The stress and strain of running a business can take years off of your life. There are so many things about entrepreneurship that are great in that you can be in charge of when you take vacation, your hours and more, but that also means that you are responsible for everything that goes right and wrong in the day to day operations of your business. Instead of increasing your stress levels, you need to support your mental health with the right attitude in managing your business needs.
The first thing that you need to do is ensure that you are balancing both what is going right and what is going wrong each day. When you start a business, it is like your baby and that can cause you to worry a little too much. It is far too easy to focus all of your energy on what is going wrong but when you do that, it can cause you to lose sight of what is going right! Every business has areas where it can improve, but the goals that you set require you to do just as much analysis of what is going right as well. Making sure to acknowledge what is being done well will also improve the morale of your team and make them feel like they are a part of something successful and worth their time.
Staying organized can be another huge challenge when your business is in the startup phase and also when you are going through significant growth or change. Things can get chaotic fast so organizational skills will reduce the amount of stress that exists in these circumstances. Being proactive about communicating with team members can help with improving the organizational plans because it will make sure that everyone knows what to expect and what their roles are. Making sure that before each project there is a solid plan and schedule in place will help you make sure that you are not falling off of the ball and that you are keeping your eyes on the prize.
Another challenge is turning off work mode. When you are the owner of your business, it can feel like your whole life. However, studies show that mental health will suffer if you do not give yourself a break and do something to keep your mind clear when you punch out of work. Of course, that is easier said than done but try to schedule one hour of gym time or one hour of a television show that is silly or funny or something distracting enough to keep your mind off of work. It will make you a better entrepreneur, a better boss and a better person for your family and friends. It will also set the tone at work for your team to know that they are allowed to take time off or a lunch break or coffee break without worrying that they will be judged harshly for that.
Another thing that you can do is utilize an online business coach! Having a coach who can help you brainstorm or work through problems could end up changing your business for the better. It will give you a mentor who can guide you in the right direction and make you feel less alone or stuck when you experience hurdles or challenges in creating growth for your business. It will remind you that asking for help is not a bad thing and it could help you get ideas from experienced professionals that you never thought of before. Give it a try and see how much of a difference it could make in lowering your stress levels!
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