Your physical and mental health are connected to how well you do professionally. 

When you don’t put any effort into maintaining your physical health, you’re likely to experience chronic fatigue and illness. As a result, you won’t have the energy and physical ability you need to excel in the business world.

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Poor mental health can be detrimental to your professional excellence as well. Emotional instability and a lack of mental clarity can impact your decision-making and productivity in the workplace. 

You need your physical health and mental well-being to be strong and stable if you want a growing, meaningful career. Use the following tips to maintain your mental and physical health and, in turn, advance in business.  

Attend Your Preventative Care Appointments 

Preventative care can be influential in how healthy you are. You’re screened for various health issues and the hope is that your doctor catches any problems before they become serious. 

You get immunizations, treatments, and lifestyle advice that helps you stay healthy. This leads to less money spent on healthcare services and an overall healthier being. Also, you won’t have to take as many sick days when you’re healthier, allowing you to give your all as a professional. 

Schedule the following preventative care appointments every year:

  • Annual checkups; 
  • Vision exams;
  • STI screenings; 
  • Counseling sessions;
  • Vaccinations;
  • Dental cleanings every six months; 
  • Any necessary services for a specialized condition.

Preventative care can be life-saving. Don’t overlook the importance of these services. 

Get Regular Physical Activity 

It’s easy to use a demanding career or flourishing business as an excuse to put off exercise. You’re just too busy for even the shortest workout. This attitude is holding you back from tapping into the power of physical fitness. 

You feel good when you take care of yourself physically. Your internal organs, muscles, joints, everything is working properly to ensure you’re fully functioning. You look good, which increases your confidence and self-esteem. You also sleep better and decrease your risk for chronic health conditions. 

Committing to a workout routine is also one way to be more productive at work. While it can be difficult to fit in exercise around a busy schedule, committing to specific goals, or tracking your progress using a smartwatch, can help. Exercising regularly also helps you develop discipline and teaches you how to get through adversity.

Choose a workout schedule that you can be consistent with and also choose exercises that you can enjoy. It’s not so much about achieving a certain physique by a specific time. It’s more about what kind of physical activity can you integrate into your life and it become a part of your routine. 

Harp on Good Nutrition 

We get it. You’re busy and it’s hard to find time for three hearty meals and a couple of snacks every day. But you need to find that time. 

If you have low energy, high blood pressure, and a shotty immune system, unhealthy eating patterns could be to blame. And your engagement and enthusiasm at work could be suffering because of it. 

Good nutrition is critical for a healthy body and mind. Your meals should be a nice balance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Stay away from processed foods with lots of added sugar, salt, and saturated fats.

Staying hydrated throughout the day is also crucial. Your body needs water to regulate temperature, lubricate your joints, and eliminate toxins and waste. Hydration also supports brain health and cognitive function, both of which are needed for productive work days.  

So, keep an insulated water bottle with you. Take advantage of the high water content in fruits and vegetables. Space out your meals to maintain the right water balance in your body. 

Make sure your body gets all the hydration, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to function properly. 

Pay Attention to Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene involves keeping your external body clean and properly groomed by doing activities like bathing, brushing and flossing your teeth, trimming your nails, combing your hair, and washing your face. 

Not keeping up with your hygiene can negatively affect your health. For example, you could get pubic or head lice. You could develop athlete’s foot and scabies. Tooth decay could occur. 

A lack of personal hygiene can impact you professionally too. For example, when you don’t take care of your oral health it can lead to bad breath. You won’t feel as confident speaking in business interactions with bad breath, and you may end up shying away from these engagements altogether because of it. 

In addition to brushing, flossing, and cleaning your tongue daily to maintain good breath and oral health, make sure you’re on top of your other personal hygiene habits, like showering and hair care.  

Carve Out Your Version of a Work-Life Balance

Your work can be important to you, but there is so much more to who you are and you need to honor these things to stay happy and healthy. This can only happen if you establish a work-life balance

Take on a manageable workload and set boundaries around the hours you work so that you actually have time for life outside of your profession. And when you get home, be home. Put the work phone and laptop away, and focus on your personal life, whether that’s time with your spouse and kids or personal passions.

You can’t be at your best in the business world if your physical and mental health are lacking. So, take care of both to ensure you’re as strong and productive as you can be.