Seven Secrets of Healthy (and Successful) Entrepreneurs
Alejandra Chaparro, WE NYC Mentor

As an entrepreneur, I had to learn how to take care of myself the same way I care for my business. Of course, finding the balance between the two is challenging, but well worth it. Take the time to find what self-care routines work for you. .

Here are seven self-care activities shared by healthy – and successful – entrepreneurs:

1. They love themselves more than their businesses.

Passionate entrepreneurs understand that self-love comes first. They avoid behaviors that could harm their well-being, like skipping breakfast or engaging in cruel self-talk after not closing a deal. They replace negative thoughts with positive visualizations about where they want their businesses to be.

2. They’re aware of time management.

Becoming aware of your current approach to time management will allow you to make improvements. I stressed about not having enough time and felt miserable. Then I started to notice the words I used to describe time: “Time flies,” “I don’t have time to work out” or “I lost time.” Changing my word choices around time was my first step. Then I worked on my time management so I could stop using time as an excuse.

It’s important to set goals for growing your business and for improving your lifestyle. Managing time effectively and prioritizing your activities are essential to achieving your goals, whether you want to lose weight, eat more vegetables or increase sales by 20 percent. Staying focused and avoiding procrastination is the key to good time management.

The happiest people do not necessarily have the best things. They simply appreciate the things they have.

Warren Buffett

3. They listen to what the body needs.

We already know that consuming organic and fresh foods is better than eating canned or frozen food. Food is the foundation of how we feel – not only physically, but also mentally, according to chef and health coach Pete Evans. Have you noticed how some foods make you feel more energetic than others? It’s important to identify the best food options for you and to eat foods that increase your productivity and sharpen your mind.

4. They work on their happiness.

Tal Ben-Shahar, an author and psychology educator at Harvard, says regular physical exercise – at least three times a week for 40 minutes – is equivalent to some of the most powerful psychiatric drugs for combating depression or anxiety.

Studies have shown that people who keep a gratitude journal every day are happier, more optimistic and more successful and have a stronger immune system. As Warren Buffett puts it, “The happiest people do not necessarily have the best things. They simply appreciate the things they have.”

5. They sleep no matter what.

Sleeping well improves your memory and triggers your creativity. Researchers at Boston College and Harvard University found that people seem to consolidate the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.

6. They know how to work smarter, not harder.

Tom Peters, a writer on business management practices, suggests making a to-don’t list. Create a list that contains the things you shouldn’t waste your time on and place it next to your to-do list.

7. They understand the importance of meditation.

Studies indicate that meditation helps with emotional well-being. It will lessen stress and fear and reduce blood pressure. It helps prevent emotional eating and smoking. Meditation also improves information processing, decision making and problem solving.

You can start any of these activities today. Your body, mind and business will thank you.