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Health Habits for Entrepreneurial Success

Self-care and Entrepreneurship

Like most children, mine responded most enthusiastically to object lessons. One of my favorites was when I asked the kids to hold an apple in one hand and a small bag of sugar in another. Then I would have them resist my pushing down on each arm. The response was always the same; the arm holding the sugar always gave out faster than the one holding the apple.

As the saying goes, "the body keeps score," meaning that if we don't take care of our bodies, it will eventually lead to health issues. Numerous studies and personal experiences support this notion, including my little object lesson, making it even more important than the effort we put into building our careers. I’ll say that again. Caring for our physical and mental well-being is more important than building our careers. For entrepreneurs, prioritizing self-care is non-negotiable.

There was a client I coached who always had the sniffles. His compromised immune system was a result of long hours, stress, and a low level of physical activity. This not only hindered his work performance but also created a vicious cycle where work pressure further degraded his health. This is a clear example of how neglecting self-care can directly impact an entrepreneur's ability to be fully present and perform at their best. It's important to remember that building a successful business requires optimal health.

As a coach for CEOs, I always delve into the health plan of my clients to ensure essential health hygiene topics are addressed. Some clients have made dramatic changes to their lives, such as engaging in MMA training at a gym, while others have focused on consistent healthy eating and wellness plans. Finding a plan that we enjoy and can stick with is crucial. It's not about following a one-size-fits-all approach but rather tailoring the plan to our individual preferences and needs.

In addition to physical health, mental health should also be a priority. It's essential to make time to relax and get away from our usual work and home surroundings. Stepping out of the city and away from distractions allows us to truly unwind and recharge. Whether it's going to the mountains, wilderness, forest, or a tranquil lake, finding a place where we can disconnect from our devices and reflect in peace is invaluable. If such a place is not accessible, finding a neutral area where we can escape mental distractions is equally important.

Interestingly, a survey conducted in 2022 revealed that 60% of people in the US don't even have a full hour of outdoor time per day. This statistic highlights how disconnected we have become from nature even when embracing and spending more time outdoors is crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing. Incorporating relevant exercises and practices into our routines on a regular basis is key to maintaining good health. Learning new skills or systems that benefit our work and enrich our lives can also be an effective approach. Whether it's cooking, computer programming, learning a new language, or playing a new sport, these activities not only provide mental stimulation but also enhance our overall well-being.

Physical exercise plays a significant role in self-care. Joining a gym that is conveniently located along our daily commute or creating an in-home gym setup are great options. The key is finding a routine that works for us and sticking to it. Truly, anything is better than nothing. Investing time and effort into our physical and mental well-being should not be seen as a waste but rather as an integral part of our success as CEOs. Achieving a harmonious balance between family, physical health, mental breaks, and a focused work ethic is essential for high performance.

Every bit of effort you spend in caring for your overall health will be repaid in full, plus interest! Our bodies and minds are eager to support us. Neglecting our health can have severe consequences, impacting work and life performance. Taking the time to develop a health plan that addresses essential health hygiene topics and incorporating physical and mental health practices into our daily routines is crucial. Being mindful of the interconnectedness between our physical and mental well-being and our success as entrepreneurs will allow for a sustainable career and life.


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