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This sort of neglect can’t continue indefinitely because you will eventually be forced to stop – maybe by illness or exhaustion.

In the same way, sometimes you are so involved in the day-to-day running of your business that you forget to look after its financial health. This becomes even more of an issue if things go wrong, which then becomes an added stress that impacts your own health and wellbeing.

For the sake of you and your business, why not make today the day you put yourself first and take proactive steps towards self-care?

Tips for staying healthy

Luckily there are things that you can easily incorporate into your routine to help you and your health.

Take regular breaks

I know it’s tempting to just crack on when you have a big list. You might start off raring to go but this can wane quickly if you’re too tired. I frequently work flat-out first thing in the morning, as I find this is the best time of day for me. Once that’s done, I often head to my local café with either the business book I’m currently reading or a blog to write. As soon as I’m out of my office and on my way, I start to feel better. It surprises me every time how cathartic it is!
Maybe you could have a break by just walking in your garden or local park? As long as it’s not raining, of course! Having said that, a bit of rain can sometimes be refreshing too – just don’t forget your umbrella!

Take a walk

I am lucky in the fact that I live close to Walsall Arboretum, so I either walk or run first thing in the morning and then walk in the afternoon. It sets me up for the day. Anything I’m pondering about will usually become clear and I start work with focus and motivation. You could build a regular walk into your schedule. It doesn’t have to be massive, just an opportunity to re-energise yourself.

Stay hydrated

I find it’s a good idea to have a glass of water by me as I work. I’m more likely to notice if I’m drinking enough water or not. If it’s still full after an hour or two, I drink and refill it. You can even buy drinking cups with markers showing times of the day, so you know how much you should drink within that hour. It’s important that it’s only water – even herbal teas don’t keep you as hydrated as you need to be. It always surprises me how much better I feel when I drink plenty of water. If you don’t do this already, I’d recommend trying it. You don’t have to drink loads but drinking water regularly definitely helps with your wellbeing.

Eat well

As soon as stress or tiredness hits, it’s easy to raid the biscuit barrel or go and buy some chocolate or your favourite treat. As nice as it is at the time, the hit you get is short-lived! Try to think ahead about which healthy snacks and lunches you can have during the day. With a lot of people still working from home, having the right food in the house is easier – but nevertheless, planning is needed.
Buying plenty of fruit, vegetables and salad means that you’re more likely to prepare something nutritious for your lunch, as you haven’t got to go and buy it. If you’re working from home, you won’t be tempted by all those convenient shops you pass on your way home…

Tips for managing stress

Sometimes stress creeps up on you without you noticing. You’ve put the tiredness, irritability or low mood down to working hard, or just accepted it as how you generally feel. Taking some small steps can make a big difference to your stress levels. The ones I’ve mentioned already will be helpful, but here are some more:

Plan your week

If you are super busy, then I always find having a plan helps. I tend to have a plan for the week, broken down into days. In the plan, I prioritise what needs to be done first and it includes any meetings or Zooms. I’m also aware of giving myself breaks – for example, I fit my swim in at some point during the week.

Time management

Knowing where you spend (and sometimes waste) time is important. I’ve worked for myself for 19 years now and I’ve always kept a note of the daily hours I work.

Earlier this year I kept a note throughout...

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