15 Nov 10 Top Tips for Babyboomers to Thrive in Business
We are blasted with daily ads for exercise and diet plans through our social media streams on what to eat and drink, and what vitamin supplements to take or avoid.
What’s not often addressed is mental health — but it’s just as important. For baby boomers in business, decades of hard work, sacrifice and kicking goals can take it’s tolls.
There are plenty of ways to improve your mental outlook. And, speaking from experience, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time either – you can introduce into your new routine.
1. Looking after your body
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind which is only going to help your business. Studies show exercise and a proper diet can improve mental capacity and longevity.
Tip: Introduce more fresh fruits and vegetables, join a gym or create your own home workout program and start addressing your physical health today. Definitely see a fitness professional as you can’t afford to do some of the same activity you may have done a few years ago.
2. Give something back
Giving something back in business is always rewarding but to give something back in your personal life is even more so.
Tip: Search your local area, help out the less fortunate. If your kids are younger maybe get involved in something they belong to. Not only will you be giving something back but you have the chance to strengthen the balance between work and home life, too.
3. My favourite – relax more
As baby boomers we have been working since a young age and it’s time to put yourself first.
Tip: Plan time in your diary for 30 minutes of alone time, listen to music, watch TV or cook your family a meal – your mind can benefit a great deal, instead of focusing on business all day.
4. Remove negative people
Mixing with the right people can do wonders for your mental health. If your friends or family members tend to be negative and simply don’t see the glass as half-full, find yourself some better people to spend time with. If there are negative influences within your business, don’t procrastinate, do something about it.
Tip: Just reinforce your network of friends with those who don’t act negative. Otherwise, those damaging mindsets may seep into your thinking. Running your own business is stressful enough without having negative people dragging you down and draining your energy.
5. Shed bad habits
Smoking cigarettes? Consuming alcohol? Bad diet? If yes, then you need to do everything in your power to change. You can achieve a much better frame of mind, and live a lot longer. If that’s not motivation enough to quit, you can also save quite a bit of money by ridding yourself of these vices.
Tip: Cut down on your daily intake of both vices then each day gradually decrease your intake slowly. Easier said than done isn’t it? Then invest in professional help because chances are you will not do this alone. You will need support.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask
We might be successful baby boomers but there’s nothing wrong with asking for help if you’re worried about your mental health, and it doesn’t necessarily have to involve medical care or advice. You can alleviate the problems if you talk about them.
Tip: Reach out to friends or family members and simply tell them you haven’t been feeling well.
7. If it makes you happy
If you like playing golf, do more of it. Enjoy crossword puzzles? Schedule more time for them. Whatever it is in life that makes you happy — as long as it doesn’t have consequences detrimental to your health — commit to doing it more often.
Tip: Identify the activities that bring you happiness and find more time for them.
8. Always have a goal
Having a clear direction in life will only bring you positive thoughts and less concerns. Whether it’s on a personal or business level, try to set short-term goals that are achievable. When you reach that goal your confidence will soar and you’ll be motivated to continue making progress in all areas of your life. After all if you’re not progressing, you’re regressing!
Tip: Think about what you want to achieve. Write it down. Then create an action plan to achieve that goal. Then take consistent action!
9. Communicate more
No matter who you’ve got in your life, whether it’s a huge family or just one best friend, the key is to communicate often. The more you talk about your feelings and emotions, the easier it is to identify any potentially troubling signs. Keep your personal relationships intact and use them to your best advantage.
10. Personal finance
This is a huge factor in mental health. Do everything you can to strengthen your financial future.
Tip: Get yourself on a budget, control and reduce your expenses. Being proactive about your finances can have a huge impact on your mental health, so get started today.
What ways can you think of to improve your mental health?
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