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Running a business can be very stressful. There always seems to be something that demands your time, requires you attention, or goes wrong. It’s part of the game and no business no matter what it is will ever run 100% stress free.
Even the biggest companies in the world have issues. Amazon, Facebook, Google, etc. These are multi-billion dollar businesses and their owners have stress. The mom and pop shop down the street from you are stressed. It’s hard to escape, but there are some things you can do to help deal with it.
At the very least you need to identify ways that help you deal with stress. While you can’t eliminate it fully, you can greatly reduce it. It’s important for your overall health that you learn how to control it.
Learn how to completely unplug in the evening.
When you end your work day and head home it’s best if you are able to leave work at the office and focus on relaxing or if you have a family, spending quality time with them.
This can help to get your mind off of the issues that cause stress. They are going to be there waiting for you the next day, so there is no need to stress yourself out over them while you are at home.
Try meditating and yoga.
Meditating and yoga are very good for your mind and soul. Most people that give it a try become very dedicated to it and swear by its impact on their overall health. It’s been proven to help relax you, which naturally helps to reduce your stress.
The hardest part is just trying it and then making sure to do it on a regular basis. The people I know that do this have become so dependent on it that they never miss a session. They become very dedicated because it’s so effective.
Delegate some of your more tedious tasks.
Sometimes stress is brought upon ourselves because we try to take on too many responsibilities. We only have so much time in a day, so you have to manage your schedule in a way that you tackle the most important tasks.
What about the little things? Well, you can delegate those and put people in place to take care of them. You can use a virtual assistant, a personal assistant or an outsourcing staffing agency. There are plenty of options available.
You can even use a BPO strategy and outsource entire segments or departments of your business. Some businesses can outsource stressful components, such as customer service. Determine what would help reduce stress by outsourcing and look for viable solutions.
Speak to a therapist if you have high anxiety and or stress.
Sometimes stress can really impact a person in a negative manner. If you feel totally overwhelmed then you might want to consider speaking to a therapist.
Often times just speaking to someone can help you not only identify what is the root of your stress, but also what the best ways to help reduce it are. Together with your therapist you can monitor and evaluate your progress.
While it is hard to eliminate all stress as a business owner, there are things you can do to reduce it greatly.
- Addisyn is a dance studio owner and a former journalism major at UCONN. She blogs as much as possible for the simple joy of writing and seeing her words and thoughts published.