How do you stay healthy whilst running your own business? It can be a very taxing endeavour, both mentally and physically, so it is important to remember to look after yourself.
In this guest blog from Rosemary Neeks of Herbs 4 Healthy Living, Rosemary gives some useful tips on how to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life.
Check out her website for delicious recipes and other natural remedies for a healthier lifestyle (details below).
According to data published by NHS England, I knew that one in four adults experience mental illness so was fully away that not taking care of oneself physically and mentally could impact on being successful.
It is important to set aside ‘me’ time.
My ‘me’ time usually involves exercise. I attend two regular classes - Boxercise and Zumba, go to the gym, and try to get regular fresh air by going for a jog. Additionally, there is plenty of exercise from digging over the allotment. There are of course times when these activities cannot happen, but I keep active with walking or cycling to work. Walking gives me that time to relax, to think. There are many benefits of exercise to mental and physical well-being, including:
· increased muscle strength and flexibility.
· increased cardiovascular fitness.
· improved joint mobility.
· decreased stress levels.
· improved posture and coordination.
· strengthened bones.
· decreased body fat levels.
· reduced risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, plus it can lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
A full time job working as a teacher involves planning, parents’ evenings, open evenings and recruitment evenings, making my few evenings quite precious. Early mornings may well include taking pictures of progressing plants, or the latest juice I’ve produced, to put on my blog. Evenings sorting pictures and writing captions could take up to 2 hours. Balancing my teaching job and trying to start a business without a doubt should include a good healthy balanced diet. However, making healthy dishes using home grown ingredients takes time and patience.
· Ask for help, delegate, have a day/evening off.
It is important to Eat Well, Stay Well!
A poor diet can impact on a busy entrepreneur's lifestyle, so I make quick, simple nutritious meals such as; Lentil and Okra Curry; the health benefits of okra include its ability to improve digestive health, manage diabetes, boost skin health, and soothe joint pain and strengthen bones.
Ditch the tea and coffee and make a cup of Rosemary Tea with fresh or dried rosemary. I prefer a fresh sprig from my rosemary bush steeped in a teapot for three to five minutes. A longer steep of up to 10 minutes will draw out more of the healthy oils and nutrients. Rosemary improves memory, is a great stress buster and can help reduce anxiety.
Rosemary was one of our successful clients who benefitted from the Enterprise Steps programme.
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The Enterprise Steps programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).