If the end of the year signifies a lot of work for you in your small business, you likely feel the stress mounting up this time of year. While stress is certainly part of being an entrepreneur, there are strategies to help you cope.
1. Get Out of the Office
I’m not asking you to shut down for the day at noon. A simple walk around the building or quick trip to the local coffee shop can be enough to reset your stress levels. And it’s great for creativity!
Consistent meditation has proven to be beneficial in the office. And hey, if it can make your staff 120% more productive, imagine what it could do for you!
3. Take Care of You
What does self-care look like for you? Perhaps a massage or a girls’ night out. You’re no good as a business owner (or a parent or spouse, for that matter) if you’re low on the list of priorities.
4. Find a Sounding Board
It can feel good to simply talk out your stress with your spouse or a coworker. Just make sure you’re not constantly ranting, as that won’t do you any good. If you’ve got a problem to work through, ask someone you trust if you can talk about it.
5. Have Fun in the Office
If your team is under a tight deadline, you’re likely not the only one that’s stressed out. Schedule an after-work dinner or buy your team drinks to get you all out of your heads. Play music in the office, or take a cake break. Not only does it lower stress, but it also shows your staff that you appreciate their hard work.
It’s not obvious that there’s a connection between your morning run and feeling more relaxed at work, but trust me on this one. Exercise has long been a necessary component to my own personal small biz success formula!
7. Eat the Frog First
I love this quote from Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
To me, that means do that thing you dread before you tackle any other task. If you put it off, it’ll linger in the back of your mind and make you more anxious. But get it over with early, and you feel a sense of accomplishment!
8. Tidy Up
I don’t know about you, but I always feel happier when I clean both my office and my computer files. Being able to find things faster and not have to sift through clutter is my zen!
9. Do One Thing at a Time
I don’t know why the idea of multitasking caught on as a positive skill. It actually makes us less productive and doesn’t do anything to create a sense of calm. Focus on what you’re working on right now. Don’t check email. Just focus for at least 15 minutes, then move on to the next task.
10. Find Joy Where You Can
Joy to me is seeing my kids after school. For you, it might be putting a picture of your dog on your desk. Or playing your favorite tunes while you work. These are teeny things, but then can have a huge impact on your sanity.