5 Tips for Staying Healthy in a Home Based Business

runnerSure, there are many rewards of home based entrepreneurship. Getting up when you’re done sleeping rather than to an alarm clock, or knowing for sure you can make the 11:00 am school program and coaching the Little League game at 6 pm.

However, there are unhealthy habits that can affect your well being if you’re not careful. And they sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Here’s a short list of very real circumstances you can find yourself in.

• You have no office hours, so you work late into the night
• You are up and at the computer with the sunrise and put in 18 hours days
• You don’t eat when you should but instead, snack on stuff in the kitchen
• As a matter of fact, you turn to the kitchen way more than you should and begin to eat when you’re bored or stressed.
• You feel like you’re slacking if you take time to go to the gym, so you end up inside all day in front of your computer.

Sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it? Well, it is. And it’s easier than you think to find yourself relating to one or more of these.
So what’s the remedy?

First, it’s an acknowledgement that you are doing this already or vow to never let it happen. Have a game plan for balance in your life and treat yourself well.

Here are 6 steps you take toward a balanced life.

1.  Set office hours

Even if you occasionally have to work late, generally you should set a starting time and a quitting time. This helps your family navigate around your work and insures that you do not end up working 24-7 just because the business – and the work – are right there in the next room.

2.  Do not neglect your workout

Poor exercise habits lead to a decreased ability to concentrate and ultimately will increase your stress. Getting in a routine for fresh air and exercise will go far in your creativity, production and stress relief.

3.  Eat Healthy

When the kitchen is literally right around the corner – and it’s stocked with your favorite junk food snacks, and you can eat whatever you like – we’ll this is a problem. Keep foods on hand that are healthy and don’t skip three full meals a day. Many people reach for food when bored or stressed. If you find yourself in the kitchen, consider why you are there. Is it time to eat and you’re truly hungry? Are you bored? Are you stressed out? If you’re really hungry, reach for a good choice, then head for a short walk around the block and refresh.

4.  Start your day with meditation.

Don’t be so quick to rush into your work. Take a few minutes or however long you need to pray, prepare your mind and thoughts and seek the strength you will need to handle what the day has for you.

5.  Take time for family.

Do what you do with them. Have dinner together, share your day, and role model to them the lifestyle that home business entrepreneurship offers. Especially if you have kids at home. Be there for them. That’s why you choose to work from home. So make sure you show up.

You must make sure that you control your home based business lifestyle or it will quickly take over and control you.

I’d love to hear from you about your tips for staying balanced and healthy in your business.  Please leave a comment.

Comments

  1. says

    Debbie, you are so on target with helping others find balance with working a home business. It can be difficult to set boundaries when you are building a business because the industry teaches you to “sacrifice” things you are used to. I have to agree that working a 9-5 is different than building a home business so if you can structure your day around what’s most important in your life you will be successful. Thanks for the post
    .-= Lisa Saline´s last blog ..Home Based Business Insurance – Do I Need It? =-.

  2. says

    Great post Debbie. You are so right, it is so easy for us to get caught up in work at home that, if not careful we can slip into bad habits. Thanks for reminding us to keep first things first and monitor ourselves for “slips”.

  3. Cathy Sugden says

    What a great post…especially since the challenges I face at this time of year, with lack of time due to livestock committments in our awful UK winter, means that I dont always get the time I need, to focus on my marketing efforts. I’m loving this online community!! It helps me to keep following the dream…..Aah…THE DREAM…Honour your dream…nurture your dream…dont let it go!!!
    Thanks everyone!
    Cathy in the UK :-)

  4. says

    I agree that you definitely have to set
    a schedule for yourself or you will have
    a hard time staying focused.

    It is important that you create an agenda,
    so that you will stay on track with all of
    your goals

  5. Debbie Turner says

    Gee…. the livestock won’t wait either! I love your attitude Cathy and keep that dream space open.

  6. Debbie Turner says

    Good for you getting out and about.. It can be so hard sometimes to do that. Thanks for sharing :) I appreciate you!

  7. says

    Thanks Debbie, Your points are well taken. After pushing hard on my network marketing business for the last 9 months I really need to work on 2 and 5. It's time to get more balance back in my life. It has been worth it though and I feel good about having a nice size team developing as my company is moving toward momentum. I'm going to look around through the rest of your site for more timely pointers. Thanks!

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