How to Manage Your Mental Health on a Busy Schedule
We all know that an entrepreneur who takes time to concentrate on their own mental health will be more productive, which equates to more success. But, in truth, do we really practice this? Your schedule doesn’t allow for an hour of time spent sitting in a downward facing dog position. Then there are the hours taken to get a massage or pedicure. There just isn’t enough time in the day for that AND hustling to get the cash to put food on your family’s table.
Did you know there are ways to manage your mental health and not take hours to do it? It is so important to reduce stress, that the Center for Disease Control has a whole section on it under the Injury, Violence & Safety section of their website.
The problem is that stress is can be a good thing. Our bodies are made to handle a bit of stress and thrive on it. It’s just that in this current climate, most things we perceive as stressful weren’t around a thousand years ago, but our response to them is still the same. And our bodies don’t know how to cope with it.
But, there are some things you can incorporate into your daily life that won’t added more stress to your already stressful life. These things will bring a huge benefit to your life and not add a ton of time to your already overloaded schedule.
The biggest addition to your stress reducing armor is to eat a healthy diet that brings nutrition into your overloaded body. Instead of grabbing that calorie loaded donut and some processed breakfast sandwich from your favorite fast food drive through, grab a fruit filled Greek yogurt, banana, and whole grain bagel with a smidgen of cream cheese on it. These foods will bring your system online and give you the energy to fight whatever internal battle you encounter.
Lunch in the past might be a fast food burger, fries, and that large diet soda. Today, you can start with a small change in the drive thru and order a salad. Most fast food places have added healthier options to their menu. You’re looking for nutrient rich stuff, so look for spinach, kale, or dark green leafy stuff in it and make sure it has a lean meat, chicken being the most accessible. It’s not about the drastic changes, it’s about the small changes to fuel your body.
Dinner might have meant another take-out or delivery of some sort because you didn’t get home until well past the time to actually make something healthy and sit down to eat it. Once more, consider the healthier options. You’re looking for small amounts of protein mixed with a little fat and colorful vegetables. The last thing you want to reach for is anything that looks like bread, noodles, or sweets. These things don’t add the nutrition you need to keep your energy level going.
There’s hardly any time to get to your meeting, let alone spend an hour every day in the gym. So where can you put exercise into your routine?
That’s the important question and one that might not be so hard, once you concentrate on it. When you’re heading into a meeting, park two stalls further away from your regular spot right next to the door. It would be great to park across the lot and walk in, but truthfully, you may not have the time, so park a few stalls further, then start to stretch that out as you feel the benefits.
Speaking of stretching, you can stretch your body during your small few minute breaks. Entrepreneurs sometimes spend hours at their desk. So, set a timer, and get up, do some stretches and then sit back down. Even if it’s only five minutes at a time, the accumulative effect kicks and before you know it, you’ve gotten your needed thirty minutes every day.
If you need more time, consider using time savers, like the marketing gurus at Square Ship, to make your day easier so you can do those stretches while someone else does the work.
Hang out with friends
You know those networking meetings entrepreneurs are supposed to attend regularly? Well, what if you looked all those and chose a few that brought you joy and attended those regularly. These meetings are great to meet prospects and grow your business, but it’s also a wonderful way to get some stress relief, too. When you hang out with people you enjoy, your energy level rises and you feel renewed. This is important to reducing stress, especially if your schedule is busy.
Evaluate your current networking events and see which ones bring the most joy, then concentrate on attending those. When stress gets high, we tend to isolate ourselves and that’s a killer for our bodies. So be sure to hang out with friends at least once a week.
There are many more things you can do to stack stress relief into your life, but remember to think creatively about it. How can you bring nutrition, exercise, and joy into your schedule? It’s called life stacking and it works. Now go get energized for your day.