Stress can be a big issue for business owners. There is always so much to do, and the responsibility for everything falls to them. Even if there are no employees to worry about, the business owner’s entire livelihood could depend on that one business, and if anything were to go wrong, they could lose their only source of income.
It’s clearly something that will worry a lot of people, even when things are going well.
The problem is, too much stress can be bad for your mental health, causing depression and anxiety. This is not conducive to running a business well, so the problems can quickly spiral out of control. Not only can there be mental health issues associated with stress, but physical problems can occur too, including raised blood pressure (which can lead to stroke), insomnia, heart disease, type two diabetes (through not eating well), and more.
It is clear, then, that stress must be managed when you are a business owner. This may seem to be easier said than done, but there are some great ways you can de-stress as a business owner, allowing you to save your health and your business in one go. Read on to find out more.
Take A Break
When there is a lot to do, the idea of stopping and taking a break, even if it’s just for a few minutes, can seem impossible. It will feel like the last thing you want to do, as surely you’ll be wasting time and not getting anything done at all? And you’ll just have to work harder later on to make up for the time you took off?
In reality, taking a break when things start to get on top of you is the best thing you can do. Just pausing for 30 minutes to go for a walk, to watch some TV, or listen to some music, to meditate, to run, or anything else that helps you wind down is perfect. As long as you don’t use that break time to worry more about all the things you have to do in your business, and instead fill it with something you need to put all your focus into (even if that something is doing nothing at all) you – and your business – will benefit from it.
When your brain is less stressed about the things you were worrying about, solutions are much easier to find. Plus, you’ll be more productive when you get back to work after a rest, so you’ll actually get more done than if you had just continued working without taking a break. This will also help you to de-stress.
Outsourcing isn’t just something that large companies do because they can afford it and there’s just too much work for its employees to handle. Outsourcing is an ideal way for business owners to de-stress no matter what size their business is.
You don’t have to outsource everything, but anything that is causing you stress could potentially be handed over to someone else to do. This could including marketing, taxes, and organizing managed IT services to help you with the most difficult yet essential tasks all businesses need to include.
When you outsource the tasks you don’t have skills in, not only are you ensuring that the work is done to a much higher standard than you could have done it (helping your business’s reputation), but you are giving yourself more time to focus on the things you are best at, boosting your business at the same time.
Take A Walk
We briefly mentioned taking a walking earlier when we discussed how important it is to take breaks to de-stress. The reason for a walk being such a good stress buster for business owners is that it takes you away – literally – from the business itself and everything that relates to it.
Even if you are trying to take a break, it can be tempting to check your email, make a quick phone call, update your company’s social media, and so on. This won’t help you, and could even make you more anxious than before.
When you go for a walk, you won’t have access to these things, or at least, even if you have your phone with you, you won’t easily be able to do any work when you’re walking, even if it’s just around the block, let alone if it’s further afield.
Not only that, but walking is good for lowering your blood pressure, which can easily be raised when you are stressed. And you’re exercising too, which is always recommended.