It’s hard to find a mompreneur who’s just sitting at home and watching TV. Most of the time, these women are on the go, taking care of their business, running errands, and chauffeuring their kids to and from school as well as to after-school activities. This hectic lifestyle is necessary to grow their business and achieve success while maintaining a happy family life, but it can take toll on their physical and mental health sooner or later. This, in turn, can be a problem since their business and their family won’t be able to survive without them.
Fortunately, if you’re planning to become a mompreneur, you can do something to maintain good wellbeing and ensure you have the strength to keep going. Here are some of the strategies you can use:
Pre-cook healthy meals
Convenience is one of the biggest reasons why mompreneurs (and other business owners) opt to buy takeaways. After all, they’re too busy to slave at the stove for hours just to prepare nutritious food. You can find a way around this, though, by preparing healthy meals during the weekends and storing them in small separate containers. With these meals in your freezer, you only have to grab a container, reheat it in the microwave, and enjoy a quick and healthy meal during weekdays.
Ditch junk food
Aside from making your own meals, you should also limit your intake of junk food or even completely remove it from your system. Instead of stocking up on potato chips, for example, you can fill your cupboards with nuts, trail mix, dry cereal, yogurt, unflavored air-popped popcorn, and other healthier alternatives. Instead of buying fries, munch on sliced carrots, cucumbers, and apples.
Carve out at least 30 minutes of exercise every day
If you can watch 30 minutes of TV a day, you can exercise 30 minutes a day. The key here is to choose a workout that you like and lets you have fun. If you hate lifting weights at the gym, for example, don’t force yourself to do so. Instead, find other activities that you consider “fun”, such as jogging around the neighborhood, dancing to pop tunes, and swimming at the public pool.
Get a fitness partner
Having a fitness partner can greatly help since you’ll be accountable to someone else, not just to yourself. If you don’t feel like exercising, for instance, your partner will pull you out of the couch and convince you to go for a run. The best step is to choose another mompreneur as your fitness partner; this way, you won’t only be able to talk about health since you can also discuss business-related matters.
Make sleep a priority
You’ll probably be able to function if you miss a good night’s sleep. But try having only two hours of sleep every night for a week, and you’ll notice a difference in your alertness and efficiency. So, as early as possible, make it a point to get at least eight hours of shut-eye every night to be highly productive in the morning.
Give meditation a try
Well-known news anchor Dan Harris claims that meditation makes him “10 percent happier” (which is also the title of his book). It might seem like a small number but, if you think about it, what else can increase your happiness by 10 percent without costing a lot or taking so much time? Introduce meditation to your routine to see how it can help you; a five- to ten-minute session every day can already do wonders for your mental health and make it easier for you to relax.
Maintaining good health can be a challenge if you’re a mompreneur, but it’s far from impossible. To learn more about being a mompreneur and starting your own business, you can contact me, Claire Barradell. As a business coach, I have helped many moms transform into entrepeneurs, and I can do the same for you.