Whether you’re working from home or somewhere else, as a small business owner, it’s important to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s easy to lose track of time throughout the day. Maybe you forget to eat, move around and just take some time to quiet down. You know, get some of that me-time that matters more than you probably realize. So in this post, we’ll go over 5 healthy habits for small business owners (that would be you!) to help keep your well-being a top priority.
Before we start, though, you might wonder why this matters.
Well, when it comes to creativity, productivity, and the ability to focus on your tasks, it helps to operate from a place of well-being. You want to enjoy your work, and you certainly don’t want to experience burnout, fatigue, or discomfort.
You need energy.
Without it, you’re either running on fumes or ready to crash. You make mistakes or overlook epiphanies and moments of inspiration when you feel exhausted and irritated.
No one wants to feel drained. It’s hard to get things done when you’re tired and no longer feel enthusiastic about your projects.
The good news is that with a few tweaks to your daily routine, you can build a long-lasting regimen of easy and simple habits that will help you to stay energized, flexible, focused, and inspired – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
The Top 5 Healthy Habits For Small Business Owners
- Get Up and Move Around
- Take Some Me-Time
- Prepare Healthy Foods In Advance For Your Workday
- Question Your Perspective About Getting Results
- Understand the Difference Between Busyness and Productivity
Get Up And Move Around as Part of Healthy Habits
It can be easy to get lost in your work. Before you know it, the hours rush by while you’ve been sitting at your desk. Your body gets stiff, you feel the pain in your back and legs and it puts a damper on your overall well-being.
The simple remedy to this is to set an alarm for about 5-10 minutes every hour or so to get up and move around.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could walk around for a few minutes to get the blood flowing. Stretching does wonders as well (and it’s incredibly therapeutic).
You could also implement The Pomodoro Technique. This is where you set a timer and work for 25 minutes – then you take a 5-minute break. In those 5 minutes, you walk away from your work and allow yourself a short recharge.
Do this four times for a total of two hours. Then take a 15-30-minute break.
You’ll find dedicated Pomodoro timers online for free. You can also use any timer you have around, including the alarm features on your cell phone.
You’ll be surprised at how focused you’ll be during your work time. You’ll also appreciate the time away since it allows you to recharge and look forward to getting back to work.
Take Some Me-Time for Healthy Habits for Small Business Owners
This might be one of the most underrated tasks when it comes to working for yourself.
Me-time is precious. This pause allows you to remember what is most important in the grand scheme of things.
There would be no business to run without YOU. So with this in mind, it’s beneficial to step away from your work every so often to quiet your mind, reflect on your work or even meditate for a few minutes.
You can use the Pomodoro Technique mentioned above for this. Even the five minutes per cycle would do a world of good.
When you think of healthy habits for small business owners, it’s common to think of your physical body. While this is important, your inner world is just as important (if not more).
So consider scheduling some short breaks to simply quiet your mind. You’ll be surprised at the inspiration that will hit you once your thinking mind is stilled – allowing for a higher Intelligence to provide you with ideas and solutions that your busyness gets in the way of.
Prepare Healthy Foods In Advance For Your Workday
Food is fuel. And the type of fuel we provide for ourselves matters.
When you’re busy, you lose track of time. Your body, however, doesn’t.
You get lost in your projects and before you know it, it’s been hours since you’ve had anything to eat. So you wind up grabbing whatever’s around, which is usually the easiest (but not necessarily the healthiest) thing you can find.When you take the time to prepare healthy foods in advance, it's not only convenient in the long run, but you actually empower yourself. #smallbusinessowners #healthyliving Click To Tweet
I said earlier that food is fuel, but it’s more than that. Food is a form of self-care. Choosing nutrient-dense foods does wonders for your physical body, but it also helps you to take charge of your well-being consciously and deliberately.
So take some time one day to look into some easy recipes using clean and healthy ingredients and pack them for your workday. You can add fun things to salads like seeds & nuts, craisins, feta cheese, fruit (I love strawberries & sunflower seeds in my spinach salads), or check out some recipe channels on YouTube.
Question Your Perspective About Getting Results
So…it may be accurate to say that at least one reason you’re in business is that you want to succeed (at least enough to support yourself and your family), right? That’s completely understandable. I think most of us are in the same boat.
However, there’s a certain equation that can either help or hinder your results. That has to do with focus and how you view success in general.
We all hope our work will result in prosperity. The problems occur when we cling to these results.
When you allow yourself the time, patience, and clarity to be completely immersed in (and in love with) your work, you are focused on the journey. This is where the magic comes in.
In this mind space, you are enthusiastic and empowered. It’s a calming, yet rejuvenating effect that enables intuition and insight to make themselves known to you, which sparks creativity and productivity.
But when you’re focused on results, especially if you NEED these results to show up in a certain way and in a certain time frame, you’re approaching things from a place of fear and lack. This position actually pushes what you desire away from you.
I know this to be true, and if you’d like to learn more about how this works, especially from a successful blogger who always walks his talk, I’d recommend checking out Ryan’s blog over at Blogging From Paradise.
Understand the Difference Between Busyness and Productivity
Busyness is simply the act of doing things. This could include household chores, errands, watching videos (about building your business, of course), straightening out your desk, reconfiguring your smartphone apps, shopping for business supplies online, etc.
All of these things are necessary tasks, but does this really contribute to a productive workday?
Productivity, which may involve being busy, is more about focused intent and its subsequent actions. This is when your actions create the very thing you are looking to contribute to the world, the benefits you have to offer, and the ways you bring this to the people you wish to help.At the end of a busy day, you'll feel tired. At the end of a productive day, you'll feel gratitude. #wordstoliveby #productivity #smallbusiness Click To Tweet
It’s cool to be busy. We all have things to do. Modern life doesn’t run on its own without our help. The food doesn’t prepare itself. The hair doesn’t automatically style itself (oh but how I wish mine did!). And there are those errands…
But when it comes to working on a business or projects related to a business, being focused on the tasks that directly contribute to your end product is what matters.
You discover ways to work smarter when you’re productive whereas when you’re busy, you are only working harder.
In Summary of Healthy Habits for Small Business Owners
I hope these tips inspire you on your journey toward success.
When you remember to:
- pause, move around, and stretch
- enjoy some quiet time
- prepare healthy meals and snacks in advance
- enjoy the journey instead of stressing about results
- be productive rather than just busy
Your workday will be a source of creative inspiration in the healthiest way possible.
Are there any tips on healthy habits for small business owners you’d like to contribute? What works best for you? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.