Write everything down. It’s fantastic how accomplished you’ll feel.
Stress is everywhere in business. There are too many things which will keep on whirling in your mind and may make you anxious and tired – lack of sales, too much debt, financial shortcomings, and issues with employees, and problems with equipment and operations.
As a business owner, you can’t easily escape from stress. The sooner you learn small business stress management, the better it is for you.
Here are my five necessary steps to combat small business owner stress.
Remember What’s Going Right
You do not want anything to go wrong in your business. You may always be pinpointing what needs to be fixed, to be improved, to be done, etc. There is nothing wrong in looking at some flaws but don’t forget to be appreciative of the successful things in your business too.
You can improve your stress management by counting all your accomplishments. “When we can’t change the circumstances, it’s often useful to adjust how we think about a situation,” Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D. says. List all your most significant achievements down to the smallest ones. Post them in an area which is a reach of your sight so you will be reminded of the many successes that you have. There are too many bad things that may happen, but there are also countless blessings that deserve your attention. It is fulfilling to know that despite these failures that you encounter in your business, there are still many good things to look forward to in the future. “Every time a stressful thought enters consciousness, if there’s nothing you can or want to do about it then, literally say “stop” to yourself and immediately redirect your thinking to something constructive,” Marty Nemko Ph.D. suggests.
Rank Your Tasks
There are numerous tasks that you have to perform in your business. If you do a little of each of the functions, they may be left undone.
Well, your pen and paper may help you a lot! List all your tasks then rank them from the essential functions down to the least. Focus on actualizing the most crucial task first before you move to the next job. By doing this, you have a clear path on what to start first.
Don’t get stressed with the length of the list of the tasks you need to do. Remember that your focus is to do first the most important job.
Purge Your Brain
When you have a business, you do it because of your passion. Wherever you are, you always think of it that even if it is time to sleep, your mind keeps on organizing thoughts about things that could be done.
One good way for this thing not to get stressful and for this not to interfere with your normal routine is by writing down all the things that are going on in your mind. List all the problems together with the possible solutions. By doing this, you will also not forget important things in your business that should be given attention.
Take A Break
You may be too confined with your business that you forgot you are a social being, as well. Being away from your stressor helps a lot. If you can’t be away from your business for the whole day, then do it for at least ten minutes. Do anything that is not business-related. Call your friends. Hang out with them. Watch funny movies. Do anything that relaxes you. Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. suggests, “Any relaxation strategy involves use of your self-regulation strength.” He adds, “In turn, such self-regulation has a positive impact on your racing mind and your worries of the day.”
Once you have rested mentally from a business-related task, you have a clearer mind when you get back. You may come up with new and better ways of completing your tasks.
Take Care Of Yourself
Health is wealth. Your business may take all of you. You may have sleepless nights and no fun weekends at all. You have to make sure that you still intake what your body needs. Exercise regularly. Drink plenty of water. Eat your meals on time. Take a rest. Lower your caffeine consumption.
Many entrepreneurs fail in their business due to an unhealthy body. Be fit for you will have a healthy mind. With this, you will then be able to generate better ideas to improve your business.