Freelancers and entrepreneurs often let their health go by the wayside in the name of the hustle. The problem is, in order to have a good hustle, you have to make sure your health is a top priority as you grow your business.
After all, there’s no way you’ll be able to work efficiently if you’re constantly burned out, stressed and sleep deprived. Here are three tips that you can use to look after your health as you grow a remarkable business and client list.
Choose the Right Office Furniture
You’ll probably be spending most of your day at your desk and sitting in your chair. You have no idea how much of a difference office furniture makes, so it’s important that you pick them wisely.
An ergonomic desk and chair will save you tons of money in the long run, since you won’t be needing a physical therapist or chiropractor for your back and neck issues.
How do you know that you need a new chair? Well, if you find yourself getting up and down throughout the day because you are not in a comfortable, seated position, bingo! You need a new chair.
A good chair and desk don’t have to be expensive. For a chair, the main things you should look for are:
- lumbar (lower back) support
- a backrest that is tall enough
- swivel options for natural movement and relaxation
- a properly padded seat
- armrests that can adjust to your height
For a desk, look for one that fits your height when you’re seated and also allows for easy typing where your wrists are supported as you use your computer’s keyboard and mouse.
This is especially important in order to protect again symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. You might want to look into a sit-stand desk while you’re at it.
Use Tech in a Balanced Way
Efficiency at work starts with understanding your own personal habits and adjusting them to do more in less time. When you’re not able to balance your time, you’ll end up needlessly repeating tasks and your project management skills will suffer.
Even if you’re working as a solopreneur, you need to be efficient in how you approach and complete your tasks and gigs.
“Technology can do a lot for your focus.”
The right mobile apps and cloud storage solutions are one way to do it – you can access documents on the go and be up to date on everything that’s happening while you’re away from your keyboard.
Noise-cancelling headphones are a dream come true if you’re often using co-working spaces. These headphones detect the usual ongoing droning that’s happening around you and send an inverse signal to your ear canal to cancel it out.
This way, you will be spared of your computer fans and idle chatter, while still being able to hear sudden noises like your phone ringing.
Just don’t go overboard with all the new tech – be reasonable in how you use it. Those wireless noise-cancelling headphones?
They actually make some people queasy and sick, and many describe nausea they feel as being the same you feel during a car or bus ride. So, before you order those with the best reviews, you might want to look into their safety first.
It’s important to remember to give your body a periodic break from all tech, even while you’re at work.
Fuel Your Goals & Move Your Body
A car can’t run without fuel (or electricity!), and your body can’t function without energy either! Many entrepreneurs underestimate the benefits of choosing the right food to fuel their body and exercising to help them be more productive when they’re working.
As an entrepreneur or freelance worker, there are many options for foods that you can use that will benefit your health and career. Knowing what to eat, especially if you work from home, will help you keep your body’s levels in a safe and healthy range.
Since you’re not commuting to work, you’ll need to make healthy choices – ditch the calorie dense sweets and opt for healthier options. Even though work might be exhausting, you are still burning less energy than you would if you were riding a bike to work every day.
Therefore, you might want to make exercise a part of your day by choosing something simple that you enjoy and can do before you start your workday.
Treat Your Body Well
There’s no way around it, being an entrepreneur is stressful. Treat your body well so that you can enjoy the benefits of freelancing while also reliving the stresses of this type of work.
Heather Redding is a part-time assistant manager, solopreneur, and a writer based in Aurora, Illinois. She is also an avid reader and a tech enthusiast. When she finds the time to detach from her keyboard, she enjoys her Kindle library and a hot coffee. Reach out to her on Twitter.