Do you want a better work-life balance? If so, you’re not alone. A recent Business News Daily article on healthy work-life relationships found that all generations of workers value a good work-life balance. However, only 50% of women in a 2021 HBR survey took active steps to maintain this balance, even if virtually every respondent described their work as exhausting. Read on How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as a Busy Entrepreneur.
Busy entrepreneurs may stick with the hustle culture to achieve their business goals, but this is unproductive in the long run. Overwork can lead to poor mental and physical health, and the right work-life balance means prioritizing both your wellness and business success. Thankfully, there are ways that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle even while working. Here’s a closer look below.
How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as a Busy Entrepreneur
Walk whenever possible
Research finds that even a five-minute walk can effectively lower blood pressure. Make it a habit to go for a midday walk during slow hours or take the stairs instead of the elevator. To help build this routine, check out apps like Fitness that are already built into mobile devices like your Apple Watch or iPhone. Fitness includes an audio-guided walking workout that schedules your walks for you, and even has built-in recordings of famous stars like Dolly Parton to help encourage you to keep up with the workout!
Prioritize meal times
You’ll naturally need fuel to accomplish your daily tasks. An entrepreneur’s lifestyle can be busy, but this is all the more reason to prioritize meal times and proper nutrition.
Follow a simple nutrition plan and make it a habit to meal prep on a weekly basis. Even with sudden schedule changes, meal prepping means that eating healthily is easier than ever. The general rule of thumb suggests dividing your calorie intake into 35% healthy fat, 40% protein, and 25% carbohydrates.
Enlisting the services of a third-party organization can help you maximize your time, especially if you hope for more personalized nutrition tips. The customized weight loss programs available at WeightWatchers make healthy eating simpler by providing users with a meal plan that’s tailored to their lifestyle and health goals. Busy entrepreneurs can thus rest assured knowing that they’re properly supporting their bodies during tough work periods.
Create self-care work policies
As an entrepreneur, you have an appropriate amount of control over your business operations. As we’ve discussed previously in Strategies For Self-Care, you can take advantage of this control by making self-care a standard at work. This means creating a culture where workloads are manageable, leaves are encouraged, and mental health is a priority.
Your employees will thank you, and this employee satisfaction can eventually translate into workplace productivity. This culture is especially great for making balanced schedules and ensuring that workloads are appropriate and business owners and employees are properly rested.
Rest for productivity
Modern hustle culture glorifies long working hours and associates time off with laziness. It’s important to reframe this mindset and start understanding rest as essential to your business goals. Rest allows your body and brain to recharge, whereas sleep deprivation can impair judgment and lead to lower concentration. This can make you more susceptible to critical mistakes.
Hustle culture can be deeply ingrained in our habits, so start simple. Try setting boundaries with a work phone or laptop that you can set aside while you’re at home. Otherwise, try signing up for a sleep-tracking app like SleepScore or Sleep Cycle. These apps provide visual representations of your sleep trends and patterns, allowing you to monitor your rest periods and adjust accordingly.
These tips are just a few of How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as a Busy Entrepreneur. Be patient with your progress, and don’t forget to check out our other useful guides for busy entrepreneurs at Women On Topp, where we strive to elevate women in their careers, businesses, lives, and beyond.
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