Going into business is exciting and adventurous. However, it can also be a draining experience if you’re not prepared. These tips will help keep your mind sharp and your body able to keep up with your aspirations.
Don't neglect the ZZZZZ's
If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to have a rough time thinking on your feet to solve that last minute crisis. Also, it’s not just the brain that needs sleep; the body needs to regenerate to function properly.
Have a healthy diet
There is a reason it’s called brain food. Fruits and veggies rich in nutrients protect brain cells from damage. Limit the saturated fats and high calorie intake. Sluggish food leads to a sluggish mind and body. Choose complex carbohydrates that will provide even energy for a sustained time rather than a simple, sugar spike carbohydrate. Aim to be a lean, green, thinking machine.
Break up the routine
It’s so easy to fall into autopilot, but that’s the thing you mustn’t do! When you do things on autopilot you stop creating different pathways in your brain. To keep yourself on your toes, try switching your hands with simple tasks such as eating with a fork or texting a quick message.
Whether it's Scrabble, Sudoku or just the daily crossword puzzle, working on mentally demanding puzzles is a great brain workout.
Reading is helpful to the mind and body. For the mind: it encourages growth of neurons and synapses which will be useful if you have to kill a few pulling an all-nighter on occasion. For the body: if you find joy in reading, this helps the body stress levels decrease, and brings relaxation and refreshment outside sleeping.
Try a physical puzzle
While previously mentioned brain teasers are certainly handy, jigsaw or other spatial puzzles provide a different approach to problem solving. Rather than zeroing in on a detailed solution, you’re forced to take a step back to see what the bigger picture can be. This way of thinking can be useful when confronted with issues in the workplace with no obvious answer.
Run a lap or two
If you’re not a runner that’s ok, but you need to find some form of exercise you enjoy. This is both a mental and physical booster. Endorphins reduce stress which can help you think more clearly. Exercise also keeps the body from becoming lethargic, so you’re always ready to act whenever you have a break through idea.
Use your hands
Have you ever given directions and used your hands to point to an imaginary map? That’s muscle memory at work. Stage actors often transcribe their lines by hand onto paper to aid in line memorization because the act of writing forces more tactile senses into the memory.
These are a few pointers to help you in your business endeavors.
The important thing to remember is that you are the backbone of your business so take great care of yourself.