it is your baby and sure, you have a great and reliable team but what if someone chooses your sick day to mess things up? You know how that feels.
So your only option- do all that you can to ensure you don’t fall sick. Eat well and live well.
Eating healthy is important. Your immune system, your energy levels, your general health are all dependent on what you eat. Swap your greasy snacks for healthier alternatives. Include proteins, green leafy vegetables (I love saying that!), fruits and starch in your diet. Drink plenty (I can’t stress that enough) plenty of water. Maintaining a balanced diet cannot be ignored.
So what comes next in line? Exercise and sleep, of course. You don’t have to hit the gym if you don’t want to. Contrary to popular belief, studies show that 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days/ week, like a brisk walk or a jog, is sufficient to get your heart pumping.
You know why business owners have a hard time sleeping? Because they just cannot shut down, but sleep is important. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest health problems of this generation. Sleep is when your body rests and catches up with itself. Lack of sleep causes memory problems, affects creativity and attentiveness, lowers performance, increases stress, causes depression and weight gain. So it goes without saying that if you want to be healthy, you have to get some shut eye. The best way to wind down for sleep- shut off all electronic devices and your TV at least an hour earlier and read a book.
Whether you are a business owner or not, you need time for yourself. So clear your schedule and make some time for yourself every day if possible. The best way to do this is to delegate non core business tasks like bookkeeping or account receivable management to others. If not, you can consider outsourcing to account receivable management or bookkeeping firms.
Remember that you cannot do it all. Prioritise your tasks, delegate work and take care of yourself.