8 Life-Changing Doctor-Approved Lifestyle Habits Every Entrepreneur Should Be Doing Now

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur. Tales of long nights spent hunched over your computer, drinking copious amounts of coffee to stay awake.

Starting a business takes a lot of time, energy, and focus – but that doesn’t mean you need to let your health fall to the wayside. In fact, we believe you should treat your health like a business. Starting a new venture requires a lot of planning and a solid investment of time and resources, and so does your health.

Whether you run a service-based or product-based business, your health is directly correlated to how you make money. Especially in the early days, when you likely don’t have a team of employees to cover for you if you fall sick, maintaining good health is critical to launching and growing a successful business.

Here are the eight lifestyle habits you should doing daily to support your physical health and overall wellbeing.


1. Support your immune system

Have you heard the saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?’ It couldn’t be more true for entrepreneurs. If you’re self-employed and don’t have health benefits, every dollar you spend on emergency medical visits or prescription medications counts. Today Canadians, face the second-highest drug costs in the industrialised world, after Americans.   

To boost your immunity on a regular basis, consider adding supplements like echinacea and astragalus to your diet. You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D, B12, B6, C and Zinc. All of these herbs vitamins have been linked to healthy immune function. Check out our blog post on naturally boosting your immune system high at this link here

2. Build a team

While hiring staff is an important step for any entrepreneur, we’re talking about your health care team. These are the health care providers that you can call on when the going gets tough.

We recommend regular visits to a massage therapist, acupuncturist, and a therapist to help you relax your body, manage pain, relieve stress and work through your emotions. Working with a naturopathic doctor can help you coordinate your nutrition, resolve any symptoms you may be experiencing, and keep an eye on chronic health conditions.

Last but not least, see a general practitioner annually for physical examinations, baseline blood tests, and to stay up-to-date on pap smears and other important health tests.


3. Eat good food

Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs to function at its best. In particular, you’ll want to up your intake of foods like blueberries, turmeric, broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach, ginger and garlic, which are known for their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Meditate daily

Feeling overwhelmed? Stress overload can increase your body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which over time, could lead to suppressed immune function and more illnesses. Meditating for even just a few minutes every day can help you relax and also manage feelings of anxiety or depression.

There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques that have meditation components. For example, some ways to meditate include guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation and vipassana meditation. We like to start with a progressive muscle relaxation or body scan.

5. Exercise regularly

While you might be tempted to roll out of bed and immediately start working, there are lots of reasons why you might want to squeeze in a sweat session first. Regular physical activity can give you more energy, help you manage stress, make you stronger, and also help prevent chronic diseases like cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Exercise has also been linked to an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), an important protein that helps support your brain’s learning, memory, and cognitive functions.

Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. If you’re really strapped for time, think of ways that you can incorporate more movement into your daily life. For example, you could bike or run to work, try the ‘7-Minute Workout’, or do exercises while you’re watching TV.


6. Get a good night’s sleep

During the crucial stages of starting a new business, sleep slips down the priority list for many entrepreneurs, who are always seeking out creative ways to do more with less. However, a lack of sleep can affect your mood, memory, and health in serious ways. Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of dementia, cancer, and high blood pressure. It can also lead to depression, irritability, anxiety, and fuzzy-thinking – exactly the opposite of what you want to be feeling when you’re scaling your company.

If you’ve been burning the midnight oil, start by focusing on improving the quality of your sleep and getting more out of the time that you can be asleep. For instance, reducing audible or visual distractions before bed can help get a deeper sleep. Also, try not to hit to the snooze button on your morning alarm – it can disrupt the sleep cycle, and lead you to feel more tired as a result.    

If you’re having trouble sleeping due to insomnia or a sleep disorder, talk to your licensed healthcare provider. A consult with a naturopathic doctor and services like acupuncture can help you address the underlying issues and correct any nutritional deficiencies.

7. Practice gratitude and goal setting

Entrepreneurs face an incredible amount of stress and uncertainty on a daily basis, which can wreak havoc on their mental health. According to a study by Michael Freeman, entrepreneurs are 50 percent more likely to report having a mental health condition, with some specific conditions being incredibly prevalent amongst founders.

To help you manage your mental health, we recommend the two G’s: gratitude and goal setting. Practicing gratitude can be a great way to spread generate positive feelings internally and it can spread to the world around you. Positive feelings can lift you up, boost your enthusiasm, and motivate you to achieve even more.

When goal setting, we encourage the use of “SMART” goals, that is goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound. Practicing goal setting through setting “SMART” goals, can help you feel less overwhelmed by helping you keep track of important deadlines and break down your biggest goals into smaller segments.

8. Know when to take a break

Remember: entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Especially if you’re working from home, you might find your work days stretching beyond the 12-hour mark, which leaves little time for all the wonderful self-care activities on this list.

Try using the Pomodoro Technique while you’re working to help you stay on task and manage your time better. And make sure to schedule some “me” time in the evenings. Whether it’s reading a book, or doing a relaxing yoga routine, having an end-of-day ritual can help your brain switch off and unwind.

Running a successful business is all about balance. In the same way that bringing in new business is just as important tracking your finances, managing your mental and emotional state is just as important as eating fruits and vegetables. As an entrepreneur, since your personal output is directly related to your business output, investing in your wellness means investing in your bottom line.