Dealing With Stress in Home Business
5 Tips for Managing Stress as an Entrepreneur
Running a home business offers freedom and flexibility of being your own boss, but also, it’s fraught with frustration and anxiety that can lead to stress. More and more we’re hearing about the negative impact of stress on your physical and mental health. Stress can suck the joy out of your home business and make it difficult to think creatively and problem solve. It's also unavoidable, so learning to deal with stress is crucial to your home business success. Here are 5 tips for reducing and managing stress.
1. Figure out what stress is telling you
The first step is recognizing how stress manifests in you. Do you get irritated or tired? Do you clench your jaw or get a stomach ache? When you realize you're feeling stress, the next step is to figure out why. Stress occurs because something is going on. It’s like how your hand hurts if you pinch it. That pain is telling you something is wrong. Stress is the same, although it’s not always easy to find the source of stress. Determining the cause of stress requires that you pay attention to what’s going on when stress symptoms occur.
Whatever you’re doing or thinking about at that time, is a likely culprit of your stress. Other times, stress can be built up because you're ignoring problems or worrying instead of actively dealing with them. It's important to pay attention to issues that may be leading chronic stress, such as money woes or lack of family support in your business.
2. Avoid or minimize stressors
Stress isn’t always avoidable, but whenever possible, make changes that can eliminate or reduce stress. Are mornings stressful? Create a new morning routine that gives you the time and peace. Are clients making unreasonable demands in your home business? Find new clients and then terminate your contract with your difficult clients. Are you worried your bank account is low? Review and revise your business plan and find ways to increase cash flow.
3. Learn anti-stress techniques
One problem with stress is that it can hinder creativity and productivity. The best way to deal with stress is to calm it. There are many ways to relieve stress, including deep breathing or meditation, going for a walk, listening to music and more. The trick is to recognize stress (#1) and then find a stress-reducing tactic that works for you. If you’re stuck, talk to people who manage stress well and learn what they do.
4. Stay away from stressful people
Negative Nellies are not online irritating, they can induce stress. So too can people who always see the glass half-full and can't say anything that doesn’t have a negative tinge to it.
Stress, like negativity, can be contagious. You find yourself getting tense or negative around certain people, look for ways to avoid spending too much time with them. This goes for social media, which can be a great source of negativity that leads to stress.
5. Take care of yourself
Stress is made worse if your body and mind are compromised. A poor diet, lack of sleep, and little to no exercise can exacerbate stress. Taking care of your body through good nutrition, quality sleep, and regular exercise not only reduces stress, but also, it’ll boost mood and energy. Often good health is sacrificed because of time constraints, but you’ll make better use of your time and feel better if you make time to take care of yourself.
Eating well isn’t any harder than eating poorly. There are healthy quick food options. Finding 30 minutes to walk or do yoga isn’t impossible. You can even walk 10 minutes 3 times a day, such as at lunchtime, after work, and after dinner. Finally, if you’re having trouble sleeping, consult your doctor. Some ideas including turning off all screens 30 minutes before going to bed and practicing relaxation techniques.