Live & Learn: How 11 Female Startup Founders Stay Healthy and Sane|
Learn how these 11 female entrepreneurs — including Levo’s own Caroline Ghosn! (pictured) — manage to find time for themselves among the chaos of a startup.
Carve Out Me Time
“Being a startup founder is an immersed, adsorbent experience. I’ve found that the only viable strategy is to set definite times for myself (e.g. work out, walk my puppy) and treat those appointments with the same punctuality and attentiveness as you would a meeting with your advisors. Really. Don’t flake on yourself—you have one body and you need it to be healthy and happy to succeed.” — Caroline Ghosn | Co-Founder and CEO, The Levo League
Limit the Caffeine!
“Coffee or energy drinks may seem like the panacea for productivity for startup founders, but it’s not an ideal long-term strategy for health and balance. Doctors agree that while a cup o’ Joe every now and then is fine, too much can lead to anxiety and disrupted sleep—both counter-productive for success as an entrepreneur! Listen to your body: if you need sleep, don’t feel bad about getting it.” — Doreen Bloch | CEO / Founder, Poshly Inc.
It Pays to Play!
“I have a few fun and creative outlets that help me get out of the stressful business mental space after a long day. I started volunteering for an organization called Playworks that puts volunteers on the playground at elementary schools to help the kids engage in healthy play. I get to play dodgeball, foursquare and tetherball and it is the best release—and the kids love having adults come!” — Vanessa Van Edwards | Author and Techpreneur, Science of People
“We all know how important healthy eating and exercise are, but I believe that spending time with friends is just as important for charging a founder’s batteries. Fun events for entrepreneurs such as Summit Series allow you to kill two birds with one stone—getting some valuable networking time in for your business while goofing off and having fun. ” — Laura Roeder | Founder, LKR
Focus on What’s Important
“Being the founder of a startup takes every ounce of energy and brainpower that one can muster. However, you still need to focus on what’s important. Prioritize your day and make sure to include work time, friend/family time and you time. It’s easier said than done but in doing so, you’ll be much more satisfied thus allowing you to bring even more to your business.” — Erin Blaskie | CEO, BSETC
Maintain a Morning Routine
Be Honest with Yourself
“There are going to be days where all you’re going to want to do is work—you’ll want to skip exercise, dinner, hanging out with friends and everything else. You need to decide what the minimum steps you can take to maintain your physical and mental health and make sure you do them every day, no matter what. Minimums will get you through crunch time until you can be a little more balanced.” — Thursday Bram | Consultant, Hyper Modern Consulting
Regular Exercise and Breaks
Cuddles From a Pet
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