Have you been feeling more stressed than usual lately? A month ago you could work 10 hours a day without a problem, but now even working half of that seems difficult. No, you aren’t losing your passion, nor is there anything wrong with your abilities as an entrepreneur. It’s your hectic lifestyle catching up to you.
This article by The Holistic Glen explores how to change your stressful lifestyle by focusing on self-care and the benefits it will have to your health and business.
Delegate to Free Up Time
Successful entrepreneurs learned early on how to delegate some of the more mundane and time-consuming tasks of running a business. Delegating helps to reduce the stress associated with feeling like you have to do it all, and should be a part of your self-care routine. You already know your strengths and weaknesses, so choose those tasks that either take you too long to complete or that you’re not adept in, and be intentional about freeing up more time to do those things you excel in.
One example is found in your marketing efforts, which is an ongoing and necessary element to getting your message out. Graphic design may not be in your wheelhouse, so use online tools to help ease your workload. For instance, creating an eye-catching logo to use in your social media campaigns and on your website doesn’t have to be a task you keep putting off; Adobe makes it easy and quick with their free logo design maker, allowing you to choose from a ton of templates to use to generate your own customized look and feel.
Make Time to Eat Right
If you find yourself missing meals and resorting to fast food frequently, turning to a vegan diet will benefit you greatly.
Fast foods are known to have high quantities of fat, sodium, and sugar, leading to high blood sugar levels, weight gain, and increased risk of heart attacks. Conversely, a plant-based diet is rich in fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidants, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases and promoting weight loss.
Additionally, vegan meals are easy to prepare and can fit effortlessly into your tight schedule. Some quick yet tasty dishes you can make include:
● Tofu Whole Wheat Tacos
● Brown Rice Veggie Wraps
● Edamame & Vegetable Rice Bowl
● Avocado Chickpea Salad
Take Care of Your Skin
According to a study cited in Harper’s Bazaar, focusing on the effects of skincare on mental health, 83% of participants recorded feeling less stressed and 76% felt more confident than before. A good skincare routine involves following a proper diet, staying hydrated, and using good quality products. The results will be you bubbling with confidence and having amazing skin.
When it comes to products opt to use naturally made vegan creams, moisturizers, and face washes. The reason for this is twofold:
First, vegan products are made using natural ingredients such as aloe vera, fruit extracts, etc which have a low chance of reacting with your skin and are perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Second, conventional products have various preservatives and additional chemicals such as coal tar, petrolatum, parabens, and more which can have negative effects on your skin in the long run.
Popular vegan skincare brands include:
● Moon Juice
Get some Sunshine
Whether working from an office or home, you spend the majority of your time indoors sitting on a chair. Living such a sedentary lifestyle is a recipe for stress and eventual burnout. While work is important, make time to spend at least an hour outdoors daily.
When outdoors aim to partake in an intensive activity such as running, cycling, or exercising. Additionally, schedule going out during times when there is ample sunlight. Engaging in strenuous activity increases the release of serotonin in our body making us feel happier. Additionally, being in sunlight increases our body’s absorption of Vitamin D leading to improved immunity, stronger bones, and makes us feel active increasing concentration and productivity.
Get some Potted Friends
As reported by Hoppier, individuals with décor and plants in their workplace are 15% more productive than those who don’t. Additionally, plants purify surrounding air from toxins, help alleviate stress and make you feel happier.
Once you have a plant you are bound to focus on its nourishment. This includes daily watering, occasional trimming, and keeping a track of its growth. Numerous studies have shown that working on plans promotes mindfulness, helping you disassociate from work-related stress and make you feel calm.
Better Homes and Garden notes that popular choices for indoor plants include:
● Snake Plant Laurentii
● Rubber Plant
● Devil’s Ivy
● Spider Plant
● Bird’s Nest Fern
Integrating these changes into your lifestyle will allow you to work stress-free, increase productivity and live a healthier life.
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