An apple a day…
Are you drinking the water, getting the sleep, fitting in the exercise, checking in with spirit, taking care of your relationships, flossing, not sweating the small stuff…so that you can play your A-Game?
The reality of living in today’s world is that stress is everywhere and if you don’t take care of yourself, there will be consequences. Even as a lifestyle entrepreneur, the tendency is to focus all attention on our business and our loved ones rather than ourselves. But the truth is that if we are not taking care of our body, mind and spirit, our business and family will suffer and we will not be positive role models for our loved ones.
On top of just taking care of ourselves, there is this other issue that is arising in the age of social media where many entrepreneurs are addicted to their devices to such an extent that they don’t shower, eat of leave the house for days and their families are suffering as a result. If you fall into this category of “heavy user” you may want to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of your life.
Ignoring your health and well-being may seem like it gives you more time to focus on reaching goals or actively pursue your passions, but the truth is if you don’t take care of yourself, lack of sleep, exercise, spiritual connectedness, poor diet, poor relationships and stress will catch up to you in a physical, spiritual and/or emotional way and this could have a detrimental impact on your ability to grow your business or live a happy life.
Here is a simple 10 point inventory to check in on your health.
Answer the following questions to see how much of a priority your health currently is and where it needs to be.
- Has it been under 12 months since your last annual physical? If not, schedule it ASAP.
- Do you get 7+ hours of sleep every night? If not, you may be experiencing lower levels of concentration, irritability, an inability to focus or depression.
- How much water do you drink on a daily basis? If less than 8-10 glasses, you may be tired, irritable and have headaches.
- Do you eat between 5-10 fruits and veggies every day and a balance of other food groups? If not, you may have constipation, bloating, irritability, depression, low energy and/or weight gain.
- Are your personal and business relationships complimentary to your concept of an ideal life? If not, you may feel sad, frustrated, low self-esteem, depressed, helpless, confused or unhappy.
- Do you take time to get inspired in nature on a regular basis? If not, you may feel stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected, irritable, or out of sorts.
- Do you take time every day to unplug for at least a few hours from technology? If not, you may have insomnia, depression, weight gain, irritability, lack of focus, or a feeling of disconnect from your relationships.
- Do you limit your intake of sugar, alcohol and other potentially toxic substances? If not, you may experience guilt, irritability, insomnia, diabetes, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, etc.
- Do you move your body (exercise, yoga, walking) for at least 30 minutes every day? If not, you may have low energy, fatigue, insomnia, depression, constipation, increased risk of cancer, etc.
- Do you smile, laugh and enjoy your days on a consistent basis? If not, you may be depressed, have low self-esteem, feel overwhelmed, feel stressed, have a hard time relating to others, have relationship problems, etc.
Many government and health organizations recommend that all adults have an annual physical, drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, sleep 7+ hours every night, eat a balanced diet, stay away from sugar and other toxins (including toxic relationships, balance online and offline time and otherwise maintain a life that is enjoyable.
If you want to play big and do great things with your life, you owe it to yourself to make your health a priority so that you can function at peek performance. If you choose not to make your health a priority, it is essentially a form of self-sabotage. Often times, self-sabotage has more to do with our fear of success or fear of failure than it does with our desire to follow our dreams. So, take a moment to get honest with yourself about how high your health is on your priority list and make some notes about what changes you can make to your routine that will positively impact your physical, spiritual and emotional health. If you have any thoughts, comments or tips, please feel free to share these in the comments.