As a business owner, your workday doesn't start at 9 am and end at 5 pm. From answering emails, working on your marketing, and managing employees, the hustle doesn't stop when you go home. When work and life blend together, it can be hard to take a step back and take care of yourself.
What you may not realize is that bad self care habits may be hurting your business in the long run. Read on to learn how taking care of yourself can help you run your business in a way that inspires success and growth.
How Stress Affects Productivity
A little bit of stress can be helpful to motivate you to get stuff done. But according to the Yerkes-Dodson law, stress only helps productivity up to a certain point. After that sweet-spot, incremental stress diminishes productivity and impairs performance.
How To Decrease Stress
Try meditation or yoga.
Exercise. Even just a walk around your neighborhood can be a great way to clear your head.
Get outside! Drink your morning tea or coffee on your patio, or get outside for lunch.
Try aromatherapy. Lavender is a great essential oil that promotes wellbeing.
Laugh! Watch a funny TV show or listen to a comedy podcast.
Spend time with loved ones.
How Sleep Affects Productivity
Another area to pay attention to is your quality of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause trouble maintaining attention, decreased alertness, delayed reaction time, dulled perception, altered emotional processing and inability to think clearly. Trying to run a business when you're constantly tired can result in poor business decisions.
How To Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Establish a nighttime routine. Reduce your screen time at night, and reduce your blue light exposure by using blue light glasses.
Ditch your afternoon latte. Having caffeine later in the day can keep you up.
Take a relaxing bath.
Try a nighttime meditation.
Take a slow yoga class to prepare for bed.
Make your bedroom comfortable. Invest in a good mattress, pillow, and sheets.
Turn down the temperature. Studies show that a cooler environment can improve sleep quality.
How Movement Affects Productivity
Regular exercise doesn't just have numerous health benefits - it can also affect your performance at your business. It can help you keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age, and improve your mental health and mood.
How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Day
Take the farthest parking spot.
Find an exercise you enjoy.
Play sports with friends.
Dance around your house
Clean! Even boring chores can get you up and moving.
Invest in a step tracker and aim for 10,000 steps a day.
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