It’s the New Year and many of us have set new resolutions and new goals for the coming months. Oftentimes, health and wellness is a big focus of those goals. Everyone wants to lose a little weight, eat healthier and improve their overall wellness in the New Year. This can sometimes be hard to do, especially if you are working from home, running your own business.

It’s easy to understand how the stress and time commitment can be overwhelming, leaving little time for healthy activities. The key is to stay focused and dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle despite your demanding work. Here are four ways in which you can help ensure your healthy success.

Meal Plan & Prep

Dedicating part of your Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon to planning out your week’s meals can go a long way in the quest of healthy eating. When you grab things on the go, or order in because you didn’t plan the evening meal, the chances of eating unhealthier dramatically increase. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you will get good, balanced meals each day. This can help with grocery shopping too, and you’ll have healthy snacks on hand for the days where you’re stuck at your computer for what seems like endless hours. You can also use this time to prep for some of the meals. Cut vegetables for different recipes or marinade meats; do anything that might help you save time later in the week. The goal is to make it easier on yourself to cook healthier throughout the week; if you have a plan it’s much more doable.

Manage Stress

Stress is a big deal in the life of the mom entrepreneur. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. We have to balance the family with the business with the home responsibilities and so on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Try to avoid stress and deal with it appropriately. Be sure that you are getting enough rest and taking mandatory time off. Don’t let yourself get burnt out. If you can minimize stress, your chances of being healthier are so much greater. Try not to let the pressure get to you. It’s reasonable to feel very possessive over your business. But, remember, you simply can’t do it all. If there are tasks you can delegate to help take the load off; do it. Focus on the big picture and don’t let the small issues drag you down.

Exercise

Movement is a huge key to health. Your overall wellness depends on exercise. Working from home should make it easier to find time to sneak in a workout, but in reality it often just complicates it. You must schedule time for it. If you have little ones at home, it may need to be before they wake in the morning. Usually by nap time there are several other things on your to-do list to take up that chunk of time and working out will be the furthest from your mind. Exercising in the morning can give you the clarity and resolve to start a new day. You can also schedule short breaks throughout the day. Even if it is just a few ten-minute walks around the block, it is better than being completely sedentary all day. Exercise will make you feel better overall and is a great way to improve your health.

Invest in Yourself

Another way to stay healthy is mentally and emotionally. It is a great idea to have a business mentor. An experienced entrepreneur that you can bounce ideas off of, go to for advice and look to for encouragement can be a great asset.  You may also want to attend a seminar or educational course to help improve your skills. Investing this time in yourself, and in your business, can help you grow healthy in more ways than one. Just reading a book or browsing educational sites online can be beneficial. Just be sure to focus on things that interest you and are relevant to your own goals.

There are many reasons to want to be healthy. There are a multitude of benefits. You want to take care of yourself because you are your businesses biggest asset. In the end, healthy individuals end up being more productive. So, your health and wellness goals directly tie into your business goals!