As a business leader, you’re the captain of your own ship.
You steer its course through treacherous waters and advise the crew on their individual roles and responsibilities.
From the view from the deck to the innermost machinations, you’re responsible for making sure each and every part of the vessel holds water.
Sometimes, it can feel like you have the world on your shoulders—but it’s all worth it when you see your ideas make a real difference in people’s lives.
With so much to worry about in the workplace, yoga might be the last thing on your mind.
But there are many good reasons why you should take great care of your health.
Below, we’ll list 5 Reasons Why Business Leaders Need to Prioritize Health and Wellness.
You’re in it for the Long Haul
You haven’t dedicated years of nonstop work to a flash-in-the-pan business.
No—you’re hoping to build a company that becomes an industry leader, helping foster economic growth for years to come.
To succeed in the long term, you need to be there in the long term.
This might seem a little melodramatic, but remember that poor habits take a toll on the immune system.
Inflammation from a poor diet, constant stress, and little sleep can aggregate over time.
Your overtaxed immune system won’t be as resilient to invading pathogens, and you could eventually suffer chronic issues.
How can you avoid this fate?
- Eat healthy alternatives to your favorite junk foods
- Find ways to relieve stress
- Exercise regularly (that means near-daily, not annually!)
- Make time for annual checkups
Need more motivation? Read on.
You Think Best on a Good Night’s Sleep
Maybe some of your trend-setting ideas arrived in the middle of the night.
But let’s face it—inspiration doesn’t usually strike when you’re so jetlagged by business travel that you can barely tell your coffee cup from the flower vase.
Consistent rest is a key to overall health and to a well-functioning brain!
If you’re unable to turn your mind off after a day of brainstorming and delegating, try the following sleep hacks:
- CBD pills before bed
- Diffusing lavender essential oil
- Drinking chamomile tea
- Using blackout curtains
- Buying earplugs and a sleep mask
If you do wake up in the middle of the night to jot something down, try and get back to your sleep routine the next night.
Your Employees Rely on You
As your business grows, you may delegate a second-in-command, and even a whole managerial chain.
At the same time, as long as you’re around, your habits set the tone for the entire business.
If you’re working 24/7, drinking coffee like your life depends on it, and getting little exercise behind pacing the office corridors, your employees will notice.
What’s more, they’ll get the message that that’s how you expect them to function, too.
Encourage your employees to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
You can set a good example by:
- Trying a functional coffee
- Actually taking a lunch break
- Enrolling in a healthy meal program
- Ignoring your emails on weekends (or at least Sundays!)
You can even create workplace initiatives to encourage healthy living. Set an example by participating!
What’s your company’s brand—calm, confident, and collected—or exhausted, grumpy, and perpetually under-the-weather?
Most companies craft their images around aspirational qualities and traits.
When the owner themself embodies those qualities, it can lead to positive press coverage and increased client trust.
Go ahead and strive to be the reality behind your brand’s imagined traits.
Enjoy Your Success
There’s more to life than work.
We hope that’s not a controversial statement!
Too many busy leaders put off enjoying their success until retirement.
However, there’s no way to make up for lost time with your kids, or the peak years of your health.
You won’t be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in your 70s if you can barely climb a staircase at 45.
Living a healthy, well-rounded life now will pay dividends in long-term health so that you can enjoy the present moment and your golden years, too.
When You Thrive, Your Business Thrives
Sometimes, you have to power through a period of ill-health, insomnia, or grief to get work done.
Choppy waters demand you steer the ship, even if you’re feeling a little seasick yourself.
Just remember that when the clouds clear, you can and should take time to recover.
As we age, it can be harder to summon the energy for a stressful period—and doing so can take a bigger toll on our health.
Rest, recharge, and relax when your business is thriving.
That way, you’ll be ready for whatever comes along next.
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