5 Ways For Business Owners To De-Stress
Owning and running a business is bound to be stressful. There are lots of responsibilities you need to take care of, from dealing with staff to staying on top of paperwork. Or, maybe your business isn’t doing as well as you’d like and you’re worrying about finances.
Alternatively, business could be booming, but you’re having a hard time keeping up with the demand! No matter what the circumstances, there’s plenty of things to worry about when you’re in charge.
Unfortunately, stressful situations will always pop up when you’re a business owner. So, what can you do to make sure you don’t succumb to the pressures of the job? Luckily for you, we have some tips. Here are five ways that business owners can de-stress.
- Treat yourself
Make sure to make time in your busy schedule for yourself. This could mean going for a short walk, scheduling in a 15-minute tea break every couple of hours, or even giving yourself the day off every now and again. After all, taking care of your mental health is one of the easiest ways to maintain a low stress level.
If you’re looking to fully de-stress, why not head to the spa? There you’ll find dedicated treatments like hot stone massages and facials, which are designed to lower stress. Then, complete your experience with an indulgent afternoon tea.
If you’re short on time or money, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Instead, do something simple for yourself like taking a long, relaxing bath or purchasing a neck massager. You’ll be stress-free in no time.
- Delegate your workload
Being a business owner can make you into a sort-of jack of all trades, especially if you don’t have any employees or are part of a small team. If there’s a job you’re having difficulty with, it’s probably bringing you more stress than it’s worth. Take a step towards a less stressful work-life and learn to delegate.
After all, there may be someone out there who will find the task easy (or even fun). Place trust in your employees and give them those tasks that you really don’t want to do. If you don’t have the budget to hire a full-time employee, then you can always outsource the work.
This is a great option from jobs like dealing with your taxes, as there are plenty of accountants out there who can help you on a freelance basis, and you can trust that they’ll do the job well.
You might be a bit wary of handing over responsibilities to others, but there are plenty of competent people out there. It’s time to trust others and let your stress melt away.
- Turn your phone off at the end of the day
Creating a healthy work-life balance will do wonders for your stress levels. Some people may find this step difficult – especially those who worry about emergency situations arising. However, it’s important that you create certain spaces where you’re no longer connected to work.
If you’re really struggling to pry yourself away from the work emails, why not begin by turning your phone off for a couple of hours each evening? When you’re having dinner with your partner and kids, show them that you’re fully present and step away from the technology. Once you’ve become comfortable with switching off, you’ll find it much easier to implement this step into your regular routine and can then go ahead and turn your phone off as soon as you leave the office.
If this still seems impossible, you could set up your phone so that only notifications from specific individuals will come through – those who know to only get in touch if there’s an emergency. Disconnecting from work will also show your employees that you value their wellbeing: if you send them an email at 10pm, are you expecting them to keep working all night, too?
- Take charge of your schedule
One of the benefits of becoming a business owner is that you’re no longer subjected to the work hours dictated by someone else. However, you may find yourself instead losing control of your workload and end up clocking in for far more than the typical 9-to-5 hours. To relieve the stress, take control of your schedule.
After all, you’re the boss! You can make the decisions that will impact your schedule. If you’re finding you’re working late into the evening as that’s when you’re most productive, why not give yourself a later start and have a lie in? Or, you may be more productive in the morning. If that’s the case, block out that time in your calendar to dedicate to powering through your to-do list, and try not to take meetings during those hours.
Likewise, there may be times in the day when you’re least productive. Give yourself back those hours and spend them taking time for yourself, rather than attempting to work and doing so at a poor pace.
- Learn to say no
When you’re trying to grow your business, it can be easy to agree to extra work or responsibilities, and forget about the threat of burning out. Your focus is on the business, rather than yourself. It might be that you’re taking on more customers than you originally anticipated, or taking on tasks instead of delegating responsibilities to your employees or to freelancers. However, this can be very unhealthy, and the build up of stress can actually cause issues further down the line that will impede your ability to do your job.
Attempting to keep on top of all your tasks can cause further stress, as you may not be able to complete everything to the standards that you’re happy with.
Learning to say ‘no’ every now and again can help your own stress levels as well as helping your business, too. It will give you more time to dedicate to the things you do say ‘yes’ to, so your business can flourish along with your peace of mind.