6 Tips for Staying Healthy at Work (When You’re a Small Business Owner)
If you are a new or established business owner, you know how busy work can be. Do you take the steps to stay healthy amidst the craziness? Knowing how to stay healthy at work is one of the best ways you can boost your business.
Sure, there have been times I haven’t taken care of myself throughout my 30 years as an entrepreneur. But, I know how important it is to put my health and well-being first. Without my health, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish nearly as much as I do.
Why does your health come first?
This might seem like a silly question. We all know how important staying healthy in the workplace is. But since many of my fellow business owners (and I) tend to forget, I’ll just give a friendly reminder.
Without your health, you’re not going to get anything done for your business. You might think it’s smart to put your business first, but that can actually harm your long-term bottom line in business.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is directly related to productivity. One study found that workers who eat healthy are 25% more likely to be more productive than workers who don’t.
And, people who are sleep-deprived are not nearly as productive as those who get enough sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23.2% of adults over age 20 reported they had trouble concentrating because of sleep deprivation.
What’s better…working 10 hours each day and not being productive or working eight hours and getting the same amount of work done? If you make healthy choices in your life, you will find that increasing productivity in the workplace is well within your means.
6 ways to stay healthy at work
If you want to continue growing your business, you need to know how to stay healthy at work. You might be working over 40 hours a week, maybe even over 60. Regardless of how busy your (personal and professional) life gets, follow these six health and wellness tips for the workplace.
1. Get enough sleep
Are you running on caffeine and determination? While that’s all well and good (being determined is what makes a great entrepreneur), you also need to make sure you’re sleeping. There are few workplace health tips more simple than this.
According to one survey, 37.9% of U.S. adults said they unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once during the previous month. Chances are that if you’re falling asleep unintentionally, you aren’t being as productive as you could be.
Try to get a minimum of six to eight hours of sleep each night. And, stick to a routine. Fall asleep and wake up around the same time each day, including weekends. Once you get in the swing of things, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make time for sleep before.
2. Eat well
If you don’t take care of machines, they’re not going to work how you want them to. People need to be taken care of, too.