Self-employment can mean your plans to stay healthy take a back burner while you focus on building your brand and your business. Designing a business can be so exciting that we get wrapped up in the work and creativity and we forget to take the time to pay attention to our health.

Our health should be even more of a priority because being strong and healthy allows us to be even more present to our team, target audience and our family. Good health provides us with the attitude and resiliency we need to push forward on those days our business doesn’t follow the model we designed it to follow and it helps hold us up through sometimes constant demand for our time and attention.

Our good health can help us resist the illnesses that are caused by too much stress. It can also help protect us from burn out which can often occur when you focus on one thing and forget to step away from it occasionally.

Sometimes it can be really difficult to find the right balance in our schedules that allows us the time to exercise and make good food choices. Things pop up that we are not prepared for and they need to be dealt with.

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Below are six tips to help you maintain your good health when you’re self-employed:

  1. A great place to begin is by making a commitment to yourself to take care of YOU. You put yourself in service of others every day but the better you take care of yourself, the better you’ll be able to care for those around you.
  2. Ensure you’re being good to yourself by planning ahead and making your health a priority. It doesn’t work to put yourself last on your to do list. Other things may get done but if you’re wiped out and ill, they won’t be getting done for long. Plan your meals and schedule your exercise as you would plan and schedule a client meeting. If you plan your week out before it begins, your healthy plan should be a part of your planning process. By scheduling and writing down your health and fitness plan, you are more inclined to stick with it.
  3. You will want to include exercise in your plan and you should pick an exercise you enjoy. Make sure you mix it up so you don’t get bored and pick activities that you look forward to doing.
  4. Buy the cute clothes. Working out can be even more fun when you have the right workout clothes that make you feel confident and fun. There is no shortage of attractive varieties of workout wear. You can find your favorite things at local athletic store or online. Look good, while striving to look good.
  5. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workouts to keep yourself hydrated and to aid with digestion. A good rule of thumb is to try to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. You’ll feel less hungry and more energized.
  6. Invite your family and/or friends to join you. Nothing makes you stay accountable better than having a tribe to join you in your journey to good health. We don’t always feel motivated so having a health accountability partner can go a long way on a day we need some extra encouragement.

Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a day of eating well or exercising. Remember that tomorrow is another day and you get get back on board with staying healthy.

 

Sandra Fry is a Business Strategist + Coach and a Co-Founder of Fry & Company