MANAGING YOUR HEALTH AS AN ENTREPRENEUR
“The first wealth an individual should preserve is such individual’s health”. And it worths to note that if one is not healthy such person will not enjoy his or her wealth,so it becomes a necessity for us as an entrepreneur to take good and adequate care of our health for us to enjoy our wealth.Being healthy attracts different meaning to different people,to some,so far they can attempt their normal daily routine,they count it as being healthy regardless of how efficient they were.In a bid to having a generalized definition of health,we will define it as the metabolic and functional efficiency level of a living organism.The ability of individuals or communities to manage themselves and adapt to different mental,physical,social or spiritual changes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health in its broader sense in its 1948 constitution as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Did u notice the latter part of W.H.O’s definition? It means that health is a continuum and must be properly catered for. It is a challenge to be an entrepreneur as every day is full of constant battle with doubts and uncertainties of how things will be. To be an entrepreneur entails finding solutions to pending problems that rakes in cash into your pocket from whatever sector you chose to operate. It is expedient to actively make yourself a bigger priorty than your business. As an entrepreneur, never fail to realize that you are your business. If you do not take care of yourself and do things every day that refills the tank with little extra gas, then you are dooming yourself and your business to fail and as well burnout.
Here are just a few things one can do every day to manage one’s health as an entrepreneur so as to be able to succeed at the highest level in ones business and in life:
1. Get enough sleep
3. Keep a healthy diet
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is one of the important things you can do to keep your body healthy. Quality and sufficient sleep as well is one of the most important things to improve health. Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just giving boost to your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. Quality sleep improves memory. It enhances consideration and focus. Sleep as well help in maintaining a healthy weight. Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. When you sleep, you can strengthen memories or practice skills learned while you were awake (it is called consolidation). With the way God design humans and sleeping structures, its importance can never be over emphasised. Even the scripture recorded that God Himself rest. If you as an entrepreneur is not getting enough sleep, you will be living each day like you are already dead. Have you ever wondered why drivers do have stop over especially when going on a long distance? It is to allow the engine to rest, how much more humans system. There have been a number of studies in recent years that shows how prolonged sleep deprivation is detrimental to ones health. Just a few of the effects include slower decision making, lower memory capacity, inability to solve problems, a weakened body and immune system (making you more susceptible to illness, injury and other opportunistic diseases) and even an increased risk of obesity .What we are communicating here is clear : ensure you get enough sleep and make sure it’s quality sleep too.
Like getting sufficient sleep, regular exercise should be a higher priority than even your business. Exercise is medicine, it relieves one from diseases that progresses slowly and all chronic health problems,it is not expensive and has no side effects. So it is important for entrepreneurs to exercise so as to add more years to life and more life to years. Regular exercise releases endorphins and all sorts of other necessary and wonderful chemicals into your body that increase your levels of happiness and improve your ability to perform daily tasks. Exercise has also been proven over time to help one live a longer healthier life. Some of its importance include:
1. Weight control
2. It helps Combat health and disease conditions
3. Regular exercise improves mood and;
4. It boosts energy and so on…
Keep a healthy diet
One of the most underrated and biggest factors that affects your coordination, thinking, focus, mood, productivity, and health is the food you consume. I will love to dwell more on this aspect because it actually encompasses the other points we’ve discussed earlier i.e If one eat well, such person will sleep well. And if healthy diet is taken always, one will do less exercise compared to someone who consume junks and still live a sedentary lifestyle. There is an old adage which says “you are what you eat.” The truth is that everything you ingest affects the way your body function and how it performs either negatively or positively. When you eat healthfully, your body processes the nutrients and maximizes them for optimal health and energy. It becomes problem for one to think well, sleep well, love well, coordinate well, socialize well if such as not dined well.
There is no better way to put it because good nutrition(good food) is the foundation of any lifestyle that is healthy and your productivity level is affected by the food you eat in more ways that surpass your imagination. Research has revealed that workers who consume unhealthy diets stands a higher level of decrease work-out put when compared to those who feed on good diets. Poor nutrition that comes often in form of empty calories doesn’t give your body the energy that you need. Overall well-being as well as productivity suffer as a result of unhealthy diets. To elaborate, here are a few benefits of maintaining a healthy diet.
1. Healthy diets keeps you mentally and physically active. The necessary nutrients that is present in your food are essential to carry out your body’s metabolic process without which your physical health can decline.
2. Healthy diets also play an important role in improving the mental health. Carbohydrates and fats when properly consumed helps in improving mental functions and enhance sharp thinking, thereby allowing you as an entrepreneur to think of better ways to handle work challenges. However, it is important to distinguish between fatty foods and carbohydrates that are inimical to your health.
3. Healthy diets fuels your performance. Just as your vehicle needs a consistent supply of fuel to run smoothly and efficiently, your body also requires fuel in the form of food to perform optimally. Humans are likened to machine,an organic one whose operational ways consist of distinct functions and several other processes that are complex. And the right amount of good food gives you the energy you need to perform to the best of your abilities.(Striking a balance between energy intake and energy expenditure).
4. Healthy diets helps you lead a well-balanced life. When you eat a good meal,it has a way of affecting your sleeping pattern positively, thereby allowing you to come up with more creative and effective ideas while you are awake. And of course, having healthy food habits can keep you physically fit, which in turn sustains and develops your mental well-being.
Poor dietary habits can lead to:
Reduction in mental effectiveness, causes fatigue, increase stress level, causes irritability, reduce energy levels, reduction in thinking ability, decreases your ability to effeciently and effectively perform your job.
Apart from sedentary lifestyle, another cause of obesity for most people is unhealthy diets, meanwhile obesity is viewed as the mother of all diseases, it gives room for other opportunistic diseases and note that the larger your waist line, the shorter your lifespan.
Summarily,as an entrepreneur, ensure you sleep well,eat good food and do exercise regularly.