You can’t ignore the relationship between your health and the health of your business. You might think you can, but eventually, poor personal health habits will begin to creep in and sabotage your businesses’ bottom line. If you doubt this, then read on about how your health affects the health of your business.
Mental Health and Your Business
Running a business takes a large toll on your mental faculties. Every day as a small business owner, you have to make decision after decision. You often won’t know the outcome of the decisions you make for a long time, so that entails taking risks. This daily-risk taking causes stress. You probably have to learn to do new things almost daily. You have to wear many hats, taking care of bookkeeping, customer service and marketing, as well as the administrative paperwork and day-to-day chores. If you aren’t mentally strong, this kind of daily load can lead to anxiety, stress disorder, depression, burnout, addiction and more. After a time, you simply won’t be able to handle it anymore unless you have a support system in place.
To help keep your mental health in check, consider investing in informal group counseling with other small business owners. This is an environment where others will understand what you’re dealing with, and you can talk freely about the problems you have to handle at work.
Physical Health and Your Business
As a small business owner, you likely have a personality type where you put a lot of things first instead of your own physical health. You might feel like you just don’t have time to exercise or prepare good, wholesome foods. But your body can’t run efficiently on fast food and caffeine. Eventually, your body is going to start complaining. You might start getting aches and pains, heartburn, indigestion, headaches and fatigue. You won’t be able to put in the work days like you want to and need to as a business owner. You’ll have to cut back, and your health bills will start to mount as more things start going wrong with your body. The business will falter as you take more time off to deal with your health.
This kind of descent into ill health is completely avoidable. If you invest in a decent health insurance plan with a gym membership benefit, you can avoid letting your health fall by the wayside. Take that hour for lunch and get some sun while you go for a brisk walk or run. A routine exercise program or written fitness plan will help you stay on track with fitness. On days when you just can’t escape the office, use exercise videos to get in at least 10 minutes of movement daily. If you can’t take the time to cook homemade meals, subscribe to a meal delivery service instead of driving through the fast food lane.
Spiritual Health and Your Business
Your spiritual health is just as important as your mental and physical health. Spiritual health is where you’ll find the purpose and meaning to your life as a small business owner. If you lose the higher sense of purpose, you’ll also lose the drive you need to keep forging ahead with your business. Each day will lack luster, and you’ll lose focus. Once that happens, your business will fall into a rapid decline.
To retain your spiritual health, you need to find motivation. Surround yourself with others who have that drive to succeed. Personal development courses are the perfect place to meet people who will inspire you to go further in your business.
From every angle, your mental, physical and spiritual health, have an undisputed affect on your business success. The sooner you realize that you need just as much time, care and attention as your small business, the better off your health will be, as well as the health of your company.