The way many small businesses operate is fast evolving. The pandemic has sped up the adoption of digital technologies and, according to research by McKinsey, transformed business forever.
While the changes are happening quickly, and businesses must adapt accordingly, in order to prevent burnout, operators must approach the current circumstances as a marathon, not a sprint.
Given COVID-19 has increased the risk of burnout and small businesses have copped the full force of lockdown and changes to the way we live and work, this is important. Staying the course for the long haul means managing your energy so you can effectively recover and keep turning up at full capacity.
While sleep, exercise and good nutrition are often the first things to go out the door during times of stress, these are the foundations that help to sustain us during times of adversity. They also give us the stamina and good health to go the distance.
In the most basic sense, human beings are designed to use and then replenish their energy stores. When you get this balance right, your body is fit, vital and healthy. When you mess around with it, you get fatigue, inflammation and the onset of disease.
The key to supplying the body with sustained energy is movement and healthy mitochondria.
Mitochondria are referred to as the powerhouses of our cells and their main function is to convert energy from the food we eat into energy for our cells to use. Mitochondria are like miniature batteries providing energy to our cells when needed.
As we age, our mitochondria become damaged and are less efficient at powering our cells. But, and this is an exciting ‘but’, we can significantly reverse the damage and by taking care of our mitochondria, we are providing our bodies and brains with sustained energy to run a business.
Here are six ways to boost your mitochondria.
Andrew May, Founder and CEO, StriveStronger and author of “MatchFit”