Four Critical Health and Wellness Practices for Entrepreneurs
Michigan Ross Professor Stewart Thornhill offers advice for the pandemic and beyond.
While starting a new company can demand long hours and focused attention, entrepreneurs can’t neglect personal wellness.
In a new essay, Michigan Ross Professor Stewart Thornhill — executive director of the Zell Lurie institute for Entrepreneurial Studies — identifies four health and wellness practices for entrepreneurs, such as getting enough sleep. These practices are critical during the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will remain important going forward, he argues.
“While 'grinding' at all hours of the day is often mentioned as a given when starting a new business, various research shows that working more than 40 hours a week leads to less productivity, increased injury rates and more illnesses,” Thornhill writes. “Given the current strain entrepreneurs might be experiencing, compounded with the debate over how to make the most of our time at home, there’s never been a more important time for entrepreneurs to prioritize wellness."
Stewart Thornhill is the executive director of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, professor of business administration, and area chair of entrepreneurial studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
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