One of the things that I love about being a business owner is that there is no routine. One week is never the same as the next. There are weeks that are better than others. Some weeks are just harder than others and sometimes by Thursday I am wishing it was Sunday morning so I can have my cup of coffee in peace in front of my water fountain.
As a mom of 3 young girls and an owner of 2 businesses, it’s important for me to eat well and stay healthy. However, there are times that no matter how well I eat or how many vitamins I take, I still feel exhausted. Although I have 3 kids, they are not the ones that wear me out the most. The fact that most of my work is conducted on the computer is the culprit. It's been proven that sitting in front of the computer (often with the incorrect posture,) for long hours affects our health, our moods, our energy levels and our productivity.
As a business owner, my hours are long and it can be difficult to find the appropriate division between work and home responsibilities. Small business owners are almost always playing more than one role in their business whether it’s customer service, sales, or administration. For these reasons, it’s important as business owners to invest in our health. If we want to enjoy the future fruits of our labor, we need to take care of ourselves today.
Taking a proactive, holistically based approach to health is the ideal way to invest in our own health. I am a big proponent of natural health and preventative alternatives like supplements, cleanses, vitamins, eating organic, physical exercise, eating full, planned-out meals throughout the day, and listening to your body. Western medicine and physicians have their place in self-care, but these natural approaches are incredibly effective.
Here are my favorite natural ways to invest in your health and boost your energy:
If your body is aching, if your eyes are stinging, if you feel tired – your body is telling you something! It needs rest. One of the major problems we all face today is that we are so busy and we don’t seem to have the time to listen to our bodies. If we just slow down from time to time and really listen to our bodies, we would not have as many health problems. Our bodies are often telling us what they need, but we are simply too busy to listen. Cravings, headaches, muscle pain and the like are all messages that our bodies send us to try and get what they need to function at their optimal levels.
What to Do: It can be hard to tune into your body and really listen to what it's trying to tell you. It's ok to start small…when you feel tired, rest! Even laying down for 15 minutes, calming your mind and doing nothing will help you feel refreshed for the rest of your day. When you feel hungry, eat! When you want a piece of chocolate, eat a piece of chocolate (organic dark chocolate of course).
Think Lemons and Water (Sorry, It’s Not Lemonade!)
Our bodies get bogged down from the toxins we are exposed to every day and the food we eat (especially if that food is not organic). The way to rid the body of these toxins is through a cleanse. If you are a busy person, you may not have time to do a robust cleanse that takes 7 days. A simple way to cleanse your body is with lemon. Organic lemon is one of the best natural body cleansers there is. The citric acid in lemons has the ability to dissolve built-up toxins in the body, allowing them to be flushed out of the body through urination.
What to Do: Drink a warm glass of water with the juice of 1 lemon before every meal.
Replace Energy Drinks
Commercial energy drinks are full of sugars, chemicals and artificial flavors. To boost your health, consider replacing those energy drinks with a natural energy-boosting beverage. Apple cider vinegar mixed with water is the perfect solution! It is used to detox the body and promote weight loss along with the energy boosting properties inherent to the drink. Apple cider vinegar also kills bacteria in your body, so it is great for achieving high levels of all around good health.
What to do: Take equal parts of apple cider vinegar with the mother and raw honey in a warm glass of water up to 3 times per day.
Many of us feel sleepy immediately following lunch. If this happens to you, another way to boost your energy is to drink organic green tea right after your meal. This not only gives you a great energy boost, but it can also help you lose weight.
Take a Sniff
According to a Japanese study, oranges contains linalool, a compound whose odor has been shown to lower stress levels in animals.
What to do: When you are feeling stressed, smell and savor the scent of an orange and you could feel instantly relaxed.
Breathe Into Your Tummy
Focus on taking deep breaths throughout your day. Our fast-paced world has caused us to be shallow breathers. Breathing deeply through your stomach has so many health benefits including:
•Lowers the stress on internal organs, allowing the body to naturally cleanse
•Greater productivity and learning
•Better decision making
•Creates more energy for the body to heal and detoxify
•Increases oxygen to the heart, brain and eyes
What to do: Bring attention to your body and train yourself to breathe deeply. Let most of the movement of the breath be below the ribcage. Breathe into your tummy through you nose and exhale through your mouth. Repeat throughout your day.
Get Your ZZZZZ’s
It’s not uncommon for business owners to stay up working through the wee hours of the morning. A habit that I have had to instill in myself is to go to bed by 10pm and wake up at about 4am. The hours between 10pm and 2am are the most important hours for getting rest because these are the hours when your body can repair and restore itself.
What to do: Go to bed before 10pm. If you have a habit of staying up past 10, work on changing your habit slowly by going to bed earlier in 5 minute increments each day. Before you know it, you'll be ready for bed at 10 each night.
The suggestions above are effective ways to boost your energy throughout the week and invest in your health for the long-term. Of course these things alone will not solve all your health problems, so it is important to make wise lifestyle choices. In addition to the suggestions above, consider reducing your consumption of alcohol, avoid smoking, and avoiding processed and fast food.
This article is for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or health professional. I have educated myself on the topics of natural health and alternative medicine. My team at BusySuperVA and I are advocates for organic eating, farming and bringing awareness to end GMO foods.
This post was originally published on the BusySuperVA blog.
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