Coping With Business Stress – Don’t Let It Get You Down
No matter how much you enjoy running your business, it can be stressful at times. As a business owner you have to wear many hats, so to speak, so there are a lot of different competing interests that demand your time and energy. The next time that things begin to get too hectic or just seem to be “too much” to deal with, try some of these strategies to cut your stress level.
1. Be kind to yourself and make time for joy throughout your day. We all have those days where we feel like we barely have time to breathe because we are so busy and have so many deadlines and commitments. There’s just so much that needs to be done that it’s tempting to just sit there with your nose to the grindstone for hours on end until you get the job done.
While it might seem counter–intuitive at first glance, you will find that you will feel less stressed, and get more done during your day, if you will take small mini-breaks as you go along. What are some little things that bring a smile to your face? Is it reading an email from a loved one or savouring a cup of your favorite coffee blend? Taking a short 5 to 10 minute break every hour or two during your day will help you to reduce your stress and come back to your work feeling renewed and revitalised.
2. You are not a superhero; it really is okay to delegate. Do you remember that classic Beatles song, I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends? When many business owners first start up their company, they often end up literally doing everything that needs to be done out of necessity. While this might work for a short while, in the long term this strategy can be hazardous to both your health and the health of your company.
It really is okay if you don’t do every single task yourself. As your company expands you can and should hire staff and consultants and let others help you. While it’s hard to give up control, it really is worthwhile to learn how to delegate tasks and responsibilities. Your company and business will grow and you will free up your time and energy for more important tasks, such as working on your vision for your company and how to expand your reach.
3. Take care of yourself when you are away from work. Adopting a healthy lifestyle outside of work can also help you to reduce your overall stress levels. Simple things such as making certain that you are getting enough water through the day to stay hydrated, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious foods can all help you to support your body so that it responds better to stress.
You can also lower your stress levels as well as your blood pressure with some daily exercise such as yoga or taking a 20 to 30 minute stroll around the neighborhood each day. Exercises that can help you to further reduce your stress levels include non-competitive activities such as meditation where you can learn to reduce your heart rate and stress level by practicing breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation.
Are you working to live or living to work? Regardless of which coping strategy that you use to reduce your stress levels, the important thing to remember is to make time for yourself and your loved ones throughout your days. You will feel less stressed and get more joy out of life, while also getting more done.