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Prioritizing Wellbeing as a Founder | Expert Roundtable with Raanah Amjadi

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The video explores the importance of well-being, emphasizing the need for balance, self-awareness, and self-care in various aspects of life. Participants discuss the challenges of constant hustle and the impact of overworking on mental health. Founders share their experiences and strategies for maintaining well-being, highlighting the significance of listening to gut feelings and prioritizing joy. The discussion delves into Ayurvedic philosophies, emphasizing the importance of rituals, balance, and counterbalance in daily routines. The speakers encourage reflection, mindfulness, and consistent efforts towards self-care to achieve lasting changes and overall success.

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Importance of well-being in a culture of hustle and empowerment.
02:24
Participants discuss the significance of knowing when to pause or stop hustling.
Challenges of maintaining work-life balance are addressed.
Prioritizing mental health and self-care is emphasized to combat the negative effects of constant hustle.
Excitement about meeting Rena and her wisdom in achieving success through introspection and self-awareness.
Importance of Well-Being for Founders.
06:56
Founders discuss how life's seasons impact their well-being and stress the need for a holistic approach to well-being in programs and spaces.
Making well-being a priority in the preparation and creation of spaces is emphasized, despite it not always being top of mind.
The conversation underscores the significance of support and focus on well-being throughout the entrepreneurial journey.
Importance of Taking Breaks for Productivity and Well-being.
09:35
Personal experiences shared of overworking and prioritizing self-care.
Challenges faced by founders including pressure from investors and balancing personal and business priorities.
Impact of different funding models like VC backing versus bootstrapping on pressure and expectations.
Emphasis on setting boundaries and self-care practices for overall success and happiness in personal and professional life.
Speaker's pandemic journey and shift in focus.
12:21
The speaker experienced a disconnect between physical and mental reality during the pandemic.
They took time off work to realign and integrate their well-being.
Realization that they wanted to make a local impact in their community, shifting focus from corporate success to supporting healing and well-being.
Enrolled in a year-long program to become an ayurvedic health and wellness counselor, drawn to its connection to food as medicine and their cultural roots.
Speaker's journey from Microsoft to entrepreneurship and focus on well-being.
14:07
Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the speaker finds fulfillment in their own business.
Emphasis on understanding one's own system and well-being to help others.
Discussion on interconnectedness of nature and human systems, highlighting balance and homeostasis.
Examples like trees maintaining collective homeostasis through shared resources are used to illustrate principles.
Importance of Gut Feelings in Maintaining Health.
18:49
Gut feelings are signals from our mind and body seeking balance and equilibrium.
Ignoring cravings and intuition can lead to imbalances and chronic diseases.
Listening to our gut and making choices aligned with our well-being is crucial for avoiding burnout and staying healthy.
Importance of listening to your gut for maintaining balance.
21:55
Nourishing not just the physical gut, but also the mental and emotional aspects.
Exploring the impact of nourishment on mental clutter.
Introducing Ayurvedic philosophy of elements and energies.
Understanding transformation and creation as constant processes for better health and well-being.
Defining well-being and its interpretation.
22:43
Views on well-being include a mix of physical and mental aspects, grounding, and inner peace.
Emphasis on well-being as a continuous process, not a fixed destination.
Cultural influences and evolving definitions of well-being, incorporating elements from Eastern philosophies.
Subjective nature of well-being and the importance of individualized approaches.
Importance of well-being in life as compared to a game, with health as the roll of the dice and wellness as how you play the board.
25:47
Well-being involves listening to the body's natural wisdom over the mind's deceitful nature.
Prioritizing well-being includes understanding and listening to the body, starting with awareness.
Focusing on digestion, cravings, hunger levels, and bowel movements as vital indicators of overall health and well-being.
Importance of Digestion, Sleep Quality, and Joy for Overall Well-Being.
28:40
Digestion impacts tissue formation, emphasizing the importance of mindful eating habits.
Factors like stress, pre-bedtime activities, and dreams influence the quality of sleep.
Prioritizing joy and recognizing moments of joyfulness as productive enhances mental and emotional health.
Cultivating joy and awareness helps identify sources of imbalance and promote a balanced lifestyle.
Importance of Balance in Daily Life
32:14
Recognize the need for different approaches to stillness based on mental states.
Break up stagnant or hyperactive energy through energizing activities.
Incorporate rituals into daily routines for optimal well-being.
Emphasize the benefits of cyclical rhythms and consistent daily habits on overall wellness.
Importance of treating daily routines as rituals for overall well-being.
34:25
Encouraging reverence in everyday moments similar to community or spiritual rituals.
Reflecting on life choices, habits, and daily schedules as founders for personal growth.
Incorporating concepts of wellbeing, gut health, and rituals into daily lives.
Challenges of managing a schedule with constantly changing tasks and impact on overall well-being.
Importance of Morning and Bedtime Routines for Well-being.
39:12
Morning meditation and bedtime routines aid in maintaining balance and overall well-being.
Self-care during these times allows for moments to reconnect with oneself.
Recognizing when energy levels are low and prioritizing rest and relaxation is crucial.
Understanding the need for balance and self-care contributes to mental and emotional health throughout the day.
Importance of Maintaining a Schedule and Self-Care
42:53
Finding moments to reduce anxiety and optimize well-being is crucial in a strict schedule.
Perfection is not necessary, occasional bursts of energy can be beneficial.
Consistency is key, but occasional efforts towards self-care can greatly improve overall well-being.
Bringing oneself back to center when possible is encouraged, even if it can't be a daily or weekly routine.
Importance of self-care and self-improvement.
45:43
Balancing gut feelings and perseverance is essential for personal growth.
Caution against staying in an imbalanced state for too long.
Encouragement of mindfulness and self-awareness for well-being.
It takes around 30 days for nutrients to be absorbed for sustained change.
Importance of Consistency and Commitment for Lasting Changes.
48:36
Consistency and commitment for at least 30 days are crucial to see results and make lasting changes.
Emphasizing the Concept of Counterbalance in Team Dynamics.
Slow, intentional, and soothing activities are needed after high-energy periods to create balance.
Encouragement to Intentionally Shift Energy Within Team and Business.
Balancing high-intensity with low-intensity activities can boost creativity and productivity.
Value of Giving Team Members Space for Individual Work.
Allowing team members space for individual work and regrouping enhances overall productivity and creativity.
Discussion on making helpful topics accessible to founders, integrating community support for personal well-being, and applying business principles to personal development.
51:36
Emphasis on reflecting on defining well-being, finding joy, and cultivating awareness.
Importance of checking in on emotions, sleep, and eating habits for balance.
Insights into energy flow categories in Ayurveda: hyperactivity, inflammation, and stickiness.
Breakdown of how these energy flows manifest in the body and impact overall well-being.
Importance of Balancing Energy Peaks in Organizations.
53:20
Incorporating rituals and moments of reverence can help create a sense of stillness and soothe hyperactivity and irritability.
Cultivating practices like journaling can bring awareness to daily experiences and unite the mind and body.
Writing down thoughts and feelings can enhance overall wellbeing and mindfulness in leaders and employees.
These practices can counterbalance the negative effects of hyperactivity, irritability, and stagnancy in organizational environments.
Importance of tracking awareness and data over time.
56:31
Journaling recommended as a helpful practice for self-reflection.
Gratitude expressed for tangible advice shared and personal growth.
Reflection on community impact and fostering a sense of togetherness.
Session concludes with group ritual involving sharing music and leading a team cheer.