5 Things Business Owners Must Do to Kick Some of that Excess Stress
While owning a business has never been a stress-free endeavor, a recent survey found that over 60 percent of small business owners think their stress levels are increasing. Why? Perhaps increased competition is driving owners to work longer, harder hours. Maybe the Internet and our always-connected work lives are straining our home lives. Whatever the reason, all that excess stress needs to be relieved if you are going to succeed in this modern economy.5 Things Business Owners Must Do to Kick Some of that Excess Stress
Take time for some self-care
Here’s a common business owner mentality: Any time spent solely on me is wasted time. For some reason, forgoing one’s own care in an attempt to work harder and longer than everyone else is lauded in some circles. The fact is that self-care is vital to being a successful business owner. It can boost your self-esteem, increase your productivity and even bolster your immune system. You can’t run a finely tuned business if you are not healthy. Self-care can mean many things, from taking the time to do your daily yoga to making sure you pamper yourself with a massage every week. If at all possible, start working from home, which will allow you to make your own schedule and cut down on the amount of time you spend away from the house. By creating a healthy schedule and sticking to it (and that includes avoiding business-related emails after you’ve logged off for the day), you can achieve a better work-life balance, which will, in turn, help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels considerably.
Just say no
To borrow a tagline from a famous public health campaign, when it comes to lowering your stress levels you have to “just say no.” As Psychology Today reports, learning to say no is about being able to set personal boundaries. Saying “no” is about taking much-needed time for yourself. Saying “no” is about taking control of your day-to-day schedule.
Sweat it out
Okay, you can’t actually sweat out stress. But you can exercise on a daily basis, which will boost the levels of serotonin in your brain, and isn’t that kind of the same thing? Exercise not only helps to reduce stress on its own, but it also helps improve things that in turn lead to reduced stress including pain and poor sleep.
“Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers – and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress,” notes the ADAA.
If you can’t trust an employee to do a task for you, then they shouldn’t be your employee. With that in mind, you should delegate more to reduce stress. Your employees can handle it. You don’t have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to take any steps back from your business or anything, just reduce the severity of your own workload and maybe get to spend some extra time at home or on a vacation. Talk about a stress buster!
Break large tasks up into smaller tasks
According to Business.com, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that business-related stress mostly derives from putting off work. It’s the dread that does it. As a result, he suggests diving into tasks ASAP. One way to do this is to turn a big task into a bunch of little tasks. Every time you complete one of the tasks – no matter how small it is – you’ll get a sense of accomplishment. Knowing that you’re progressing will help to eliminate that overwhelming stress, guaranteed.
Think about your business and its growth as a car driving down a road. A few speed bumps and things in the road aren’t going to stop the car, but the more impediments the car has to navigate, the slower it becomes. Every individual stressor in your daily life is an impediment to progress. Take the time to focus on relieving that stress ASAP, and you will free yourself to achieve your business goals.
Written by July Morris (Life and Carrier Coach) juliemorris.org