The healthiest habits are those we keep doing even if we do not want to. With the constant pressures of everyday work life, business owners worldwide had to hack their way into a healthier life. It is beneficial to have habits, as long as they don't become a vice.
In this list, you will learn ten of the healthiest habits a business owner should do on a daily basis. It might take a little more time to get used to some of them, but there is hope at the end of the road. Experts say you only need two weeks to create a habit, so why not start today?
Healthiest Habits for Business Owners
1. Have Breakfast
All of our lives, we have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is a reason for it. Breakfast is the perfect way to start your day, whether you prefer something lighter like oatmeal or something more delicious like french toast, there are thousands of options you can choose from, and you can even make your own dishes.
The first meal of the day will provide the energy and the motivation you need to start your day, and skipping it may lead to low energy during the day, you will be more sleepy, and it could even lead to an eating disorder if neglected. So, grab a couple of eggs out of the basket and make yourself a delicious meal every morning.
2. Make Time to Know your Employees
If you have returned to the office, this habit is a little bit easier than if you are still working remotely. Within your schedule, you should get to know your employees and talk to them for five to ten minutes with a different employee each day. You will learn what their goals are in the company, check on their daily duties, and most importantly, learn other points of view towards your company.
These diverse points of view can help you and your team elaborate on different strategies to attract new customers. Moreover, you will be building trust with your employees, and whenever they have a problem, they will know they can come to you to help fix it. Knowing your employees opens a lot of doors inside and outside the office.
3. Find a Substitution for Unhealthy Snacks
If you have ever worked a 9 to 5 job, you know how dangerous unhealthy snacks are. Sometimes you are not even hungry, but you go for a snack anyway, and it is okay. There are situations where you need to clear your head to take on the next task, but chocolates and chips are not the best way to go. They are delicious, but you can't burn them while doing last week's budget report.
Try to change these unhealthy slices of heaven for something more earthy, something your body will thank you for. With hundreds of options to choose from, you can even buy some healthy snacks in the same places where you buy those chocolates. So, as the immortal knight would say, choose wisely.
4. Focus on What Matters
With our modern ways of living, there are times when you think you need to split yourself into two to perform all of the duties your business needs to thrive. But, as long as our understanding of physics remains the same, splitting into two is impossible. And there may be a reason for that.
Humanity is a collective society. We are bound to depend on the other, which is great because it means you will have to trust your workers, colleagues, distributors, and managers to do the work you have tasked them with. Delegate your tasks, and consider hiring a virtual assistant if you need extra help delegating.
5. Don't Overeat at Lunch
We have all taken a long lunch now and then. Sometimes to meet a client, sometimes to have some time for yourself, and sometimes because we are famished. But there is a hidden pandora's box when talking about hunger; how much is too much? Sometimes your mind ignores this question, but your body will always provide an answer.
Overeating can lead to disorders that can become a life-threatening problem in the future. And, if you want to have your company for an unlimited amount of time, your health is as important as your revenue. Try to control your intake every time you have your lunch. You will stay in shape and eliminate the need for a quick nap after lunch because we have all been there.
6. Take a Lunch Break Walk
One of the healthiest habits on this list is taking a walk after lunch. Think about this, when you were in school, you also sat for long periods of time, but you were a little more active than you are now. Why? Well, the pandemic was a significant factor, but part of your mobility has also been reduced due to everything being done on a computer now.
Taking a walk during your lunch break will help you process the food you ate faster and improve the circulation and oxygenation your body needs to focus for the rest of the day. The best way to do it is to eliminate distractions during the walk. Forget about your phone or any other tasks you might have in the back of your head for the duration of the walk. You can even take a co-worker with you and talk about something other than work, like what you plan for the holidays or how was that Netflix show you both watched.
7. Go Over your Day
Take the last fifteen minutes of your shift to go over what you did for the day. Start with the first hour you walked into the office or turned your computer on, and work yourself through it. This exercise is great for your memory and will keep your mind active the next day you come to work.
As you start to do this exercise more and more, you will notice that you forget fewer things, that you postpone certain tasks less, and procrastination will be at an all-time low. You can even combine it with balance exercises to improve circulation and the mental agility you need to make the most out of your day outside the office.
8. Leave Work at Work
Make sure that when you clock out of work, you do clock out of work. As a business owner, it is hard to concentrate on other things that do not include your business, and this may be one of the hardest vices you will have to leave behind, but it is one of the most important of them all.
You have a life outside work, friends you want to catch up with, restaurants you want to try, movies you want to watch, places you want to visit, and thousands and thousands of opportunities to enjoy life without work being the center of it. Work smart, play hard.
9. Avoid Blue Light before Sleeping
These last two tips focus on your time outside the office and help prevent tiredness. The first one is to avoid blue light before going to sleep, and no, we are not talking about the color-changing light bulb you bought last year because it was on sale. Blue light comes from all the screen devices, such as phones, monitors, TVs, tablets, and so many more.
Blue light is one of the leading causes of tiredness around the world. Your eyes are not designed to withstand such impervious amounts of blue light before going to sleep, and you may have noticed it too! Avoid any screens at least one hour before you sleep, and please buy a pair of UV light protection glasses. Your eyes will thank you.
10. Go to Sleep at a Reasonable Time
Nothing good happens after 2 AM. And, as it was in the early 2000s, it is now. Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important habits you can create to improve your mind and body. Yes, we know that the show you watch at night was left on a cliffhanger, but we promise you that the show will still be there tomorrow, and your mind needs to reset to prepare for the next day. You can even use sleep as an excuse to make that cliffhanger more interesting, as the expectation is a great way to build up emotions.
Some experts say 8 hours, others say 6 hours, but the true expert in your body is yourself. And just as you know your company's vision and mission statement by heart, you also know how many hours you need to get a good night's sleep.
The Healthiest Habits
The healthiest habits are those that your body tells you to follow. There will be cravings in some way or another, but if you can stay true to your body, just as you do with your business, those cravings will disappear. Your health is just as important as your company, and you can even say that your body is the enterprise of your life. If you ignore the signs, you will not only lose opportunities, you will also go over the budget with healthcare. Let's start today!