5 ways smart entrepreneurs look after their health

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When the Dali Lama was asked what surprised him the most about humanity, his answer was:

"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.
Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present,
and as a result he does not live in the present or the future.
He lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived."

It sure is exciting being an entrepreneur! Knowing that your ideas and inventions have the power to change people's lives for the better. Then there's the networking at parties, interviewing with the press, and monitoring the success of your latest launch! But all the buzz, thrills, and adrenaline can also leave you feeling pretty exhausted.

If you haven't caught up with the cool kids yet, listen. Smart entrepreneurs are now looking after more than their bottom line. Whether you're still struggling to get financing or VCs are beating down your doors, your most important asset will always be your health. It's easy to succumb to the pressure of a deadline, the need to pay bills or outperform the competition. But if all that stress weighs a little heavy on your shoulders, you're probably putting your health at risk.

Sitting at a desk all day doesn't just make your back, eyes, and neck ache. It can contribute to diabetes, cancer, and a host of other diseases. Kathleen Hale, founder of Chair Free Project, encourages entrepreneurs to get moving, standing, and walking, instead of sitting in their chairs. Because prolonged periods at your desk is a one-way ticket to burnout, check out these tips for keeping your body as healthy as your profits.

  1. Deskercises. If you don't have time for long sessions at the gym, try incorporating Hale's Deskercises into your daily routine. From torso twists to toe taps, move your body at regular intervals. According to Hale, one particular area that holds a lot of stress is the jaw--"when the pressure's on, we tend to clench our jaws."

    Holding all the tension in the jaw muscles can lead to neck stiffness and painful headaches. To release the tension, open and close your mouth five times. Then twist your jaw to the left and right five times each. Try to find a moment when no one's looking, though, just in case they would think you're watching a rerun of The X-Files.
  2. Start Your Day Out Right. According to keynote speaker and Miracle Morning author Hal Elrod, how you start your day separates successful entrepreneurs from the pack. Elrod recommends incorporating six key principles--silence, affirmations, visualization, writing, reading, and exercise--into your morning routine. But if you can't see yourself penning an article, meditating to Chopra, and getting to the gym before you start your day, your miracle morning can be condensed into just six minutes. Instead of stumbling out of bed or erratically trying to find your briefcase or keys, try being mindful about your day ahead.
  3. Exercise to Your Mood. Forget about signing up for regular classes you never have time for and try exercising based on your mood instead. If you need to clear your mind and process your thoughts, think about taking a yoga class. If you're feeling revved up, release your energy at a CrossFit session. And if you're one step away from exhaustion, try a gentle Pilates or stretching session. Not only will you get the workout that your body needs, but you won't feel guilty about missing a class or wasting money on subscriptions.

  4. Eat Healthy. If you've heard the expression you are what you eat, then why are you still shoving slices of greasy pizza into your mouth over your desk? You're filling your body with processed carbs that are hard to burn off and can leave you feeling sluggish--and frankly, you aren't doing your keyboard any good either.

    If you've got a sticky space bar and a lethargic tempo after lunch, be smart. You wouldn't fill your gas tank with tar or animal fat. So don't clog up your arteries with unhealthy empty carbs. Try fruit and nuts instead of candy and donuts and consciously think about what you put in your body. After all, healthy body, healthy mind, right?

  5. Sleep Better. Around a quarter of U.S. workers suffer from chronic or intermittent insomnia. Indeed, according to Arianna Huffington, "we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis." Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep doesn't reflect just in your ability to fill out Excels or deliver killer presentations.

    Not getting enough z's also has profound consequences on your health. You may find that exercising at night helps your body unwind or drinking a glass of warm milk or spending less time looking at the screen. You may need something a bit stronger.

    Whatever works for you, make sure you do it. If you're planning strategy into the small hours and rising before the sun, get real. Try prioritizing yourself over your project for once. Or better yet, start realizing that your health is every bit as valuable as your fortune.

These are the strategies our team has deployed at Trepoint so we can deliver better marketing campaigns, and I'm confident that they can support you and your team for a longer, more vibrant work environment.

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The Social Network

Based on the true story of Facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates and co-founders, this movie shows us how one idea can go from a thought in casual conversation to a world-dominating platform.

This film also brings to light the drama and behind-the-scenes tensions that arise when setting out to begin a new business or venture. We learn through Zuckerberg's faults in the movie that you must stay cognizant of your actions and the way that you treat people, or you may damage relationships with those closest to you. 

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Rocky

If this picture queues the iconic theme song to start playing in your head, you're not alone. Rocky is the ultimate underdog story, one that can inspire even the most experienced of entrepreneurs.

When being called up to fight world champion Apollo Creed, Rocky sees an opportunity and does everything he can to make the most of it.

Through physical strength, Rocky exemplifies true mental strength that has us all rooting for him and the people, quite literally, in his corner. 

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Jerry Maguire

In a classic awakening of the conscience, sports agent Jerry McGuire decides to write a letter to his entire company about how the hunger for deals and a profit are making it easy for everyone to lose sight of who they are.

This gets McGuire fired, and he must start his own business. With only one star football player under his management, McGuire learns what it really means to love what you do while still being able to sustain an income and sense of morality. 

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Forrest Gump

This classic has so much to teach us about believing in ourselves, believing in others, and how there is literally no one who can tell you what you're capable of doing other than yourself. 

As someone who's mentally disadvantaged, Forrest lives a life that's anything but limited and does it all with a smile. His determination is admirable, and at the very least, this movie will remind you to never give up on the things you want the most. Mental fortitude is the most important thing.

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Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the girl you can't help but root for, right from the opening scene at the start of this movie. After getting her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend (whom she thought would soon be her fiancé), she learns that he'll be attending Harvard Law school in the fall.

Determined to both get him back and prove to him she's more than just a dumb blonde, Elle works harder than she's ever worked before (with the help of everyone she knows and loves), gets accepted to Harvard and finds herself on the defendant side of a high profile court case that forever changes her life and career.

Elle teaches us how to pool our resources and connections to get to our goals. The film also reminds us about how important friends and family are to have as a support system when you're taking on an endeavor that most people expect you to fail at.

Plus, she shows us that the seemingly impossible can become possible if you're willing to smile through it (and maybe if you put on a little pink!)

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Charlotte's Web

A classic tale of friendship and trust, Charlotte's Web will always inevitably give you all the feels. It reminds us all that by being kind and by simply being someone's friend, you can make all the difference.

The people who find the most success and get to where they need to be are the people who care deeply for others and expect nothing in return.

The film, as does the novel, can make anyone see that the relationships we build along the way become the best investments that we make.

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The Intern 

This 2015 movie starring Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway is feel-good film about a 70-year-old retiree named Ben Whittaker who, recently widowed, is looking to come out of retirement for something fun to do. When he sees a posting for am"senior internship", Ben believes he's the perfect fit.

Ben works under the owner of a fashion website (played by Hathaway) and the two form an incredible, honest bond. Their friendship shows that the most successful partnerships and ventures come from the most unexpected places. 

It's a nice reminder that hard work, positive mentality and kindness will always be in style, no matter how old or young you are. 

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