Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
You have breakfast, then get right to work. After a few hours of answering emails from clients, planning new products, and working on your social media marketing, you feel a pang of hunger. You look at the clock and see that it’s 8:30pm.
You worked right through lunch, and you’re on your about to do the same to dinner. You wish you could have made something healthy, but now you’re too hungry and tired. You order in some junk food and call it a day.
As business owners and freelancers, finding a work-life balance can be difficult enough without needing to worry about your wellness. We often work alone, far from the accountability that might come from working in an office.
But that isn’t an excuse to just give up. There are still a number of ways to keep yourself healthy while grinding away on your own. We’re hardly the experts, but we’ve picked up a few tips along the way.
Think Ahead On Meals
Eating healthy is difficult for everyone, but it’s especially hard for those of us not working conventional nine-to-fives.
When you’re running your own business or doing freelance work, your time truly is money. And when you take time to cook a healthy meal, that often comes at the expense of time you can spend making sales.
Instead of relying on take out or fast food, take some time on your days off (you really do need to take a weekly day off) to do some meal prep. Make simple, delicious—healthy—meals that you can have ready to eat throughout the week.
You might also want to set some alarms throughout the day so you actually remember to eat too.
Make Your Workspace Work For You
These days, so much of our work is done online. And if you’re anything like me, you do much of that work on your couch slumped over your laptop.
Not only does extended periods of sitting contribute to inactivity and weight gain, it can also increase your risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Luckily, you can make some simple changes to your workspace to curb these risks. A portable standing desk stand can bring all the same benefits of a standing desk at a fraction of the cost.
Look at your current work situation and think about what small changes you can make to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Start Your Day Right
After a long day of work, the last thing any of us want to do is work out. It doesn’t matter that we already paid for a gym membership—we’re exhausted. And, we already paid for Netflix too, and that seems like a much more attractive use of our time.
Instead of skipping exercise altogether, try to get it out of the way before you start working. You could wake up early and head to the gym, or you could do something simple. We walk our dog most mornings, which isn’t a huge commitment to fitness, but it’s better than doing nothing.
And it’s certainly easier than walking him after we get done working.
Find something easy you can do and commit to doing it before anything else.
Wellness isn’t easy—if it were, we’d all be doing it. But the busyness of our work schedules doesn’t need to thwart our hopes of good health. Using these tips, we’ve been able to make strides for taking care of our bodies even as we take care of our business.
Most of the time, anyway.