Get Into The Great Outdoors For Business Success

Hopefully, you enjoyed your Christmas – even though it was a different one this year. It was still good, though, to stop work for a while, watch far too much tv and eat and drink lots of goodies! But is all that lazing around indoors having an impact not only on your health but also your business success?

Hi, I’m Anna Goodwin – Author of five books, Director, Mentor and Trainer for Anna Goodwin Accountancy.

Basically, I take the stress out of finances – both business and personal. From running my own business and helping others to run theirs, I know it’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing to achieve business success.

We are approaching the New Year and after all the time being confined indoors. it’s good to think of getting outside as much as possible in the days before you go back to work.

Take advantage of any sunny, bright days we have and get out there. Of course, maybe the national restrictions have meant that you have spent more time outdoors as a way to see friends and family. Although this has probably seemed like an inconvenience, there is a plus side to being in the open air.

Benefits of being outdoors regularly:

  • Sleep better
  • Feel mentally more alive
  • More productive
  • Feel less stressed

And all of these advantages also contribute to your business success as well as your own health. If you have tended to hibernate over the last week or so, have a think about how you could spend more time outside.

Maybe you could:

  • Go for a brisk walk once a day – arrange to meet with a friend for a catch-up or even have some walking meetings with clients when you go back to work.
  • Run or cycle
  • Skip – I was doing this in the first lockdown and enjoyed it!
  • Swim – for the brave, wild swimming has become increasingly popular (bit too cold for me! September is my limit!)
  • Play – outdoor games are not just for the summer months. You could play hide and seek, ball games or even go sledging and build a snowman if the weather turns wintery!

Whatever you decide to do, get outdoors and start to get some of those festive pounds off. Become more aware of your surroundings and live in the moment. I see so many people talking, texting or playing games on their phones as they walk when I’m out with my dog, Bonnie. They miss all the sights and sounds of the Walsall Arboretum, which is a shame as it’s beautiful! You will find that you sleep better, have more energy and feel more alert. This has the knock-on impact on your business by making you more productive and less stressed at work.

As you get ready for work, also think about your eating and drinking habits. Could you start to cut down your festive treats and alcohol. I know it’s not easy – I like a few Christmas treats myself! Nothing better than a glass of port and lemon with cheese and biscuits, followed by a few chocolates! But I also notice that I feel tired and sluggish after the Christmas binge. It takes a while to get back to my normal eating patterns, but I feel much better for it.

After a difficult year for everyone, why not stride into 2021 with energy, motivation and enthusiasm. Get outdoors as much as you can and reap the rewards – not only for your personal health, but also for your business success. Once you start your new habits, it will be easier to continue them into the months ahead. After all, your health and business success are not just for (after) Christmas!

The next blog is all about setting business goals.