One of most challenging issues I see when working with entrepreneurs is their ability to maintain good health and overall wellbeing while successfully building their businesses as well as juggling home life and work.
The fact is, when your health suffers, your business is also likely to suffer.
As entrepreneurs, it’s important to have some strategies under your belt to help you learn to self-regulate your physical, chemical and emotional stress levels in order to stay as healthy as possible.
I often refer back the CPE stress model to help teach effective ways of achieving and maintaining optimum health and function, even in a busy life.
Your body is designed to effectively handle a certain amount of chemical, physical and emotional stress. When your stress threshold is exceeded by either one or a combination of stress, you create an overload which leads to potential injury and/or illness. Maintaining that balance between all three stresses is essential for achieving and maintaining optimal health and function.
Let’s look at all three.
1. Chemical stress can be defined as what you are putting in or not putting in your body that causes stress. For instance, too much junk food, sugar, drugs, toxins or anything your body had adverse reactions to. Imbalance can also be caused by not putting in enough nutritious foods, vitamins, water or any substance that helps your body maintain normal function.
2. Physical stress can be defined as what you are doing or not doing to your body that creates stress. Examples are not getting enough exercise, lack of rest, poor spinal alignment or muscle imbalance.
OR you may be doing too much improper lifting, too much sitting, having poor posture or accidents or trauma to the body.
3. Emotional stress is affected by the perceptions you are having about yourself and your life. For instance, you may be perceiving more challenge than support, more pain than pleasure or more harm than good. You may be carrying shame and/ or guilt from the past or having fear for the future. These perceptions can leave you worried, anxious, depressed and angry which will greatly affect your ability to think and function at your highest level.
It’s unrealistic fantasy to think you are going to have a life without stresses. It’s inevitable and is actually an important part of life and growth as a person. Your job is to learn how to maintain the balance between your unique stresses in order to stay as healthy and well as possible.
The most important tip here is to know how to pay attention to the feedback signs and symptoms when you are getting stress overload.
Take a moment each day to check in with yourself and ask a quality question. Is my body and mind giving me feedback that I may be having CPE stress overload? If the answer is YES, then make the appropriate adjustment in your actions to help bring back thew balance.
If you find it challenging to do it on your own, you don’t have to go at it alone.