There are more than 3.5 million business owners throughout Canada. This means approximately 13% of the country’s entire population is involved in entrepreneurship, and they are connected to all of the pros and cons that come with it, stress included. Since the dawn of the pandemic, Canada, along with the US, has reported some of the highest anxiety levels in the world. If you are an entrepreneur that wants to continue being successful, you’re going to have to start by putting your energy where it’s most important: into yourself.
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Reduce Stress At Work
Workplace stress can leave you with lingering negative feelings long after you’ve locked the front door. A few ways to lessen your daily distress include:
Focus On Your Physical Health
Your self-care efforts must extend to ways to keep your physical health in top shape. A few ideas are:
Don’t Stay Stuck To The Timeclock
Taking care of yourself at home and work is great, but it’s also crucial that you step away from both from time to time.
As you can see, self-care doesn’t have to mean personal indulgences. Sometimes, the practical things we do each day, like eating well and making sure our businesses have enough money to operate, are enough to keep us whole and happy. When you run a business, your health is something that you cannot take for granted, so put as much importance on yourself as you do your company, and you will see both thrive.
Balance is essential for maintaining a healthy and safe lifestyle. The ability to balance is a skill that we use all the time, sometimes without even thinking about it. We use our balance in tasks as simple as standing or walking. It is crucial for movement and reduces the risk of falls that can lead into injuries. Balance improves overall quality of life in Seniors1.
What can we do to maintain a good balance? A strong core is the key, as it is where our Centre of Gravity resides. It is the link between our upper and lower body, and it is involved in nearly all the activities that we perform throughout the day. A weak core can lead to some postural imbalances that can lead to poor balance. And what is the core? It includes more than only the abdominal muscles. The core contains basically all the muscles of our trunk, front and back (image 1). A strong core is important, but it is not enough. The most effective way to keep a good balance is to work on strength, functional movement, and stretch and flexibility as well.
ises will not only help enhance our balance, but will also help to keep our muscles strong, and improve bone mass and density. It is not about lifting 100 pounds but to perform simple exercises like squatting using light weights if possible to improve our balance and strength.
Moving the body helps to improve balance and proprioception2, as well as keeping a strong heart and increase bone mass. It can be as simple as going out for a short walk with friends.
Stretch and flexibility are important components for balance and stability. They also help us to move our joints freely and perform daily life tasks easily. The best part is that flexibility can be regained at any age. Stretching can also help decreasing tension and stress and relax the body. Stretching feels good!
Some of the best exercise programs for balance include Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Tai Chi, as well as some exercises that include movements in different directions, specially those that mimic activities of daily living like pushing, pulling, raising, lowering and rotating. When we are starting to work on our balance, it is a good idea to begin with static and slow movements, and have a chair or a wall available for extra support. The most important is to choose an exercise program that is fun for us and we enjoy.
1. The Effect of Balance and Coordination Exercises on Quality of Life in Older Adults: A Mini-Review. Frontier in Aging Neuroscience, 15 November 2019. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnagi.2019.00318/fulls
2. Proprioception: The sense of knowing where the body is in relation to its various segments and the external environment.
Social media can be a great thing! I have made connections with some really amazing people, found support, encouragement, and inspiration, and that has been so great. . . But, social media can also be not so great! It can be so easy to waste hours looking through posts, and not get all that much done. It can also be a place of comparison, comparing your body, your success, your life to others. Which can very quickly lead to feeling down on yourself, and your goals, your body, your life...all of it! And that does not help you to believe in yourself and keep pushing when things seem impossible! . . I know that I have most definitely been guilty of playing the comparison game, and feeling not so good about myself and where I am at. Which is almost always followed up with a little bit of beating myself up, and a loss of that positive self believing mindset. I am not saying that social media is a bad thing, but as in life, you have to be careful of what you allow into your thoughts, and the people you surround yourself with. And remember that more often than not, social media is a highlight reel, not necessarily reality! . . So, unfollow accounts that don't fit you and your vibes, surround yourself with kind, and supportive people in life, and on social media. There is room for everyone to be successful, and happy no matter what that means for you, remember that! . . Don't let someone else's highlight reel deter you from you dreams, your purpose, or your passions!!
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