There’s an old saying, “Your health is your wealth”, and if you don’t believe that yet, you will when it’s too late. Running your own business and managing your career is a full time, 24/7 job where “sick days” don’t exist. Preventative health care is your best bet in keeping up with your hustle, and in the long run, saving you money.
What many of us fail to acknowledge is that our health and stress levels directly affect each other. I recommend approaching your health plan through mind, body, and spirit, as the three are connected to one another and keeping them balanced is key. It took me breaking out in hives and developing a food allergy to realize my stress was endangering my health. My body was giving me warning signals, and I didn’t even realize it until the damage was done. Now I can’t eat anything with soy 🙁
Although it’s a constant challenge living a low- to no-stress life, there are steps we can take to live fit. Below are some tips and ideas that have helped me over the years.
Whoever said “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, was probably a very unhappy person. The truth about sleep and rest in general, is that it allows your brain and body to repair itself. Try going to bed early and sleeping a full 8-10 hours for at least 2 weeks, and I guarantee your mood will improve, you won’t feel as stressed out, and your creative juices will be flowing! The best part about sleeping your way to health is that it won’t cost you anything, unless of course you decide to splurge on a tempurpedic mattress.
If you’re afraid of needles, acupuncture may be a challenge to consider as part of your health plan, but don’t knock it till you try it. This ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine has become much more common and the health benefits are pretty amazing. From my own experience, I started going to acupuncture due to food allergies induced by stress, and after 9 months of consistent treatments, the allergies have almost disappeared! Through my weekly sessions I learned that these tiny needles can ail almost anything, from a cold to a sprained ankle to insomnia. What I enjoyed most about my acupuncture sessions was a quiet space to just lay still and relax.
Did you ever think that your happiness is related to your health? It’s true, how you feel mentally and emotionally does have a direct impact on how you feel physically. So doing things that make you smile and feel good need to be part of your business plan. This can be a financial challenge since many things that make us smile and feel good are associated with spending money. The saying “the best things in life are free” applies here. Whether it’s taking your dogs to the park, making time to laugh with family and friends, going for a run, or watching waves crash at the beach, you don’t have to bust out your wallet to feel good about life.
As an independent hustler, I know what it’s like to not have health insurance, work long hours into the early morning, and often find yourself battling a cold. After living and working like that for several years, I realized I was burned out (and I also lost trust in the health care system). So I adjusted my diet, made time to be outdoors instead of inside sending out emails, and enjoyed living life like a marathon instead of a sprint. The tips I shared here have helped me regain control and live in equilibrium: Proof that you can still be productive and not have to sacrifice your health in exchange for success.
I hope these ideas and experiences spark your own preventative health plan and a well balanced year ahead. What are you currently doing to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit?
* For additional info on stress and your health, Paloma recommends you watch the documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer, when you have a moment.
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