So you decided to become an entrepreneur. We can hardly blame you, it has a lot of perks. You are your own boss, you make your own hours, and all the choices you make are yours, and yours alone. Furthermore, and let’s be honest here, the potential amount of money, when compared to the level of freedom you have, is much better.
However, being an entrepreneur obviously has its issues. Most of these are centre around stress and health. The long hours and the responsibility you take on takes its toll. For this reason, you should approach this aspect cautiously. If you started your own business, you must have planned things out, and prepared properly – so why not do the same for your health? Below you can find some tips on how to stay healthy and safe as an entrepreneur.
Take care of your body
A healthy body is require for a healthy mind. Remember, you will face serious challenges and difficulties as an entrepreneur, and you need to actual survive them. If you’re healthy, you can handle much more.
First of all, with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you will strengthen your immune system. This means you will get sick less often, giving you more time to focus on your work. Next, you will have more energy in general, which you can invest in running your business.
Try to get at least an hour of exercise every other day. Take walks as often as you can, eat lots of vegetables, avoid fast food and processed nonsense. Lower your standards – if you can’t exercise for an hour, to half an hour. If you can’t do that, do 15 minutes. Anything, just as long as it gets your heart pumping, and your blood running.
Create safety nets
First of all, you’re an entrepreneur – risk is just a part of your life. You will be the one behind the wheel, responsible for wherever the company goes. However, there are some safety nets you can set up, things that can protect you if things start going under. These should serve as a method of giving some wind into your sails.
Namely, you want to focus on running your business, not obsess with everything that can go wrong. This means you should get some things to work for you. Get some extra cash in the bank, just in case. Live below your means, even if everything is going swimmingly. If you work in a field where your employees can get hurt, have a professional work injury lawyer on call, just in case. This is to protect them, and you. As a bonus, having a work injury lawyer on retainer will make you more attractive to millennial employees, because they will appreciate an employer who cares about their health and safety.
Stress is the mind-killer
Stress is the mind-killer, the thing that saps your energy, makes you be afraid of making a choice, and ruins your health. You should do everything you can minimize it.
First of all, try to maintain a good work-life balance. This means don’t become a slave to your work. Know that your work will be the primary focus of your life, at least at the beginning. This however doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do everything in your power to have at least a semblance of a life outside of your company. Try to make time to see friends and family at least once a week. Force yourself to have one day per week where you don’t do anything tied to work.
Next, you need a good outlet, a physical one if possible. Work out, hit the gym, go for a jog, do yoga – anything that gets you moving, and that you find fun. However, the point here is to get some mental release. Whatever helps you relax, you should find at least 30 minutes for it every day – reading, mediation, video games, half an hour of Netflix…
Find a mentor
Finally, find a mentor or two. People who have gone through the same things you have, entrepreneurs and business owners that you know and respect. They don’t even necessary have to be in the same field you are (though this is highly preferable). What you need here is advice on how to stay sane and healthy. They can advise you what they did, where they made mistakes, which mistakes can be avoided, which are necessary for growth. A mentor must have picked up some tricks and tips to make the most out of their time, and to really develop themselves as people and as entrepreneurs.
Being an entrepreneur is exciting, but it also carries a heavy toll on the body and the mind. Namely, you’re in a position of great authority and responsibility. This obviously brings lot of stress, work, and the and the disappearance of your free time. If you want to keep your sanity and your health, while still being successful, you need to keep a couple of things in mind. Get some mentors who can give you advice on how to handle this kind of life. Try to take care of your body as much as possible, and to set up a proper work-life balance.
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