Starting your own business is often a dream come true, with the ability to create and build a life-long career from the base of your passion. Anyone who runs their own small business will be aware of the levels of stress that easily make their way into your daily life. To allow your business to thrive, it is important that you don’t allow these stresses to dampen your passion. To assist you with this, we have created a simple guide on the ways that you, as a business owner, can manage your stress.
Hire an assistant
When starting out with a small business, it is a common assumption that hiring an additional member of staff as an assistant is unnecessary and impractical. If you take the time to analyse the jobs you carry out each day, week or month, you will be able to see that even the smallest of jobs are taking up too much of your time, causing you to rush around and pick up additional stress. By seeking full-time or part-time help, you are able to delegate these jobs to another trusted member of your team, allowing you to spend your vital time on the jobs that will help your business to thrive.
There is a reason why throughout our lives, from schooling to work, that we have had breaks scheduled into our days. Just because you are now the owner of a brand new, up and coming business, it doesn’t mean that you are excluded from this rule. Taking breaks allows your brain to rest and reset, resulting in increased productivity when sitting back at your desk. These breaks don’t come in only the form of a lunch break, either. Weekends are valuable, train yourself into taking two full days away from your figures and emails and spend them with family and friends. You should also ensure that you are using up your holiday allowance. Studies have shown that employees who use up each vacation day are happier within the workplace, allowing them to work productively each day.
I know – it’s easier said than done, but when it comes to the night-time, you must put your stresses aside, shut your work-mind off and give your body a well-deserved rest. When you experience a full night’s sleep, you will be able to tolerate more within your day, allowing the levels of stress you experience to decrease. If you are finding it hard to be rid of those wild business thoughts that run riot in your head each evening, try to adapt to a new hobby of meditation or yoga, or take a look into the apps available on the market that can monitor your sleep and help you to drift off easily.
We don’t mean to sound like your mother here, but your diet really does play a part in your mood and productivity. If you spend your days grazing on unhealthy snacks, you will be allowing yourself to experience an increase in tired and energy slacking mood swings. Foods with high fibre and low fat will be enough to give you that needed boost throughout the day. Time your meal intakes right too. On stressful days, taking small breaks to feed your brain more regularly will benefit you, whereas on those more relaxed days, you could afford to stick to your one-hour lunch break to make a more substantial meal.
If the above tips and tricks aren’t seeming to help you with managing your stress and you are looking for additional measures to ease your workload and reduce your strain, get in touch with our team here at Hammonds Chartered Accountants to see how we could aid you and your business. Give us a call on 0203 007 4990 or send us an email at where we will be happy to get back to you.