It’s hard to avoid stressful situations completely when you’re running a business. However, there are a few things you might be doing that can increase those situations significantly. The big takeaway here is that you should be looking at areas of your work life that are causing you problems and doing something about it. If you are stressed while working, ill health, poor performance, and a struggling business may not be too far away.
We’ve covered dealing with stress and looking after your health before on this blog. But today, ‘were going to look at some practical things you can do to reduce your stress levels, start enjoying being a business owner again, and get some of your life back.
Tap into your self motivation
A lot of the stress you feel as a business owner is that you have a whole bunch of things to do and little time to do it. And the consequences of that can be severe – you lose motivation and have to go through a period of feeling low. It’s important that you are able to lift yourself out of gloomy periods, and remember that you are in this because you love what you do. Have this in mind all day, every day, and you will find yourself getting through the tough periods a lot quicker and easier.
A lot of small business owners take on far too many tasks, when there is really no need – and the likelihood is that you will just spread yourself thin. So, think of areas where you don’t have expertise, or that take up far too much of your valuable time. For example, perhaps technology isn’t your thing, and you would benefit from outsourcing to an IT support company. Maybe you waste hours – or even days – poring over your SEO stats when a professional digital marketing company could do a better and faster job than you. Ultimately, this will free up your time to focus on what you are good at, and the as the confidence returns, the stress will diminish.
Take time out
This one can be tricky for small business owners, who feel nothing less than guilty when they aren’t working on their companies. However, it’s critical that you take time out. Not only can you step back and take stock of what you have achieved and what you need to do, but you will find scheduling a time out once in a while refreshes the body, mind and soul. Whether you use that time for leisure, catching up with friends, exercise – or a mixture of all three – it’s essential you have down time.
Find a support system
Finally, ensure you have support around you outside of the work environment. Family and friends are a good idea to watch your back, of course, but also consider extending your network. Mentors who have experience in your industry can prove invaluable if you need to offload and get advice on something specific. And hooking up with like minded others at networking events can be beneficial, too. Ultimately, spending time with others is a great way to destress and talk things through – which will be good for releasing some mental pressure.