8 Tips to Help Prioritize Your Mental Well Being, according to Experts

As the saying goes, you have to put your own oxygen mask on before you can help others, and that includes helping your business grow. Here are eight expert tips, from Labs mentors to career mental health professionals, on how to take care of yourself.

"The more self aware you are, the more things present themselves as opportunities or possibilities versus roadblocks. One way that I build self-awareness is through my meditation practice. I meditate twice a day for 20 minutes. It’s the first thing I do in the morning after I put coffee on, and again in the afternoon." - Michael Saloio, founder of The New Company.

"Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and free of devices. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day—even on weekends. Getting natural sunlight in the morning and keeping screens turned down at night will also improve your sleep." - Jules Anderson, integrative health, nutrition and wellbeing specialist and owner of Feel Glorious.

"One way to keep caffeine from building up in your system and affecting your sleep is to drink a lot of water. It helps flush your system. For every cup of coffee you drink, you try to drink at least one cup of water. If you try to sleep when there’s too much caffeine in your system, that’s when you toss and turn for hours." - Marina Kirik, certified health coach.

"As soon as I wake up I write down three things I'm grateful for. Then I set three intentions for the day, and I choose things that I feel are going to be particularly challenging, like "offering and asking for assistance" or "making healthy choices". The more grateful and purposeful I am the happier and more motivated I get and manage to take on bigger and more challenging tasks." - Gokce Gizer, founder of Onkaro Consulting.

"We are human beings. We are not robots, we are not machines. We need sleep, we need water, we need food. When you build this into your day, every day, you’re going to be able to do a lot more." - Dillan DiGiovanni, integrated identity coach and certified integrative health coach.

"The biggest thing is understanding you and your work habits and what you need. At the end of the day, you’re the lifeline and if your employees see that you’re unhappy, at such a small company, everyone can sense everything. So it has a negative impact on the business and the mood. You have to get yourself right as you build and scale your team. I think that’s the thing that founders most neglect." - Greg Castro, founder and CEO of Sparky + Hollywood.

"Allow yourself to be still and bring your attention to your breath. Let your breath flow effortlessly. Inhale fully into your abdomen and exhale from your abdomen. Each breath should last for about six seconds. Let go of your thoughts and the other things you have to complete that day. Allow yourself to be still and just breathe for a few moments." - Kyle Somersall, founder of Innerglow, on mindful breathing.

"Visualize success and your best possible self. On a regular basis, take time to visualize yourself and your life in the best way possible. You might even want to write it down. Go through every area of your life, business and private. What’s the first step you can implement right now to get closer towards this best possible vision of yourself?" - Judith Wilke, Positive Psychology Coach

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