As a businesswoman, you’re always busy. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, even harder than your male colleagues, and you’re proud of how far you’ve gotten. And even though this is all impressive, lately you’ve been worrying about your health. Whether it’s because you had a recent health scare, or you’ve just been feeling sluggish lately, you want to tackle being healthy the same way that you tackle negotiations with clients. With as much energy as you can, and with dedication.
And, of course, having all the information you need to be as effective as possible when it comes to leading your healthy lifestyle. So if you’re ready to learn about how to be as healthy as you can, check out this list.
1 Detox from social media
Did you know that the average American consumer is now spending five hours a day on their phone? In large part, this is because of how addictive social media is, forcing us to constantly check Instagram for likes and get on Snapchat to see what our friends are doing. But being on social media is emotionally exhausting, because we’re constantly seeking approval on it, and if you spend nights on your phone catching up on Facebook, it can be physically exhausting, too.
The best solution is to detox. This can be hard to do, especially if you make business contacts using platforms like Instagram and Facebook, but remember: it’s an investment in your health, which is what you’re focusing on now. To learn about the best strategies for detoxing from social media, take a look at this list.
2 Be smart about managing stress
Unfortunately, stress is a large part of the American work ethic. Unlike other cultures, we’re always expected to work hard: that’s where the whole “work hard, play hard” motto comes from. But it’s taking a toll on us nationwide. The average stress for Americans in 2017 was 4.8 out of 10, and that’s a scary statistic.
If you’re looking manage your stress better, the first thing you need to do is identify your stressors. Whether it’s the work looming deadlines or problems at home, this will help you deal with your problems and know who to reach out to for help. And that’s hugely important, to ask for help when we need it.
According to Psychology Today, you need to be clear about what you need: “When asking for help, make sure the person knows exactly what you want. For example, if you want your spouse to show you what to do, rather than just tell you, make sure you ask for that. There are times when it would be nice if someone spontaneously offered to help you and they don’t. The more you practice directly asking for help in these situations, the easier it gets.”
Suddenly, you’ll feel a lot lighter and happier once you’ve shared your problems. Whether you’re sharing with your spouse or your therapist, it’ll make a big difference. That means instead of suffering sleepless nights or binge eating, you can start dealing with stress in a healthy way.
3 Exercise and eat well
Speaking of binge eating, eating healthy is another important element of your new lifestyle. This is obvious, of course, but it’s way easier said than done. We’ve all tried dieting, and we know what a challenge it is. Especially if you’re staying late at the office, it can be all-too-tempting to order Chinese food or pizza instead of eating something healthy hours later at home. But luckily, there’s some great technology that can help anyone, no matter how busy they are.
Take MyFitnessPal, for example. “MyFitnessPal is a free calorie counting app that features a food database of over 5 million foods. The app creates a custom plan for you, providing you with a calorie goal to work towards, which appears on the top of the diary page where you add your food, exercise, and water intake,” Pocket-Lint.com explains. “As you add, you’ll see the food calories being deducted and the exercise calories added, so it’s easy to keep track.”
When it comes to getting enough exercise, technology can aid you, too. For example, there’s ClassPass, a gym subscription service that makes it possible for you attend classes all over your city, which is perfect for a busy entrepreneur. And you can always hire an exercise coach online, too!
By following these health tips, you’ll be healthier than ever. This will benefit not only you but your business, too, because you’ll have a more balanced life.
What strategies have you used in the past to be healthy? Did they work? Why or why not?