Want To Lead Your Business Into A Strong New Year? It Starts With Keeping Yourself Strong!
It’s around this time of year that entrepreneurial Moms start to envy their friends in salaried jobs. While everyone else they know is starting to wind down for the holidays, they are preparing themselves (mentally and physically) for a final big push that will see them close the quarter and the year on a high note. They understand that the fourth quarter is perhaps the most important in the business year, and while other businesses and leaders may be able to afford to pump the brakes, hers is going to hit the gas and explode into a new year with gusto…
Of course, while this involves motivating her employees, making sure her processes are as efficient as possible and ensuring that her outsourced service providers are working just as hard as she is, she must not neglect one of the most important aspects of her business… Her own wellbeing. Quite simply, no woman (however formidable) can lead her business into a strong new year if she does not enjoy strong and robust health. Unfortunately, around this time of year, most of us start to encounter a range of threats to our health both in our workplaces and at home. Here are some tips for keeping your mind and body string so that you can set a shining example for your team…
Make your mornings matter
Getting up early can be a nightmare around this time of year. Dark and cold mornings are rarely conducive to a positive start to the day. However, good health and strong leadership start with an early bedtime and an early morning.
Get up a little earlier, take the time to cook yourself a nutritious and brain healthy breakfast. Watch some TED Talks on Youtube or listen to a podcast or an audiobook by someone who inspires you. You’ll come into work focused and motivated!
Put the power back in your power lunch
Your lunch says a lot about you. What you eat throughout the day can play a huge part in your productivity. The right diet can improve cognition and memory to keep you motivated all through the day. On the other hand, working through your lunch break before heading to the vending machine for a high fat, high salt or high sugar snack is bound to leave you feeling sluggish and emotionally erratic. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too! Good hydration can give your immune system the boost it need to fight off colds and other bugs.
How clean is the air you breathe?
Speaking of bugs, germs can breed in poorly maintained AC units, and compromise your health and the health of your employees. Fortunately, there are commercial HVAC companies that can take a look at your AC apparatus and make sure that it is operating at peak efficiency and clean enough to prevent the spread of harmful germs or pesky allergens. Don’t wait until the new year, call them in today!
Let there be light!
Finally, in the absence of natural light, many of us may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder which can not only compromise our productivity but seriously impact on our quality of life. Invest in a light box to keep by your desk to shine its approximation of the sun’s rays on you after the natural light has retreated. This will help to balance your brain chemistry, keeping the winter blues at bay and helping you to get a good night’s sleep.