Stress is a silent killer. A healthy level of “pressure” can help you focus and get stuff done, but there is a point where, if you subject your body to continual stress, the chances of developing a chronic disease skyrocket.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you reduce the stress in your life.
You probably don’t have the internal resources to complete every function to the latest and greatest level. You need to outsource what you can, and this doesn’t need to be expensive or a contractual commitment.
Exercise is crucial to good health. That doesn’t mean you have to furiously pump iron every day at your local gym. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. That’s walking for 30 minutes 5 times a week.
Take a Break:
This can be tough for a small business owner, who has invested everything in the company. A two-week vacation is probably not going to happen, but you do need to get away from time to time and try not to think about work while you are gone. A break can also be as simple as taking a lunch hour a few times a week, without checking your emails. (You could even combine this with exercise and kill two birds with one stone.)
A busy schedule often plays havoc on how we eat. With a little planning, healthy eating doesn’t take much time. Start your day with a healthy and balanced breakfast. Take your lunch with you. This avoids the temptation of poor choices when you are hungry and will save you money in the long run too. A good diet fights stress and lowers the level of hormones tied to triggering stress in the first place.
Nearly a third of all Americans are considered sleep deprived. In addition to increased stress, insufficient sleep can lead to depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. Try to sleep at least seven hours every night. If you are chronically tired, you won’t have the stamina to function properly. And that’s not good for your business.
Working less hours and getting help is not a sign of weakness. Taking a lunch break now and then does not make you a wimp. Your business will not be successful if you are either in the hospital, or worse, dead. Take control of your life and prioritize what really matters.