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As the owner of a health and wellness company, Wellthy, I’ve taken a lot of time to think about the time I spend on myself, relationships and my business. On top of everything I do running a business, I also live between two cities, have an amazing girlfriend, travel as much as possible (pre-COVID-19), and participate in triathlons, marathons and open water swimming.
The more I got into health, wellness and pushing myself from a fitness standpoint, the more time I found myself training alone. Running a business is a lonely endeavor/lifestyle but taking on personal challenges meant even more time alone. I knew over the course of the last decade, while training for triathlons and Ironman competitions, that there was a significant dedication of time for training both mentally and physically. This meant to accomplish my goals I would spend tens of hours a week training. Just myself and a pair of running shoes, a bike or a wetsuit.
There were times when I wondered if it was worth it, or if it was a completely selfish undertaking. I would try to justify the time in different ways, but deep down I feared it was simply gratifying to my ego. When I finally came to terms with the fact that if I didn’t set goals, push myself or set out to accomplish things that I didn’t think were possible, I wouldn’t excel in any other category of my life. So even though I allocate time away from my businesses and relationships, that time alone working on myself actually enhances the other aspects of my life.
The idea that being selfish is actually selfless rings true if the time spent working on yourself actually benefits and improves the people around you, your time management/efficiency and your attitude. I truly believe to have success and balance you constantly need to push yourself and create new thresholds that will pay dividends in areas outside yourself. If you are dead to the people and things around you, it doesn’t matter how much time you spend on them or with them. Overthinking that time you devote to yourself is “selfish” is a waste of energy, if you know you need it to be a better person to those around you.
There are a number of ways I believe you can invest in yourself and your mental health. Creating challenges, allowing time to reflect, putting things into perspective and being empathetic toward others are some of the most effective ways to grow. In addition, exercise and nutrition can have a huge impact on the way you feel about yourself.
The aesthetic benefits of health and nutrition pale in comparison to the mental and internal growth benefits. There are a number of hormonal and chemical changes that are proven to happen when you engage in physical activity and have optimal nutrient levels. Just like any other great investment, the payout doesn’t always come in the form of instant gratification; the investment compounds and takes time and consistency to develop. Finding sports and exercises that are challenging and often only enjoyed after completed are a good place to start. Seeking nutrients that you may be deficient in and expanding your diet and supplementation to more nutrient dense sources can have a dramatic impact on both your physical and mental state.
Take notice of how you feel mentally and physically when you change your diet and supplements and engage in different physical activities. Then double down and stay consistent with what’s working for you. Because “self-centered” time that helps you grow and improve can also impact others around you in the same way.
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