Healthy Businesses need Healthy Owners
To have an effective business, there must be an effective leader, or effective leaders. But if the manager or owner of a business is tired and worn out, they are not likely to be very effective. You must learn to take care of your own physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Delegate responsibility - many businesses fail because their owners do not delegate responsibility to senior members of staff, or do not take breaks or holidays.
- Take time out - your business is very important to you, but some of the best decisions you will make, and some of the best ideas you will come up with are when you are relaxed and doing other things. This can also help you gain perspective and the bigger picture of your business, so when you come back you can approach your business in a whole new light.
- Make sure you take enough exercise - sitting in your office or business all day long and then working at home can mean that your life becomes very sedentary. Getting out in the fresh air for a walk or jog, or attending some form of exercise class can help our minds to stay alert.
- Relaxation is also essential - relaxation can be spending time with your family, reading a book, taking a long bath, going for a walk, watching TV, or seeing friends. In fact anything which helps you to unwind and take your mind off your business (even for half an hour) is beneficial. It is important that your business does not take over your life.
- Hobbies are another good way to relax – and they can also provide you with a means of meeting others who share the same interest. Perhaps join a club associated with your hobby, or subscribe to a magazine or website run by enthusiasts.
- Holidays – remember to take holidays. It is too easy to think that your business can not do without you, and you cannot take time off. Others make the mistake of taking time off but spending all their holiday time answering emails and phone calls about work. This way they never truly get a break.
- Family and friends are the most important – we all have relationships outside work and it is important to maintain them and respect them. It is easy to think that friends and family will still be there when our business is successful, but people can feel ignored and left out. It is important for your own mental health to keep in touch with your family and friends. After all, they will be there for you if your business fails – so long as you treat them well.
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