7 steps to add vitality to your business and personal life
More stress, less time, more responsibility, less support. Sound familiar?
HOW DO WE GET BACK TO LIVING A LIFE WE LOVE WITHOUT GIVING ONE THING UP FOR ANOTHER? AS A BUSINESS OWNER, LEADER OR ANYONE IN CORPORATE KNOWS – THE BEST RESULTS COME WITH A CLEAR STRATEGY AND THE COURAGE TO MAKE A PLAN THAT’S RELEVANT, REALISTIC AND RESULT DRIVEN. SO WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE STRESSED, AND NOT RUNNING THEIR BODY LIKE THEIR BUSINESS?
In 2015 it was quoted that 64% of people were stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, stuck in a rut, wading through mud and emotionally burnt out. No spark, no mojo, just monotony. Overall statistics show lower levels of personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing, higher levels of stress, depression and increased symptoms of anxiety than ever before.
What if there was a very simple way to change that pattern of highs and lows and feeling over-worked once and for all. What if you could learn to blend your business AND your personal vitality on a weekly (even daily) basis without turning your life upside down? Here are 7 steps you can action right now to get back into control, feel in balance and create sustainable energy levels for work and play: More importantly, do this for yourself and lead your team by example for lasting results.
1 – Plan a winning week with all areas of life
It’s time to recognise your week as a whole and not try to fit everything else around work. Friends, family, health, fitness, time out – they all need to be factored in and lodged in your agenda like work appointments. I call these the 6 Pillars of Vitality.
2 – Choose healthy fresh food, all the time
Fresh is best. Opt into accountability for great fuel for your day. Choose fresh salads rather than rich, creamy dressings and make conscious choices of food that will recharge, rather than empty calories. Don’t skip meals and go for the fresh ingredients on a menu when out for work.
3 – Focus on fresh air
Exercise outdoors rather than aiming for gym sessions or workout classes that you know you won’t make with your ever changing schedule. Take ‘walk and talks’ for updates with your team, even if it’s around the office. When you can – MOVE. Get out of that chair and stand up. It’s never too late to be the healthiest version of yourself no matter what your title, position or age. In fact, it’s essential for clarity, decision making and sustainable success.
4 – Out with the old
Give yourself permission to write a new set of well-being and weekly schedule goals. What worked for you in your 20’s is probably not going to work now. Re-organise your health and fitness choices, and use of time based on your current life and responsibilities. Get smart and be proactive.
5 – Make exercise a part of your day – every day
6 – Get rid of digital devices from the bedroom
Turn your sleep space into a place of peace, calm and real rejuvenation
7 – The last but most important is the 1% rule
If you want to bring your business and your personal vitality to life, take each element that has been eluding you – health, personal finance, family or friends and add 14.4 minutes in your day dedicated to that. After 100 days you’ll be 100% better off. Little improvements make a big difference. Find support and advice from people who are truly experienced and understand the nature of striving in business.
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