Keeping It Tight & Right for Entrepreneurs
Keeping it Tight & Right For Entrepreneurs
by Margo Barton
Being an entrepreneur (especially as a woman, with more to prove) can sometimes seem to take over
your life. But taking time each day to care for yourself is so important, especially as an entrepreneur.
Long hours, lack of sleep and even working from home can be detrimental to one’s general feeling of
well-being. Follow these five tips to keep yourself “tight and right”:
1. Work out at least several days per week. Even better, try to get in some form of movement every day
(at least doing some simple stretches). Personally, I prefer Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga. I’ve never been
athletic and get bored on the treadmill, but this yoga is fun and something anyone can do. Exercising is
good for mood and promotes good sleep, among other things.
2. Eat right. This is, of course, easier said than done. But it can be done. When I was younger, I didn’t pay
much attention to what I ate…now my body isn’t so forgiving. Start by finding healthy foods that you
actually enjoy eating. For me, breakfast is often a green apple with reduced fat peanut butter or plain
yogurt with fruit and almonds. Start by swapping just a couple of unhealthy meals per week with healthy
ones. Websites such as www.self.com make this easier with things such as daily e-mails of healthy
dinner ideas. Continue to make small changes every couple of weeks (order wheat crust on your pizza;
drink hot tea instead of coffee). Incorporating a healthy diet takes time, so don’t get discouraged if you
slip up. And, of course, let yourself splurge every so often. I drink white wine several times a week and
3. Stay consistent. This is what I would consider to be the key to exercise and staying healthy (and
maybe the hardest part). You’ve got to make these things a habit (the first two weeks tend to be the
hardest with anything new). At the beginning of each week, schedule your workouts for the entire week
and try not to stray from that schedule. If I miss more than a week of exercising, I tend to get sore.
4. Surround yourself with healthy things. One of my tricks for healthy eating is only buying healthy foods
when I’m at the grocery store. If I have junk food in my kitchen, I’m going to eat it. Don’t let yourself be
tempted. Once I’m home, I’m too tired to go out for food so I’ll eat what I have. This goes for people too.
My co-workers often go out for lunch at places with no healthy options, such as Mexican restaurants.
Although I don’t like to eat alone, on those days I do.
5. Find time at least once a month to do a mental health check. Whether this be doing meditation,
reading a book or even seeing a therapist, this will help keep you from feeling burnt out or overwhelmed
as far as the business goes. PS: ignore the old stigma that seeing a therapist means you’re crazy; a
therapist helps with self-awareness and stress management, and all the successful people I know see or
have seen one.
Having your own business is a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to take over your life!
About Margo Barton:
Margo is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about all things related to well-being and inspiration. She previously worked at two non-profits doing social work and taught English in Argentina. She is next considering being a counselor.
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