Being a business owner is hard work to say the least – you’re the employer and employee. You put in long hours and highly stressful days, ensuring that everything is running smoothly. Without realising it, you work yourself to the bone, falling into dangerous trends that eventually lead to overwhelming fatigue.
Being your own boss is, of course, appealing, but being a business owner also means that you will face financial stress and even issues regarding home life. It can be tough to find the right balance, but most certainly not impossible. You need to actively care for yourself, being not only a successful business owner, but a healthy one.
At the end of the day, if you’re not taking care of yourself, how can you take care of your business?
Chronic Fatigue — A Mystery to Modern Medicine
Chronic fatigue syndrome is sweeping the globe, leading to severe symptoms and health consequences. Just recently, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that this condition actually resembles hibernation. Unlike humans, animals such as bats, bears and snakes go into a ‘power-save’ mode, helping them adapt to harsh environmental conditions.
While studying 612 different metabolites in the bodies of people with chronic fatigue syndrome, it was found that 80 percent of the metabolites were lower in those with this condition, in comparison to a control group. It was also found that abnormalities were apparent in 20 of the metabolic pathways.
Of course, humans do not hibernate, however, the metabolic signature observed is similar to that of hibernating animals. As you can imagine, this leads to a wide range of symptoms, including lack of concentration, muscle pain, headaches, extreme exhaustion, sore throat, and reduced sleep quality.
Since no blood tests or brain scans can identify this syndrome, it’s estimated that less than 20 percent of individuals suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome have been diagnosed. No singular cause has been identified, but some factors include an overactive immune system, emotional conditions, and stress-related hormonal abnormalities.
Although you may not be suffering from this specific condition, it’s important to take proactive measures before debilitating symptoms do surface. Listen to your body and take action before you become ill. If you’re feeling the effects of long hours and one too many stressful decisions, it’s time to confront the following three dangers that lead to symptoms of fatigue.
Avoid These 3 Dangerous Trends, Leading to Overwhelming Fatigue
As mentioned, you may not be suffering from chronic fatigue, especially if you can still successfully complete your daily tasks. With that being said, if you don’t address the following dangers, you could most certainly develop this condition or worse. You need to focus on work-life balance, as well as a healthy lifestyle.
Without knowing it, you may be at-risk for one of the following three trends. If so, it’s time to take action today – don’t put your health off any longer.
- Working TOO Much
It’s important to be both passionate and hard working if you want to own and operate a business. After all, if you don’t put in the time and effort, how will you succeed? As you grow more and more tired, you not only begin to experience aches and pains, but the growth of your business will likely suffer.
You need to take time for yourself, stepping away from the business. If you have hit a wall and can’t seem to focus, listen to this – working less can actually make you more productive. You can only get so much done in one day, so make an effort to complete required tasks before focusing on your health and home life.
Whether you spend more time with your kids, helping to relieve mental stress and promote happiness — or work off your frustrations in the gym, you need to live a more balanced lifestyle. It’s all about changing your current daily habits, making choices that benefit both you and your business.
- Not Eating Enough or Choosing the Wrong Foods
How many of you get up, head to work, and before you know it, the clock has struck 1 pm and all you’ve had was coffee? This is a big no, no – there’s always time to eat. More importantly, there’s always time for nutrient-rich foods that will help you fuel both your body and mind.
It’s easy to opt for quick, convenient foods, but unfortunately, these fast options tend to lack beneficial nutrients. Take the time to pack small snacks that you can consume throughout the day – berries, nuts, bananas, and other easy-to-pack snacks. Also, prepare at least one balanced meal that will fuel your body and mind, such as a salad with salmon or roasted vegetables with rice – these can be made the night before.
Positive nutrition is one of the best tools you have and whether you believe it or not, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will give you an upper edge. You need to stay sharp and focused, so be sure to consume foods that fuel the brain – nuts, seeds, lean meat, beans, fruit, vegetables, and plenty of water. After all, small daily changes can lead to healthier long-term habits.
- Ignoring Treatable Symptoms
Why would you make your life less enjoyable? Why would you choose to ignore symptoms such as back pain or fatigue? Well, as all business owners know, there are 101 priorities above and beyond these minimal symptoms. What happens when those minimal symptoms grow into health issues that are harder to treat?
Take tension headaches, for instance, a dull pain that can significantly reduce your ability to work. When experiencing these headaches day in and day out, increased levels of fatigue will likely follow. Since these headaches are generally caused by tense muscles, especially in the shoulders and neck, a simple physiotherapy session can do wonders.
When you notice a symptom, no matter how small, address it immediately. If you have to take a sick day, do it – it is more than worth it long-term. If you are on your feet all day, be sure to soak in Epsom salts at least three times weekly, helping you relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.
As a business owner, you will face many stressful days, that is a fact. With that in mind, remember that it’s how you approach these situations that makes all the difference. Stress management will be critical in terms of reducing fatigue, as hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline can lead to what’s known as adrenal fatigue.
There is no simple answer, but there is one word that sums up what you need to do in order to protect yourself — balance. You need to focus not only on work-life balance, but also a balanced lifestyle. As long as you care for your health, your business will benefit from a more focused, relaxed owner.