Being a business owner is stressful and whilst it’s true that stress is part and parcel of entrepreneurship, there are plenty of realistic ways to manage it.
The first step toward reducing stress is lightening the load and there are very good reasons why you should outsource your business [Five Simple Reasons to Outsource].
If you want to achieve long-term success as a business owner, you need to know when to delegate. Decide which tasks require your expertise and delegate those that your team members should be able to handle. Outsourcing allows you to focus on the growth of your business while maintaining your creativity.
Regular exercise is an incredibly effective stress buster.
Exercise is known to release endorphins which help to combat stress and fatigue. Better yet, exercise strengthens your memory and sharpens your focus, resulting in increased productivity. Essentially, it kicks off a positive cycle that can really make a difference when it comes to keeping stress under control.
Even a small amount of exercise can be useful in managing stress. If you’re pressed for time, why not try a 15-minute HIIT session in the morning to get those endorphins flowing?
Meditation has been around for thousands of years and is celebrated for its stress-relieving benefits. Try to set aside a designated time slot each morning or evening to meditate regularly. This is also an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety.
4. Find a Hobby
If you’re a business owner, it’s easy to let your entire life be consumed by your work, but you should also make an effort to maintain other interests. Take up a fun hobby to relax.
When we do something just for fun, dopamine is released in the brain, the feel-good hormone that stimulates creativity and gets those good ideas flowing. Thus, taking up a seemingly trivial hobby not only helps combat stress but may also benefit your business.
5. Take Regular Breaks
Overworking can be a problem for everyone, but ignoring regular breaks actually hinders productivity. Just five minutes outside can refresh your brain and allow you to gain new perspective.
You could get up and go get a glass of water or go for a walk with a colleague instead of sending IMs/emails.
There are effective ways to manage a remote team if some of your employees are now working hybrid hours [How to Manage an Effective Remote Team].
I know from my experience as a business owner how important it is to take control of your stress, rather than letting it control you. There is a temptation to neglect breaks and devote your entire life to running your business, but this will only lead to burnout. Make sure you are committed to keeping stress under control for the long-term health of your business.
If you are finding running your business overwhelming why not contact Venice Virtual to see if we can help alleviate some of the pressure. This could be anything from putting together a marketing plan to managing your bookkeeping or admin. Why not contact us today to see if we can help.