Entrepreneurship is indeed a hard and lonely journey requiring constant stream of energy and motivation. Many entrepreneurs believe that a healthy state of mind is important for their business success. They must run around and deal with their business alone in the very beginning, all the while making sure that their finances are secure enough to sustain operations.
Financial security, on the other hand, directly depends upon the success of their business. Coping with all these various factors at the same time is definitely a challenge for entrepreneurs. But, having said that, they are also well-aware of the fact that a thriving business which fights on during challenging times is the only one which ultimately emerges to be successful.
A business is usually more taxing on the mind than on the body. This is the reason that successful entrepreneurs make sure they indulge in mental health boosting habits along with the important tasks of running their businesses.
Mental health-boosting habits can be of various types and duration, however, the following five are the most recommended ones which you can easily adjust into your busy routine.
Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Some entrepreneurs believe that by working late at night and getting early in morning will increase their productivity levels. This is simply not true. Although you can effectively increase the number of working hours you have in a day by following such a routine, but since your productivity levels depend upon your energy levels, it is not very effective at actually increasing productivity.
A study conducted at Harvard School of Medical Studies found that sleep deprivation reduced the focus and attention levels of the brain and limited the brain’s ability to use higher levels of brain function. Severe sleep deprivation has the potential to reduce these capabilities to a greater extent for many days.
Sleep deprivation can also result in more serious health related issues, some of which include obesity, heart problems, diabetes, and hypertension. For better performance through difficult times, a person must still maintain 6 to 7 hours of sleep each day.
Make Sure You Eat Healthy Food
Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to take care of their meals. Eating the right kind of food becomes a challenge when you have to manage so many tasks in a single day. However, you need to keep in mind that eating healthily is important not only to help you get through the day but also to help you maintain optimal energy levels.
Grabbing burgers and pizzas and eating them while walking or driving your car does not offer the energy you otherwise get by eating wholesome meals based on the principles of a balanced diet. Food affects our activity levels directly and provides energy to the brain and the body in the form of glucose.
Although energy drinks can give you shot of energy for a few hours, as soon as its impact is over your body crashes and you find yourself lacking energy. Also, eating foods that have a high fat content requires more physical activity to break it down into usable energy. Eating high fat food with low physical activity levels will give you a prolonged sensation of fatigue and also reduce your performance.
Mandate Physical Activity on a Daily Basis
There is a connection between the mind and the body, one that is established through a network of neurons. By strengthening your body through physical activity, you send a convincing message to your brain that you are capable of facing any challenging situation. A strong mind is hence dependent on body strength to a great degree.
There are many benefits of engaging yourself in physical activity. For example, the stress of your body is released and chemicals which are responsible for causing happiness in your brain are released. Research shows that creativity levels of the mind are enhanced by engaging in physical activity or exercise.
Meditate For Some Time Every Day
The benefits of meditation outweigh the time you spend on it, which makes it a profitable investment. Successful entrepreneurs meditate each day for some time to get their mind off of all the activities and worries of their life.
This mindful meditation helps them in enhancing the focus of their mind and also reduces their stress levels. Studies show that meditation can also reduce symptoms of hypertension.