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7 Habits of a Healthy Business Owner

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7 Habits of a Healthy Business Owner

What does it take to be at the top of your game?

Business owners, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), leaders; we all face similar challenges in life. Limited time, constant demands, juggling business and family commitments, all which often culminate in a lack of quality sleep and poor nutrition choices.

Does any of that resonate with you? It certainly did for me, and this is why I started my journey to turn this around. The hardest part was getting off that constant merry-go-round, to let go, trust my choices and take the time to work on ‘me’.

The seven habits of a healthy business owners (CEOs and anyone else that wants to be at their best):

1. Relationships.

Have a clear understanding of what is important in your life. Consciously set time aside to nurture your relationships with the people that matter in your life. Structure in date nights, children’s sport, long weekends, everything around family and friends into your diary.

What’s the point of working long hours and achieving financial success if you suddenly realise those that you love are no longer there?

2. Diet.

Sugar is the silent killer in our western society. Since deleting sugar from my diet, I have more clarity, in fact, it feels like I’ve lifted myself out of a brain fog. Eat lots of fresh plant-based foods and proteins such as fish, chicken and legumes. Limit your red meat intake and enjoy full-fat natural yoghurt with fresh berries.

3. Exercise.

Never underestimate the value of going for a brisk walk, jog, swim or yoga; whatever form of exercise you enjoy, or at least feel okay about. Mix it up, try new forms and do it at least every other day. If you don’t currently do any exercise, please start now. Exercise is a critical tool for stress management and even anti-ageing. For me, when I do my daily exercise my mind clears, and some of my best ideas sprout.

4. Hydration.

Start and finish your day with a glass of water, try adding some lemon or lime or maybe some apple cider vinegar. Make this a habit and always take a water bottle with you where ever you go. Aim for around two litres of water per day, and you will definitely notice a difference once you become well hydrated.

Alcohol, on the other hand, is full of sugar and dehydrates you. If you have regular alcohol try and reduce your consumption and think about better choices such as red instead of white wine. Mix with soda water instead of sweet sugary sodas. Since I have eliminated (nearly all) alcohol I feel amazing.

5. Sleep.

A good night’s sleep, every night is recommended. Everyone is different; I need eight hours whereas some people only need around seven. Find what’s good for you. Sleep deprivation (and I’m sure we’ve all experienced it) plays havoc with every part of your life. Even an afternoon nap can work wonders.

6. Mindset

Be present with whomever you are speaking with, make eye contact and listen. Stop your mind wandering and really listen. There is a reason why we have two ears and one mouth. Try not to take work home or if you must, consciously put the time aside for you to be present in your home life.

Refuse to let negativity into your thoughts and when you feel overloaded take the steps to reduce this. Learn to be a great time manager.

7. Advice.

Having a mentor that you trust is incredibly important. Every business person needs a mentor. Mentors need mentors. Sometimes you can be too close to a problem and having a trusted person to bounce ideas with can save you lost time and even money.

You only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last you a life time. It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate 10, 20 and 30 years from now. – Warren Buffett

I would love to hear your thoughts on my seven habits of a healthy business owner, and if you would like to know more, I am happy to share more of my journey to good health with you.

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