Published on October 17th, 2017 | by Jose Vasquez0
Don’t Neglect Your Physical Health In Startup Tech Companies
Entrepreneurship is mentally demanding, but don’t neglect your physical condition either.
While leading a new startup tech company, it’s natural to let a few things in your personal life slide. You’ll probably drop a hobby or spend a weekend at work to make sure you can hit your professional goals. However, there’s one aspect of your personal life you can’t afford to neglect, even when your business is on the cusp of a breakthrough: your physical health.
Taking care of your physical health has only a few basic tenets, and you don’t have to become a fitness nut to pay attention to them:
- Eating healthy. You don’t have to be a total health nut to eat healthier in your daily life; cut out sugary drinks, add a few more vegetables, and cut back your portions if you have a tendency to overeat. It’s really that simple.
- Try to get at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity a day—even if that’s just a brisk walk around the office before work starts. Do yoga by your desk if you have to.
- Getting enough sleep. Aim to get that 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night; it’s more important than you probably realize. Consistent lack of sleep has terrible health consequences.
- Recovering from illness. If you’re sick, or otherwise unable to work, take the time off that you need to recover. Don’t try to work through the pain.
- Avoiding abuse. Stress can get the better of you as an entrepreneur, so try to avoid substances with the potential for abuse, like alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
Even a little attention in each of these areas can go a long way. If you neglect them entirely, your physical—and mental—health will suffer. Accordingly, you won’t be nearly as productive while you’re working, you’ll miss more days due to illness, your insurance costs will go up, and you’ll dramatically shorten your lifespan—which means you’ll have far less time to enjoy your success (assuming your business ever gets to be successful).
Overall, it’s not worth the short-term gains to skip out on these important health tenets. Make sure you prioritize your physical health as an entrepreneur, no matter what.