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Personal health is of utmost important as leader of your small business.

If you’ve made it this far, clearly you’re a gun at managing your small business – now it’s time to manage your personal health.

Without downtime, your body and mind won’t work to its full capacity and you won’t be doing your work justice. You may be sifting through a high quantity of work, but if it’s not quality, the effort will be redundant.

Research indicates that prolonged periods of stress can play havoc with your body. Some side effects include:

  • Nervousness
  • Tension
  • Strain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Upset stomach
  • Low morale
  • Even increased chances of heart disease!

What troubling information! Faced with these risks, it’s time to slow down and start to rebalance the work-life scales. Here are some handy tips for how to manage your personal health.

1. Learn how to say ‘no’.

As a small business owner, you are probably used to being pulled in all directions – however, there’s no shame in saying no. If you want to effectively mange your time, and your personal health while you’re at it, you need to realistically evaluate how much you can actually fit into the day and prioritise accordingly.

Some requests won’t be drop-dead-urgent and others not even worth your time – in these instances, take a deep breath and say no.

2. Block out time for enjoyment.

You’ve penciled meetings and phone calls into your diary – now try committing some of your time to relaxing activities. Even if it’s just half an hour watching a favourite television show, giving your brain a break will allow you to reenter the business afresh.

3. Get a little physical.

Exercise is often pushed to the bottom of a busy person’s list of priorities but it has more benefit than just keeping you fit and fighting. It can also improve circulation, clear your mind and give you a hit of those naturally addictive endorphins.

4. Take a vacation … for real.

If you do build up the courage to take time away from the business, make a genuine effort to escape. A holiday is escaping the office. A real holiday means time away from your phone, laptop and email.

Once refreshed, enter your business with a clear mind. You’ll find your quality of work is infinitely better when you make the time for your personal health.

So, if you’re looking to work on your business rather than being stuck in it, book in for a complimentary business assessment today with Switzer Business Coaching

Important information: This content has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular individual. It does not constitute formal advice. For this reason, any individual should, before acting, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to the individual’s objectives, financial situation and needs and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.

Published on: Monday, August 09, 2010

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