The Forgotten Secret to Startup Success

It’s 10:00 a.m. in the middle of the work week, and your website just went down, a client wants a document in the next twenty minutes, the shipment you were expecting didn’t arrive, you spilled mustard on your shirt five minutes before your big meeting, an employee is doing all of her holiday shopping during business hours….the list goes on.

And then when you finally finish your work for the day late in the evening, you still need to figure our what you are going to eat for dinner. As an entrepreneur, you deal with many frustrations and stressors all day long.

What are you doing to beat stress?

You may not think about it, but if you don’t pay attention to what your new business is doing to you mentally and physically, you could end up with some major medical issues and be very unhappy:

“Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.” Web MD, Jerome F. Kiffer, MA, Department of Health Psychology and Applied Psychophysiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

With this in mind, are you regularly exercising? It may be the secret to your success!

According to the American Heart Association, “it’s been shown that you’ll gain about two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise,” and “when you move, even just for 30 minutes combined each day, you reduce your risk of heart disease.”

Now, I know you are inundated with news about healthy eating, workout routines and healthy lifestyles, and exercise may be the last thing on your mind as you try to keep your business alive and growing today. But if you completely ignore your physical and mental health, it is possible to become ill and lose everything you’ve worked so hard to obtain.

And exercise really isn’t that bad. Find something you like to do (even get a workout buddy to help you stick to a regular schedule). Try it and see how it feels to run outside, whack a punching bag, take deep breaths in a relaxing yoga pose, ride a bike, and much more.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll be thrilled with a slimmer body and faster business growth due to your newfound energy, stamina and brain power!

What are you doing to reduce stress as an entrepreneur? Please share your comments below or send your questions. We’d love to hear from you!

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