The following article is a guest post.
Being career focused and having ambition is a wonderful quality.
If you are the type of person that sacrifices sleep when that idea hits that may catapult your business to the next level, you likely have incredible drive and unending passion for what you do, where you’re trying to go in your life and the success you’re seeking.
However, it’s imperative to realize that completely drowning in your career aspirations and goals, at the total expense of other parts of your life is ill-advised. Especially when such stresses and high demand may compromise your physical and mental health.
Think about it this way: if you finally amass the level of success that you’ve long been dreaming of, will it matter, count or be rewarding if your body is weak and decrepit or you’re suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes?
Ensuring that you take care of both your mind and your body, while you are out in the world positively crushing your career goals, is a crucial and necessary facet of life. That balance is essential to your ability to enjoy your success when you have earned it.
Here are some key ways to properly incorporate some health and fitness goals into your too-busy, hectic day that’s largely centered around your career.
Sharpen Your Time Management Skills.
You likely already have a good concept of time management, especially if you are relatively driven and successful. But using 60-80 hours a week to concentrate on your primary job while also potentially trying to get your side hustles and projects off the ground can leave you a bit heightened and wound up.
Carve out time for things that aren’t directly related to work. Because even if they don’t seem connected at the time, they will likely help to center and strengthen you in a way that will ultimately benefit your work.
Give yourself a minute to sit in gratitude and stillness at specific points of the day. This helps to manifest peace and strengthens the mind.
Try to spare even 10 minutes for meditation, and you’ll be surprised at how much clearer your mind will become.
Squeeze in Exercise.
For someone with an incredibly tight schedule, you may look at the people who are running outside or taking a pilates class and think “how do they even have the time?”
Here are some helpful ways you can fit in exercise throughout your day without having to dedicate an entire hour or so to the activity.
- Walk around when you’re on the phone. If you don’t have to reference something or take notes, get up and move.
- Do ten squats every time you get up to use the restroom.
- Keep resistance bands in your office. These bands for leg workouts can be done as you’re sitting at your desk.
- Use the stairs whenever possible. Unless you’re going to a high-level floor, opt for the stairs.
- Stretch before you get in bed. Doing deep yoga stretches before going to sleep will help you quiet your mind and body as well as promote sound, uninterrupted sleep.
Clean Up Your Diet.
It’s unbelievably easy to grab terrible choices when you’re constantly eating at your desk. Or forgetting to eat and picking the first thing that you see, or that sounds good.
Bad food is entirely too accessible. Which means you have to be more mindful and aware of what you put into your mouth and body.
It’s also so easy to stress-eat.
Have a deadline that you need to be up all night for? Get another rejection letter from a useful grant that would have funded a project? Eating your feelings is something that happens with increasing frequency.
But these type of habits will only make you more lethargic, lack focus and create health complications.
Plan your meals as well as you can. If things like meal planning simply take up too much time, opt for the most nutritionally sound meals when you order takeout.
Stick with protein and veggies, stay away from carbs. Opt for healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, butter, and wild salmon.
Don’t Sacrifice Sleep All The Time.
You desperately need sleep. Your body will only function for so long without getting its necessary levels of rest.
Yes, sometimes having to get some shuteye may seem bothersome and irritating. But the cost of continually sacrificing sleep is much higher than you may realize.
Those who don’t get enough sleep tend to have more health issues, a compromised immune system and an inability to handle mounting stress. If you happen to get lousy or insufficient amounts of sleep a couple of nights in a row, you must catch up.
Having healthy sleeping patterns will improve your overall health and better serve the demands of your business and career.