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For many of us, our financial needs seem to be never-ending. You need to put a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food on the table, pay your bills, access a vehicle, contribute to a pension and have some kind of life or death insurance. Add on top savings and any unforeseen rainy-day expenses. It can be overwhelming.

Finding the time for fitness when you are a business owner can be challenging. With unpredictable hours, split shifts and the urgency of business demands, exercise can be the first thing to be dropped. Yet prioritising exercise will pay dividends for your physical and emotional well-being. The American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM) recommends that all healthy adults should aim for 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week and strength training each major muscle group 2-3x per week.

If that sounds challenging, consider the kind of exercise that you enjoy as you are far more likely to adhere to something you enjoy. Do you like training in a group or doing it by yourself? Do you enjoy training to music, or do you prefer being outside to the sounds of nature? Make sure to increase your movement throughout the day – walk instead of drive, maybe even hold a walking meeting. If you’re not a fan of the gym, don’t fret – sports teams, personal trainers, outdoor exercise.... they all count and with so many choices you can have fun trying them to find what works for you. Be consistent in your commitment to exercise but remain flexible in what you do.

The benefits of exercise are of course not just physical. I challenge people to change their view of exercise from something we ‘have to do’ or ‘should do’ but instead to view it as something you do because you personally value its holistic benefits. Regular exercise improves sleep, boosts mood and reduces stress and anxiety; huge benefits to any business owner.

Written by Samantha Robbins, Sussex Zest

As an entrepreneur, your energy is infectious to those around you.

How many times have you met someone and been blown away by energy and enthusiasm with which they talk about their business? You find yourself drawn in and wanting to know more.

Conversely, recall the times you have met people who almost seem bored when talking about what they do.

Entrepreneurs don’t perform miracles every day, sometimes it can feel like you’re standing still or even moving backwards, keeping your energy up is imperative in growing a business.

As energy levels drop so does our motivation which impacts our own productivity. If you’re having a good day you can lead the team to great things, having a bad day and that negativity is infectious to those around you.

To build a great business you want to be operating with positive energy, but how is this possible when there is so much to worry about? Here are a few ideas that can help:

Recognition

Understanding your own state of mind is the first step, many people consider this a soft skill that is overlooked and ignored. Through being open with yourself you can begin to recognise the signs.

If you find yourself staring at a screen feeling disillusioned this is a sure sign your energy and motivation has dropped.

Morning Activity

The US Navy Seals are known for making their bed every morning this creates a sense of achievement and by doing so you have accomplished your first task and look for another.

If you’re not into exercise, something as simple as stretching or taking a walk gets your blood flowing. This wakes your body up, puts you in a positive move and gets your brain working for the day ahead.

Water

Even mild dehydration severely impacts your ability to focus. Drinking 2 litres of water every day will lift your energy levels – you may be visiting the bathroom every half an hour for a week but your body soon adapts.

Organisation

Staying organised gives you focus, having a working to-do list along with general ideas that support your business strategy allow you to pick up tasks at any time. If you find yourself plateauing have a read through and pick a task that appeals to you at the moment.

Get Social

Our energy picks up when we engage with others, to generate energy for undertaking a dull task get some of your team involved and tackle it together. You will feed off each other and improve your output. If you are a solo entrepreneur, working in a shared office allows you to feed off the energy around you.

Business Mentor

Having a trusted advisor to talk to can be invaluable, whether you need advice or are feeling low they will help you focus and pick you up again.

Recognise Small Wins

At the end of every day reflect on what you have done and highlight at least one positive that you have achieved, generally, these will not be milestone events but will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Finally, go and do something else you enjoy

One of the reasons you are an entrepreneur is because you want to be your own boss and manage your own time. If you are asking yourself why you are running your business get out and do something fun and different for a few hours. This will clear your head and some of the best ideas come when you’re not focussed on thinking about them.

Written by Andy Wheeler Catandra

One of the most common emotional states for entrepreneurs is that of feeling completely overwhelmed by how much there is to do when running their own business. This overwhelm can lead to procrastination, the sticking of one’s heads in the sand, getting distracted by bright shiny objects and a growing feeling of anxiety that the to-do list never gets shorter.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed today. We get constant notifications from Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, emails, calls - 24/7. People expect instant replies. Everyone has a different opinion about the best way to build our business. Then we have our life to run on top of that.

But overwhelm can stop us from doing what’s most important, whether that’s the key tasks in our business to enjoying the key moments of joy in our life.
Here are a few recommendations to let go of overwhelm and to enjoy doing less and achieving more.

Do a brain dump. Overwhelm happens when everything that we are worrying about, everything on our to-do list, all our thoughts and plans go around in our head and we can’t separate what’s important from what doesn’t need to be worried about – the small stuff.

By getting it out of your head and onto paper or onto post-it notes you can start to put a plan in place.

Once everything is out (and most people already feel better) you can then start sorting as follows.

1. Park – this is everything that you don’t need to think about right now –schedule it into the diary to think about and deal with at a future time. For example, if you have a presentation coming up, book a date in the diary to think about it and let it go until then.

2. Pass on – what could your family or colleagues help with? What could you outsource? Just because we can do anything, it doesn’t mean we have to do everything. Learn to say no more often.

3. Purge – what doesn’t deserve your attention? Maybe it’s old worries that you can’t do anything about? Maybe it’s activities which don’t bring you joy and waste your time? For many, this is excess time scrolling the Facebook or Twitter feed. Have you ever found yourself looking at your friends’ cousins’ brothers’ wedding photos?

4. Be disciplined with your social media. Switch your phone to flight mode if you can, go to your phone settings and turn off notifications.

5. Prioritise - what is left should be the important stuff. Break this down into small, easy to achieve chunks. Focus on one thing at a time and celebrate each tick off the list. Stop working on your ‘never-quite-done’ list and do the one thing that will make the biggest difference in your life.

Finally, remember to take a step away from what is overwhelming you. It may be the last thing you want to do but going for a walk or having a shower will allow you to get things into perspective. You will find that ideas pop into your head about how to do things more quickly and more easily and your stress levels will thank you for it.

Written by Joanna Ellis Jo Ellis

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