Lessons in mental health for SMEs

Running a business takes a lot out of a person. Juggling financial, mental, emotional, and physical stresses can drain you really quickly if you aren’t careful.

One issue many small business owners run into is that they spend so much time taking care of their business, they forget to take care of their own mental health. If you just need some help getting back on track, you should know that there are many mental health tips to help small business owners just like you.

Be proactive in looking after your mental health

Everybody is different so what may work for you might not work for somebody else. However, taking regular breaks can give you a fresh perspective. It is beneficial to take a step back, this can be a couple of minutes every hour.

Make a working schedule and stick to it

If you are a small business owner you may feel like you have an endless amount of tasks to carry out and like your business is running you. However, you need to take time out. Set yourself working hours and have certain times where you switch off. This may be difficult as your business becomes a part of you, but you must do it to keep a healthy mind.

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Eat well and exercise regularly

Although this may seem obvious, you would be surprised how many people forget the basics to keeping yourself healthy. Eating well and on time can make a big difference to your mind. Take time to get fresh air and schedule gym if you can. Everybody is different therefore, choose what suits you best, this can be an hour gym session or a half hour walk.  The NHS has some equipment free suggestions here.

Make sleep a priority

According to a study by Bensons for Beds, sleeplessness and the lack of productivity due to it is costing the UK around £1billion a year. Sleep will ultimately help you, so give yourself enough time to rest your body and mind, this will only make you work better and be more productive. If you are struggling with sleep, you may need to seek professional help.

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Make ‘me time’ a regular occurrence in your schedule

Take time to do something you love, regularly. Allow yourself a time to actually enjoy yourself and take some time away from your business. It will give a chance to take a step and get some perspective.

Ask for help when you need it

This can be asking a friend to help you out, or actually seeing a professional to help you deal with any mental health issues. You need to maintain mental health and wellbeing as you would with physical health. So, make sure to take time out to take care of yourself.

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