Simple Ways To Deal With Business-Related Stress
Many people start their own business to get rid of the stress of their 9 to 5 schedule in a ‘normal’ job. They choose to work at home to cut out the rigors of the daily commute. They choose to work for themselves to escape the demands of a controlling boss. And they choose to run a business based on their passions, in the hope that they will cut out the stress of doing something soul-destroying. Are you relating to this?
But here’s the thing…
Stress will not go away. If you thought running a business was a pathway to avoiding stress, then think again. You may have to work harder than ever before, especially when getting your business off the ground. There will be tasks that you hate doing. A range of business disasters may befall you. Stress? You may have more pressure than you ever had before.
You can cut out a lot of the stress you face by following some simple practices. Interested? We can imagine you nodding your head eagerly, having already been beaten down by some of the stresses of your business today. Therefore, focus on the following.
Learn how to say “no.” Especially when starting out, or when you are making an exerted effort to create business growth, you may take on more work than you can comfortably handle. But think about it. If you overwhelm yourself, you are going to burn yourself out. If you have too many projects to work on, you aren’t going to have the time to focus on quality. Bang goes your reputation! So say “no” once in a while. You aren’t superhuman, and you and your business will suffer if you continue to do too much.
Manage your time so you can work productively. If you lose control of your day, perhaps by taking on too much work or by letting yourself get distracted, the work will pile up. And the more work you have to do, the more stressed you will get. Therefore, do some of the following. Cut out distractions so you don’t waste time during the day. Work on a timetable that helps you to prioritize your duties. And remember the benefits of outsourcing. There’s a reason why healthcare professionals use a medical billing service. There’s a reason why doctors rely on answering services. It’s because they can’t do everything, and neither can you, so outsource to any service who can help you stay on top of your workload each day.
Look after yourself. Your health has to be your number one priority. No matter how much work you have to do, you still need to concentrate on your physical and mental well-being. Therefore, ensure you get plenty of rest outside work hours, and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Eat a healthy diet throughout the day, and forsake your (stress-inducing) coffee quota for water to boost your energy levels. Take regular breaks, and exercise by getting outside into the fresh air. And when you come to the end of your working day, leave work behind, even if you work from a home office. File your work away, and allow yourself some downtime without getting tempted to work overtime. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (or Jill a dull girl). Shut yourself off, relax, and leave work duties until the next day. These simple steps will de-stress you, and help you stay focused when you are in work mode.
Have you been dealing with business stress? If so, we hope our advice was helpful. While we have largely told you what you probably already know, a healthy reminder is always useful. Common sense goes out of the window when you’re pushing yourself, so take a step back, follow our tips, and get yourself on the road to recovery.