Running a startup or small business owner is exciting and provides many benefits. Small business owners often have to multitask and quickly learn skills that they may not have much experience in. With the independence and creative control also comes the potential for higher stress levels. Below are some tips to help small business owners manage stress.
When you’re running around trying to stay on top of all facets of your small business, you can forget the essentials your body needs to keep going. When you’re hungry, eat. Try to eat something in the morning as well so you’re nut just running off of caffeine. A protein bar can help in a pinch. For lunch, a salad or wrap will keep you fueled without making you tired.
It’s also important to stay hydrated. If you drink coffee or alcohol, they can dehydrate you. Keeping a water bottle with you can make it easier to stay hydrating. Dehydration can cause headaches and drain your energy.
Sleep is also a must. When you’re fully rested you’re able to focus better and be more productive.
One of the most stressful parts of running a small business is when it finally starts to take off. When your company gets busy, you end up working more and it gets harder to stay organized. Remember, being busy is a good thing. It means your doing something right. To maintain your success, it’s also important to not overwork yourself. If it’s 11 at night, get some sleep and get back to it the next day.
If you’re consistently stressed by work, take a moment to try to figure out what’s causing the stress. Are you unorganized, behind schedule or under staffed? If you can determine where the stress is coming from you can take steps to fix the issues.
It may seem like the last thing you think you should do is stop working in the middle of the day, but one of the best ways to stay productive is to take a 30 minute break to exercise. Go for a bike ride or a run to get your blood flowing and burn off some steam. When you get back to work you’ll be more focused and will be able to knock out the rest of the day’s work.
Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and have a fun night out. If you’re stress from work, reminding yourself that you can have fun with friends can be a great way to relax and recharge.