I hear it all too often and I myself am guilty of it…burning that midnight oil. It’s a part of the uniform of an entrepreneur, long days and late nights. The big problem with this way of thinking and by extension living is that it is not sustainable long-term and can have grave effects on one’s health.
I’ve been there, working until 4 am and napping for 3hrs to wake up to a full day. Yes, I met my deadlines but after a while, I started hating the hours, I felt like an overworked employee…with no one to blame but myself. Yet for a lot of us this is a way of life, and when the body starts to “riot” because of the extreme conditions we start trying to normalize, we get frustrated and treat our own health as if it were an inconvenience.
So how can we change it?
1. Understand that your health is not an inconvenience
The mind is an amazing thing and must be nurtured and protected. That nourishment and protection come from our body and we must respect it and care for it. When the body starts to give us warning signs, sometimes we need to NOT file it away as a nagging inconvenience and push forward in the “mind over matter” mode. Instead, acknowledge it as a starter for a conversation of change, knowing that change doesn’t always have to be huge changes but small steps (or deep breaths).
2. Get Educated
Read, read, read! There is a lot of information and resources out there to help you along the way. This is your business and your life, one should not be at war with the other…and you are not the casualty. Read about what other industry leaders are doing, how they are coping, what tips and strategies they might recommend. It is important to know that you are not alone, there are others experiencing the same highs and lows and there is a light at the end of that tunnel!
3. GET SOME SLEEP!
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