Healthy Body, Healthy Business: Health Tips for Entrepreneurs
When starting a business, it is easy to overwork yourself.
Entrepreneurs often work long hours and face high stakes, especially when the business is just beginning.
We got a few tips for how people starting their own businesses can make sure they're taking care of themselves.
"Go home, turn off your sewing machine, and go to sleep!"
One year after opening her own shop, Ashley Dedin says she's starting to settle into a routine.
But she remembers those exciting first few months when she practically lived at work, Aendee, where she sells neckties made from recycled materials.
Ashley: "I would come in at 4:00 in the morning and be here until 10:00 at night. I would have people coming by bringing me lunch because I would forget to eat it."
For her and other entrepreneurs, it's the passion and excitement that keeps them going but with all that momentum it can be hard to take a break.
And they can be putting their health at risk.
Ashley: "I lost like 15 pounds because I just wasn't paying attention."
Dr. Susan Mathison/Catalyst Medical Center: "A lot of entrepreneurs, new business owners, reallyd burn the candle at both ends."
Dr. Susan Mathison at Catalyst Medical Center says it's important to make sure you are taking time for yourself.
Number one: sleep - too little can drain your productivity and creativity.
Eat right: stick with the basics, like fruits and vegetables, and avoid that late night pizza.
And make sure you're getting out from behind that desk - or sewing machine - to get a little light exercise.
Dr. Mathison: "It's really important to not forget the basics and to take good care of yourself."Ashley: "Think about the people you have around you and what their skills and strengths are and don't be afraid to ask them to help you when you need it."
Though these tips are aimed at small business owners, obviously they can also apply to people in any job.
For more tips, click here to find a blog post by Dr. Mathison.