I think all business owners will face this at one point or another. The demands of clients, staff, getting the job done, family at home, it all adds up leaving you with basically no time for yourself; for physical, mental and emotional health; sometimes even for sleep. Been there done that (and didn’t enjoy it at all).
Over my years in business I’ve found a formula that works for me, keeping my baseline of physical, mental and emotional health going. In the video I put together below (as an Instagram Story) I share my process for this. I hope you enjoy it. And feel free to share any of your own tips in the comments section on YouTube.
Video Transcription for the readers:
Business Owner Health – Keeping Strong When Busy
I think one of the things that we all face as business owners are those times when business can sometimes take over our lives a bit. And one of the keys to long-term successful business I think is make sure we keep fit and healthy during these periods. So today, I’m going to share with you my tips for keeping fit and healthy as a business owner during those periods where business encroaches on our personal lives. Is obviously this is not only key to happiness and health but also to business performance and creativity.
I think a really good place to start is, what I do is I look at my routine, my daily routine and I just see if there are subtle changes I can make to my routine that don’t impact my routine that can promote my health, and a great place for me to start is how I get to work. So today, for example instead of driving to work I’m going to ride and no, I’m not gonna wear lycra. Now for most of us this may take a bit of planning. For me, obviously I have client appointments and things like that I need my car for… so I just got to look it up on my calendar and make sure that I acknowledge the days where I don’t need to go do stuff and pick those days to ride.
So, I think the next idea that you can consider as a business owner… is to find an activity of some kind that you love, And maybe go back to the things that you used to do as a kid and used to love doing as a kid to find some inspiration for that. But something that you really love. Because I think that one of the issues with this, you know the idea of going to the gym or running or working-out and exercise, is that it’s still work. You know, unless you have a real, real passion for it, it’s still work.
So I think what actually happens to us as business owners is when things get a bit overwhelming at work, you know, we need a mental break. So what we do is in the rest of our life, is we drop other things that are mentally work for us. So if exercise or going to the gym is actually work for us, as in “the workout”, you know that’s going to be something that we’re going to look to drop when work itself is overwhelming.
So you need to find something that you enjoy so much that when business starts to overwhelm you it gives you that mental break, it doesn’t contribute to your overwhelm, it relieves it. And for me it’s the ocean. Now I’m getting the ocean almost every day.
I’ve always got a pair of boardshorts in my car and this is just because sometimes I’m driving past and it calls, like I need to jump in. And when I’ve got a pair of boardshorts in the car I can. And I do lots of it, I do surfing, surf-lifesaving, ocean kayaking, freediving… I just love it all you know. If I’ve only got 20 minutes, I’ll just go for a swim. But the point is when I come out I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s been a mental break for me.
So find something you love and from there, use your lunch breaks, use every single lunch break get out and hopefully do something that you’re loving. But just use it to get a bit of activity, get the blood moving. And you’ll come back, you come back to work a lot more creative, a lot more problem solving at work.
All right, the next one is super, super simple, In the course of your day-to-day just stop aggressively avoiding walking. It’s amazing how, the extent we go to, to avoid walking. Actually one of the things that I find really, really amusing is shopping centers. You know how we all hustle, hustle, hustle to get the car so close to that front door so we don’t have to walk a single step further between our car and the front door… and then we go through that front door, and proceed to walk for the next three or four hours. It’s pretty funny.
But anyway, one of the things that I I try to do is I try to deliberately and consciously in my day-to-day, park far further away than I have to from the front door of where I’m going. So it just makes me walk a bit further. It doesn’t impact my day or my appointments or anything at all. All it does is mean, it means that my body’s moving and constantly through the day and it just keeps that activity going and it’s a great way just to keep that that basic level of fitness.