Last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 11:47 am
As a business owner or entrepreneur, you likely know exactly how to take care of your business – whether that relates to attracting new customers or getting your finances in order. But do you take care of your health? The drive and focus required to run a successful company mean that many business owners neglect their own well-being. In fact, according to a recent study:
- Almost 50% of small business owners are worried about their mental health.
- 62% of business owners are stressed on a daily basis
- 51% of business owners have trouble sleeping
With that in mind, here are some simple strategies you can employ to protect your health and well-being as a business owner!
Work on your posture.
Believe it or not, maintaining good posture is about more than appearing professional when interacting with others, as it can also bring forth health benefits. For example, it can reduce back pain and similar muscular complaints. As a result, whether you spend your time sitting behind a desk or meeting clients face-to-face, you must work on your posture.
Take care of your hearing.
Many studies explore the loss of hearing impact on older adults. For example, hearing loss can lead to social isolation, low mood and more. However, it’s something you must work to prevent rather than deal with when the symptoms show up later in life – meaning you must try to protect your hearing now, especially if you work in noisy environments. For example, you should wear hearing protection when necessary and avoid turning up your electronic devices to the highest volume possible.
Another way in which you can protect your health as a business owner is by working to prevent burnout. After all, burnout can lead to a myriad of health issues, such as insomnia and the weakening of your immune system. Despite this, many business owners often try to push through burnout instead of taking a break- which only causes more problems further down the line.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can combat burnout. For example, focusing on growing your team and hiring new staff can help reduce your own workload, meaning that you do not feel quite as much pressure at work. However, the easiest way to combat this is to simply take a break.
Don’t skip your lunch break.
There’s a reason we’re advised to eat three square meals a day. It can help you stay healthy while keeping your body’s metabolism in check. As a result, skipping lunch in favor of staying at your desk could negatively impact your health, leaving you more vulnerable to sickness.
However, you should also ensure that you don’t eat at your desk either (something which 60% of workers claim to do), as your lunch break is supposed to be a break. Whether you give yourself an hour or half an hour – use this time to truly decompress and remove yourself from your work as much as possible. For example, you should step out of the office and go for a walk or use this time to chat with colleagues – don’t use it for admin or checking emails!