Handling a fast-growing ecommerce business isn’t for the faint of heart.
I have picked up a couple of practices during the past decade to maintain my physical and mental health when scaling FringeSport.
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Family and friends
The first and most important is my service arrangement. My wife, my children, and my family are crucial for my emotional health. There is the old saying,”If momma ai not happy, nobody is happy.” I found that to be true: If my spouse and kids are not happy, I am not so happy at work. Then everyone suffers. Employees do not get the leadership they want. I don’t function as I need to. It is all bad.
Therefore, while focusing on my family is the perfect thing to do, additionally, it helps me become a better entrepreneur.
My friends also provide invaluable support. I want to commiserate with trusted buddies and blow off steam. They know, to some degree, what I am going through.
I am a part of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a non-profit with a mission to”Engage leading entrepreneurs to grow and learn.” EO has been amazing in making a support structure of peers and friends.
If my spouse and children are not happy, I am not so happy at work.
My next weapon is preventing negativity. I used to believe that people who could not accept criticism or bad news were feeble. Now I realize that it is a psychological energy drain.
To be certain, I try to understand what folks are saying about my business or me. However, I do not take it too seriously. Otherwise, I will fixate on the negativity, which affects my headspace — my productivity, direction, and even happiness.
I am now almost pathological about avoiding negativity and negative folks.
My second weapon in maintaining mental health is near and dear to my heart: exercise!
I work out almost daily. Virtually every morning. I ride my bicycle, use my rowing machine, or walk with my wife. It helps me start the day on the right foot (so to speak). I jump out of bed and look ahead to the activity.
In addition, I try to log everything I eat. I am using an app named Noom. I have also used MyFitnessPal.
I tend to consume more mindfully when I record it. Additionally, with healthy food and less crap, I often get a better headspace and better physical condition.
I also protect my sleep. I do so is with an Oura ring, a sleeping and activity tracker in my finger, like a wedding band. I track my sleep with the ring, and now I look at the app virtually daily.
I try to improve my sleep and be sure I’m getting enough of it. I used to feel guilty about it. But now I realize that an adequate quantity of sleep makes me more effective and more capable of work. Sleep is crucial for my psychological well-being.
Another helpful practice is a constant daily routine. I attempt to get in a groove and keep it moving. When I look at unsuccessful periods in my life, something had knocked me out of regular.
My regular sets me free.
I have recently picked up journaling. Virtually every morning I write in my diary. I’ve just three prompts:
- What am I thankful for?
- What would make now great?
- I am and that I can.
Addressing my appreciation and a couple of tasks to finish keeps me focused.
Another helpful practice is a constant, daily routine.
My final strategy in preserving mental health has taken me 40 years to understand: releasing guilt. I used to feel guilty about not doing so or that or neglecting in some fashion.
I just let it go.
I journal about my guilt. Occasionally I cup my hands, put the guilt on my hands, and blow it off until the world takes it.
The long haul
Scaling an ecommerce business is tough work. It is harder if you do not look after your physical and mental well-being.
I am a human. I hope to do for the long haul. Nowadays, I believe I am doing all right.