Gina Bella August 10, 2018

Running a business, for the most part, is exciting. After all, that’s part of why you became a business leader in the first place: you like to be in charge, and leading your own company, and making money how you want to. Whether you’re finding new ways to pay your employees, like using eChecks, or getting in touch with potential investors and crafting the perfect pitch for them, the work can be non-stop and invigorating. But the other side of the coin is that you often find yourself stressed. Recently, it’s almost been too much, and it’s getting in the way of your health.

But there’s no need to worry, if you’re ready to recommit to your health. Balancing your crazy entrepreneurial lifestyle with being healthy is all about finding ways to make time for both. And here’s how.

Schedule in exercise time

In the same way that you’d make time to schedule a meeting with a potential business partner, you need to schedule actual time to get some exercise. It can be a headache, and feel like it’s taking away from your business, but getting in that thirty minute job in the morning will actually make a huge difference. Not only for your health, but it also means that you’ll arrive at the office refreshed, focused, and ready to take on the day. We aren’t saying that you need to do this every morning, but three to five times a week is what anyone should be doing to stay fit.

If you’re struggling to find time, download an app that gives you twenty-minute workouts you can do during your lunch break. Or go for a quick walk, and eat lunch at your desk. If you’re traveling, think about downloading ClassPass, which can cost a max of $160 a month in New York City (prices vary per city). You can use it in almost any city in the US, and schedule all kinds of classes if you’re likely to get bored of the same spin class every Monday.

Cut out carbs–and drinking

When you’re working late at the office, answering emails or staying up late planning for a business meeting, it’s tempting to order food. And sometimes, it’s your only option, especially if you have a family at home, asleep when you get back from a busy night. So instead of punishing yourself or eating cold leftovers from the fridge, simply set up some rules. There are enough restaurants now on apps like Seamless (which has 4.5 stars on the Google Play site) that make it possible to order as healthy as you want.

Additionally, don’t forget to cut out drinking. Sometimes, you might need to drink with work colleagues or potential business partners, and we understand if that’s a necessity. That said, it can be far too easy to drink after a challenging day, when it might be better for you to go for a run or spend some time meditating. Alcohol is empty calories, so be careful about using it as a crutch. If you need to, get some professional help to deal with your stressors–which brings us to our next point.

Identify your stressors

If you’re a high-functioning person, which most business leaders are, it can be easy to claim that you don’t have any stressors. You can say to yourself, “I’ve always been good at dealing with my problems, even when things feel out of control.” But everyone suffers from issues such as anxiety, especially when they’re working too hard. Considering that 16 million people in the UK experience a mental illness, it’s no surprise if you’re having trouble with anxiety or depression. So you need to understand what’s stressing you out, whether it’s the social media side of running a business, or balancing your personal life with the demands of being a business leader.

Once you’ve understood what those stressors are, you need to face them. For some people, this means finding strategies to deal with what’s stressing them out (like exercise, or time spent with family instead of work). For others, this means getting professional help. Considering that there are many online therapists available, who can meet with you at any time, you can face your psychological stressors without having to lose much time away from your work responsibilities.

As you can see, there are many ways for you to deal with the stress of being a business leader. By prioritizing certain health habits, you can lead a balanced life. What do you think stresses you out most about your busy lifestyle, and how do you plan to deal with those issues?