When you’re just starting a home business, you’ll be so focused on establishing it and will be attending to so many things that it seems 24 hours is not enough to get things done for the day. Pressure can build up quickly, which contributes to stress. When you’re stressed, you’ll become irritable, have difficulty concentrating and may even lose sleep. If you’re not careful, your health will also suffer. There is such a thing as life-work balance, and knowing this will help you be stress-free and in shape. Here are some tips.
1. Be physically active
In order to prevent health problems, it is important to keep moving, eat right and on time and has regular sleep and exercise. You do not have to hit the gym to be physically active. You can pursue online training services, such as workout blogs or on-demand training services. In order to fight the day-to-day lethargy, you would want to stand up while taking conference calls, walk around your office while you’re on the phone; stretch your legs while seated; stretch your back, your arms and your hands or roll your shoulders and your neck while reading documents. Physical movement will help your circulation and prevent your muscles from going numb after sitting in front of your computer for a few hours.
2. Follow Steve Jobs’ routine
When you’re too busy, taking time off to go to the gym or fitness club can be a hassle. But getting a bit of exercise helps free you from stress. So emulate Steve Jobs, Harry Truman, Sigmund Freud and Aristotle and have walking meetings. It can be very productive and you and your staff can enjoy a bit of the sunshine and fresh air as well. It is also a great way to spend your brainstorming session while walking since you can get inspiration outside of the office and may even meet potential investors and clients.
3. Identify the activity you love doing
To help you get some needed exercise, it is good to find something that is a little more exciting than running on a treadmill or doing squats and crunches. It will be easier to keep to an exercise routine when you love what you’re doing. You might want to join a dance class, or take nature walks, cycle or join a recreational sports league.
4. Consider automation
Even if your business is small, starting out right is crucial. There are several applications that can help automate routine processes to help reduce stress. When your business is streamlined, your business efficiency increases, reducing the amount of problems you have to tackle. For example, if your business deals with a wide assortment of products, consider an inventory tracking system, which will not only automate a task that requires too many details, it will also free up some of your staff to do other tasks such as attending to customers.
5. Take a break
This may come as a shock because you’ll immediately think that you simply cannot afford to take a break due to the amount of work to be done. However, you’ll realize that actually taking a break from work can make you more efficient. Having a short break will make you think clearer, focus better and see the direction you need to take to make your business grow. When you’re too focused on your business, you’ll have tunnel vision, which narrows your focus and might even lead to missing out on opportunities. Take 30 minutes or an hour off work. Have lunch with your staff or with your friends. Spend the time to find new inspiration and ideas.
Being stress-free and in shape while managing your home business is a matter of choice. If you know the benefits of being physically active, you’ll see to it that you can fit in even a 30-minute exercise routine in your daily schedule.