Why Wellness Needs to Be Your First Priority As a Small Business Owner
Over the past few months I have been working hard on my businesses...which means way too many hours spent sitting at my desk and sipping on Diet Coke. Everyday I encountered the mid day slump which would leave me feeling like I have to take a nap before I could possibly do one more thing.
While naps aren't a bad thing (I'm a big believer in naps), I didn't like feeling so tired all of the time. My priority was getting work done, managing my two stores and keeping my photography business running, it certainly wasn't worrying about my health.
Have you ever been sick and you would think to yourself, "I so take good health for granted!". It seems as if health only seems like a priority for me when I'm sick. About three weeks ago I started to get real with myself.
I knew that I didn't want to continue to make my health an after thought. It needed to be the first thing I put on my to do list each day and once I have completed taking care of myself I can move on to everything else that occupies my time.
So what did I do about it?
I am a sucker for Instagram ads. Seriously. Instagram has mastered the algorithm of putting products in my feed they know I'm going to be interested in (damn you Instagram ;)) I saw an ad for a new type of weight loss app. It's called Noom.
Noom is an app that allows you to track your calories, log your weight and offers coaching and other daily tasks to keep you on track. It reminds me of Weight Watchers without the in person meetings.
Here are a few changes I've made in the past several weeks...
No. 1 : Ditch the Soda
First on the to do list? Ditch my awful Diet Coke habit and start drinking water. I haven't cut Diet Coke out completely but I drastically decreased my intake. Now it doesn't even seem as appealing to me. I am hoping that I start to crave water and that the DC keeps losing it's pull on me. It truly is an addiction and is tough to let go of.
No. 2: Eat Regularly
I'm one of those people who can have a morning coffee and then not eat actually food until late afternoon when I'm crashing. Then I would reach for the most convenient thing I could get my hands on. My favorite go-to was Monster Mix from Target. Do you know what I'm talking about? If you've tried it you know that it's pretty much the most awesome food (uhhh if you can call it that) in the world. There are peanuts and M&M's and chocolate chips...I would eat it by the handful.
Needless to say that Monster mix and all of it's goodness was not a good choice. I can't even begin to estimate how many calories I was shoving in my mouth each day. I knew I had to make a change and say goodbye to my beloved treat.
We all know how important breakfast is and yea, I just pretty much ignored that known fact. So, I decided it was time to ensure I eat consistently throughout the day, never letting my blood sugar drop to my "hangry" (hungry + angry) level.
No. 3: Plan Ahead
I have another confession. I'm lazy. Well, when it comes to preparing food for myself I just don't want to take the time to do it (hello, McDonald's drive through). Without a plan for what you are going to eat that day, you're pretty much destined to fail. When I realized this I finally created a plan which involved big grocery shopping lists and lots of plastic containers. Now I try to plan ahead and conveniently package my breakfast, snacks and meals so I can walk to the refrigerator and make a good choice.
I am a work-a-holic, I can be mad productive but I know that if I don't stop and take the time to take care of myself that will not be long-lived.
Only you are in charge of your Priorities and how you use your time. If you want to use your time to watch Netflix and chill, girl, you do that! But also commit to take a long walk after dinner with your family.
I love the quote by Abraham Lincoln “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” Amen, bro.
What are you going to do to make your health a priority?