As a business owner, you may be wearing so many hats. And that makes it easy to get overwhelmed with so many things you have on your list of to-do that you jeopardize your health in the process.
Most business owners are focused on getting it right. As much as that is a good thing, it subtly weary you out. The ability to manage stress is vital to growing your business.
Here are some ways you can achieve that.
- Be aware of what you’re doing right
- Learn to Schedule your tasks and delegate tasks
- Target work-life balance
- Learn to Take a Break
- Practice self-care
- Recognize your stressors and Practice Mindfulness
- Have strong connections
Let’s dive in.
1. Be aware of what you’re Doing Right:
As you grow your business, it is easy to only focus on the things that are going wrong.
It’s okay to want to fix every single problem, but focusing on it squarely drains your energy and has the tendency to make you feel pressured, worried, and sad.
But, when you recognize the things that are working well in your business, it sets your mind in a positive direction. This enhances your chance of combating stress easily.
2. Schedule your Tasks and Learn to Delegate Tasks:
One of the causes of stress in business is having so many things to work on that none of them gets done in the long run.
Have a structure, a regular plan for each day. That helps you have a sense of control and keeps stress at arm’s length.
Learn to also delegate tasks to your staff or outsource if you’re a one-man army. Stop trying to do everything yourself. You’ll get burned if you do everything yourself.
3. Target Work-Life Balance:
As a business owner, there is a tendency not to separate work from home. You end up clouding your brain with much to-do and many deadlines.
Target work-life balance. Don’t take work home except extremely important and urgent.
4. Take a Break:
This is probably the simplest piece of advice for business owners in stress management.
Go for a short walk in between works in the office. Take a tea break. Stroll and chat with the staff. This simple act eases stress and takes your mind off how much you want to get down in one sitting.
5. Practice Self Care:
Good health is important- always remember this. Have a “me” time.
A “me” time is where you isolate yourself from every activity and reflect, relax and rest. During this period, you can turn off your phone to avoid answering calls or chatting online.
Eat healthy food. Have enough sleep. Exercise regularly.
This helps you manage stress when it creeps up.
6. Recognize your Stressors and Practice Mindfulness:
You must understand and be able to spot the areas that are stressing you out as a business owner.
Identifying the causes/triggers helps you tackle stress efficiently.
You can self-examine your thoughts, behaviors, and body sensations. Practice journaling and identify the best ways to respond to these causes.
7. Have Strong Connections:
Something as simple as talking to friends or loved ones can easily calm stress. Take out time to speak with loved ones, and hang out or even jog with them.
By now I believe you’ve captured the picture of what it takes to manage stress as a business owner. These are simple tips you can adopt. Learn to rest, eat well, connect with people, separate work from home life, and focus less on what is going wrong.
We hope this has been helpful.
Which of the points resonates with you the most? And which tip are you adopting first? Know about other ways to manage stress? Drop it in the comment let’s learn together.