Guest Post By Karen Landriau
When Nathalie posted “Accounting is Sexy”, I knew I had to read it because it triggered a “Whaaaat?” reaction in me. If this got you curious too, you can read it here. She mentions the two (2) most overlooked parts of business and I’m adding what I believe to be the MOST overlooked, the SEXIEST of them all: You.
Without you there is no business.
Taking care of yourself is actually an integral part of your business and that contributes to its growth.
If you don’t put yourself as a priority in your business it will suffer. When your health is optimal EVERYTHING is easier.
Good news, bad news
The good news is, your body & mind usually don’t break down overnight. The bad news is … well, they don’t usually break down overnight. And this is one of the reasons we keep putting ourselves last on our list. It isn’t one mishap but the daily little actions that we take that make us healthy or not. Whether your overload of toxins produces symptoms such as headaches, weight gain, bloat, acne, cough, pains & aches or moodiness, they all play a role in how your business is doing.
When you keep ignoring them over time, they start affecting your business slowly slowly until you can’t do it anymore because that cold has got you glued to your bed, your foggy mind can’t focus on that deal/strategy and you just can’t decide what the right thing to do is, you get impatient with a major client and blow that relationship, you get burnt out and just lose your drive. This isn’t why you started your business. Okay, maybe a bit melodramatic but you get the point and these things happen at different degrees.
As a business owner, everything is your responsibility. Isn’t it even more important to be at your optimal health since everything is dependant on you? If your mind is not totally focused, clear, and able to handle the challenges how long do you think your business will last?
Now, I know. You‘re super busy and things really need to get done so what’s a driven entrepreneur to do? Here are 3 easy strategies that you can implement today without thinking about it too much to keep you and your business healthy.
Go for quality over quantity
You have children and/or tight deadlines and schedules and can’t go to bed early enough so, at least make it count when you close your eyes at night. Have that room completely dark. I mean pitch black dark, “can’t see your hand in front of your face” dark.
The darkness allows your body to produce the hormone melatonin needed to help the internal natural rhythm of sleep. Disruption in melatonin production may affect how your body stores fat and potentially lead to weight gain. There are studies that even link the lack of melatonin with premature aging, cancer & heart problems. Now, does any of that sound good for your business?
Here’s how you can maintain darkness during sleep:
- Get blackout curtains or a sleep mask
- Put a towel on the floor at the bedroom door to prevent the light from the other side/hallway to come through under it
- Cover your digital clock and put a towel over it
Ok, maybe the mask is not the sexiest for your partner but definitely the sexiest when you wake up looking all refreshed and not snapping at anyone.
The Trifecta effect
This one is not talked about enough. Did you know that the air inside your office or home is most of the time more polluted than outside? And if you wonder how that affects your health, just ask someone with asthma or someone that had mold in their house how much quality air is important? You don’t need those major problems for quality air to affect you.
When you stay indoors for long periods of time you keep breathing the same air. That air becomes stale. Your body needs fresh air to be fuelled. When you get more oxygen to your brain, the clearer your mind becomes.
Over time, if you keep breathing in stale air you may get various symptoms like headaches, tiredness, sluggishness. Also, fresh air is essential for keeping your immune system strong, so without it, you may get frequent colds. I’ve never heard of increased productivity at work during a cold, have you?
Going outside and getting some fresh air is the 3 in 1 perfection. The fresh air provides oxygen to your brain & every cell in your body. And, you’re probably not just standing around breathing, hopefully you went around the block for a short walk, you moving a bit contributes to increasing your blood flow and that means more energy & oxygen and more oxygen helps your brain operate better! The third benefit is that you get some sunshine at the same time, even if the skies are overcast, it’s still triggering your skin to produce some Vitamin D which is good for the immune and nervous system and the brain. Makes me want to step outside right now!
Last but not least
How can I not talk about hydrating properly when it has such a big affect on your energy, your hunger, your skin, your digestion, you immune system & your mind!
Your impaired mental abilities are the first symptoms of dehydration. Do you think your business runs smoother on a dehydrated brain?
Although we all know we should drink more we don’t always do it.
So the best way, the easiest way to incorporate this into your daily life is to start your day with 8 to 16 ounces, room temperature water, as soon as you wake up!
Whether you put the glass on your nightstand, the counter in the bathroom or the kitchen counter right in front of the coffee machine, drinking water first thing just helps your body and mind get started in the morning.
Bonus points if you added fresh lemon juice to it (no plastic juice please!) but not necessary.
Progression versus perfection
One step at a time. You won’t be perfect every single day. It is the daily little actions that count and make a big difference. So choose one strategy, just one, choose the easiest for you to integrate during the week and do it for one week and see the benefits for you and your business in only 7 days.
When you’re healthy, you have a happier disposition, you see things differently, you make different choices and you can handle the challenges better. When you’re in your optimal health state you are the next level of you. So tell me, how can your business not be affected by that? How are you not the most important & sexiest asset in you business? Do yourself and your business a favor and start treating yourself like the sexiest, most important asset that you know you are.
Wishing you prosperous health & wealth!
Karen is a holistic health strategist and the creator of the KLANDAR, a tool that guides her clients from where they are now to where they want to be. She supports men & women who have put themselves on the back burner long enough and are ready to take their health to the next level. She is the support whisperer for a healthier lifestyle. Her approach is pretty different than what most people are used to. It’s not just about food.