De-Stress Your Small Business

Banish Stress From Your Small Business

If you’re a small business owner, you may not realize just how much you set the tone for everything that goes down in your business. Is the tone you’re setting one of stress and worry? It doesn’t have to be! Let’s take a look at a few ways to banish stress and get to a more peaceful, productive place in your small business!

Lack of Control

According to Business Knowledge Source, factors that you cannot control are the leading cause of stress in the workplace. For small business owners, that translates into a myriad of issues that can include the weather, vendor prices and deliveries, and employee behavior. Allowing yourself to become frustrated with outside interruptions over which you have no control can cause your blood pressure to rise and your confidence to wane. Often, the only area where you have constant control is yourself and your own reactions to the uncontrollable factors in business. The list of things over which you have little or no control is endless, so you’d do best to recognize those factors and develop ways to successfully deal with uncontrollable situations when they occur.
– via Small Business – Chron.com

Management 101

Managing yourself well is an essential part of managing your small business. With all the pressures of entrepreneurship, you’re going to have stressful moments from time to time. But that stress doesn’t have to stick around! Here are a few de-stressing techniques to be a good manager of not only your small business but also yourself.

Turn it off

Computers, tablets and smart phones ensure that we can always be reached and that we can consistently be connected. But that level of connectivity, from the constant barrage of email to social media activity to other e-information, creates a ton of stress for us, sometimes without us even realizing it. Think of yourself as a computer – if you never turn the computer off, it burns out.

The same applies to you. Carve out time in your day to unplug and also try to create chunks of time a few times a year where you go without technology. It will help you get more focused work completed and cut down on your stress.
– via The Blaze

Here are a few more tips to help you manage stress in your small business and be as productive as you want to be.

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. If you haven’t moved from in front of your computer for last 45 minutes, stand up and walk around your office or do some quick stretches.

Take a break

A 10-minute walk around the office park, stroll through the office chatting with employees or run down to the local Starbucks for coffee can do a lot to clear your head and manage stress. (Make that coffee decaf, though, if you’re already feeling frazzled.)

Get enough sleep

You must make time to sleep or you’ll end up on an endless hamster wheel of tiredness. Find ways to delegate, automate or eliminate tasks that take up too much time for too little return. Use the extra time to sleep and make it a a priority, just like a business meeting with a client.
– via Small Biz Daily

What tone are you setting in your small business? Could you make any small changes to set a more positive environment for yourself and your business?

My “Go-To Resources” I use regularly in my own business.

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