Why I think entrepreneurs need to get healthier

I feel like this blog post might become my manifesto. So get ready for it. 

Last year I quit my full-time job to start working for myself. Working for yourself basically means any hour the universe gives you could be used for working. 

There’s no 9-5, no office, no salary, no paid holidays, no benefits. There’s just you and a computer. And some sort of massive skill or talent or experience you’re trying to get out into the world in any way you know how. 

Here are some things that have happened as a consequence of me becoming an entrepreneur:

  • I sit at a table for 8-10 hours a day at my laptop, a set-up not designed to support my back, neck or eyes. I barely move from the same spot all day unless my fitness tracker vibrates to say I’ve been sedentary too long, in which case I get up, go to the toilet, and sit back at my desk again. 

     
  • I constantly have no money and use it has an excuse to not sign up to a decent gym or training programme. I always say “next month” or “when that contract comes in” but somehow it never comes around. There’s a million and one things to do for work and taking time out of my schedule to do a work-out feels like an indulgence. 

     
  • Working from home means ready access to food and snacks throughout the day, and zero will-power to resist. Whenever my mind wanders it’s usually to what food is sat in the cupboards.

     
  • Despite being sat inches from the kitchen when it comes to lunch time (ooooh  let’s say around 14.30…) all I want is something I can stick in the microwave rather than slave over the hob to eat. 

Any of this sound familiar? 

I think entrepreneurs need to get healthier because it affects their work.

I know when I am not getting out for daily exercise, eating constantly and lazily and putting my wellbeing at the bottom of the pile I am not in the right headspace to be productive. 

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Changing your diet and exercise will change your mindset. Straight up fact. The weeks (and months) I have been stuck in a rut feeling sorry for myself and where my business isn’t going are the same weeks and months that I am neglecting exercise, sitting sedentary inside and eating way way too much, all mindlessly while starting at my screen, expecting something to change. 

If you want your business to be as awesome as you know it can be you’re going to have to start putting your body and mind first. Trust me, it’s not wasted time.

As well as my blog posts and recipes I share here on the website, my little e-book is a great place to start if eating better is one step you could take right now to look after your health. It’s got a downloadable list you can head out  to the shops with and grab some simple staple ingredients around which you can build tasty nutritious meals. Get your copy here. 

Thinking bigger? If you want a kick-start to prioritizing your health, or maybe you’d love to make a big career change but don’t know where to start, check out my series of retreats The Reset. They’re designed for women like you, by women like you. I’m pretty sure you’ll like what you see. Give me a shout if you have any questions. 

If you’re passionate about this topic I’d also recommend getting involved in the Health Bloggers Community’s Reclaim Your Day Off campaign, something I wrote about in this blog post. 

Does any of this resonate with you? How are you moving health to the top of your list of things to do for your business? 

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