Your business is your baby and you devote every minute of every day to nurturing and growing it. But have you forgotten yourself in the process?
Earlier on this year I was admitted into hospital due to stress and anxiety; and after coming out of hospital I had to reevaluate what I was doing and what I wanted for my life going forth.
Being hospitalised wasn’t on that list. I started thinking about the many reasons why I ended up in that situation.
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We all have a different work ethic; we all have our own productivity levels; we may work slower or faster than others. But overall, we put the necessary hours into our respective jobs. Although we all go to different lengths to achieve our individual outputs, we always need to take a break in and between our busy schedules.
What you do on the left, you need to do on the right. Creating balance is always key when you are an entrepreneur. You often go hours or days without relaxing or taking care of yourself.
One needs to always take time out, whether away from your machine or away from the office, to realign or simply take a break. Taking a break from work doesn’t mean you are lazy, it means that you recognise that your body and mind need to rest and rejuvenate.
Plan your days and set a regiment that will help you work at your optimal. Use your time wisely so that you achieve all the things that you want to on that particular day.
Take care of you
If you’re going to work hard, then you need to play hard too. Take a walk, spend time with family, go out with your friends, and watch movies. We often take for granted the amount of time that we concentrate on our individual jobs or businesses. But what we take for granted even more is the time that we should take to realign with what our goals are why we get up and what we go to work for.
Excercising is free, you don’t need to have a gym membership. You can simply take a walk. Stroll in the park with your kids or family or friends, take your dog for a walk, smell the roses.
People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers, exercising can relieve stress too. Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It's essential if you want to live a healthy, fulfilling and balanced life into old age.
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It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night's sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.
Create goals for yourself that you are comfortable with and are willing to achieve. Self-gratification goes a long way in making you feel better about the work that you are doing. Set realistic goals that you know you can achieve.