Owning a business is stressful, and you can’t really escape it. The sooner you learn small business stress management, the better. With stress awareness day on Wednesday, I thought some tips would be helpful to help you make a start:
1. Start with the basics
When you’re hungry, thirsty or tired, the littlest things can seem overwhelming. If you haven’t had a drink of water in the past hour, get one. If you haven’t eaten something in the past few hours, grab a light, healthy snack like nuts or fruit.
2. Rank your tasks
One of the causes of stress in business is having so many things to work on that none of them get done. Write down everything that you need to complete. Then, rank your tasks from greatest to least.
3. Take breaks
This is probably the simplest piece of business owner stress management advice — take a break. If you’re constantly spinning your wheels, not getting anywhere, and stressing about the problem, taking a short break might be all you need.
4. Remember what’s going right
As you’re building your business, it is easy to only focus on the things that are going wrong. You can become stressed when you’re looking at all the things that are behind schedule, underfunded or need to be fixed
5. Develop systems
Creating systems for common tasks in your business means you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you get a new client/launch a new product/start a new marketing campaign. Systems also make it easier to delegate because you can train others in the system instead of doing everything yourself.
6. Listen to Music for Relaxation Purposes
Even though people tend to have varying answers when asked about their favorite genres or musical artists, there’s a common thread between many of them. It’s that individuals often listen to music to help them relax. A 2015 study found the practice has both mental and physical benefits related to stress relief. When people taking part in the research stated they were listening to music to relax, they experienced the most profound reductions in cortisol production and perceived levels of stress compared to hearing music for other reasons.
Stress is a fact of life. However, this list of tips will go a long way in helping you manage it, and you should notice benefits in your work output as well as your personal life.