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6 ways to reduce stress as a business owner

Our favourite part of this featured blog.... “Anyone running a small business knows that it can be overwhelming at times.” Haha well in all honesty.. I think overwhelming is an understatement! As a sister in law duo trying to open & run our small business post covid-19 we are constantly filled with a mixture of emotions, happy, sad, excited, scared, tired, stressed. Our goal to ourselves this week is to try and better manage our daily stresses by trying out some of these awesome tips and tricks from and why not share them with you to try out to?! We are all for helping out other small businesses!!

Anyone running a small business knows that it can be overwhelming at times. Truthfully, it could feel overwhelming most of the time. The reason that owning and running your own business is so stressful is that everything, or just about everything, tends falls on your shoulders. Luckily, there are business stress management tips that can help you.

You are expected to wear a number of hats at once and there seems to always be an endless number of tasks and actions that await you day in and day out.

According to the 2012 Small Business Owner Report from the Bank of America, many small business owners claimed that twice as much stress in their lives comes from running their businesses compared to the stress involved in maintaining a healthy relationship with a partner. They also claimed that running a small business was much more stressful than both managing their personal finances and raising their children.

That’s a lot of stress!

Ultimately, the stress tends to be worth it if you are living your dream of being your own boss and providing a service or product to people that you truly believe in. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to relieve a bit of the everyday stress, or at least manage it a little better.

At the end of the day, your health needs to be prioritized above all else, and high levels of stress on a regular basis can have very negative effects on both your mental and physical health.

If you’re a small business owner that deals with high levels of work-related stress every day, here are some actions you can take to help reduce stress and stay healthy.

Tip 1: Automate Technology is a beautiful thing. Modern small business owners are incredibly lucky that they live in a day and age in which new technologies that can help them manage their businesses more easily are popping up on a daily basis.

Tip 2: Delegate Small business owners often believe that hiring help isn’t a realistic option in the early phases, but usually, that’s not true at all. There are plenty of tasks that are taking up too much of your time that can be outsourced. For example, administrative tasks like scheduling meetings and calls or even bookkeeping.

There are freelancers and part-timers out there who can perform these tasks better than you and for a fraction of the cost of the time and money you are losing each week by performing these tasks yourself.

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Tip 3: Exercise more Studies have proven that increasing your daily physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. This doesn’t mean that you need to be in the gym two hours a day. Just about any type of physical activity can help in reducing your stress levels. Do you have 30 minutes to kill before your next meeting? Don’t sit around looking at your smartphone, go out and take a walk around your office. Take a break from work and perform five minutes of stretching every other hour to get your blood flowing. Exercise also improves your mood and gives you more self-confidence to conquer your everyday tasks.

Tip 4: Take a break


Studies have shown that your employees are more productive and happier at work when they use all of their vacation time. It should then be no surprise that the same goes for

business owners and managers. Taking a break doesn’t even have to mean going on vacation. Going out for lunch every day and taking an hour to eat in peace and enjoy a walk around town without checking your emails can do wonders for your stress levels. Another good idea is designating one day each week to spend outside the office with your loved ones and to make a rule that you won’t be taking any work-related calls or engaging in any business-related tasks during that day.

Tip 5: Fix your diet One of the worst things about being constantly buried in work is that you tend to stop paying attention to your diet. Many small business owners fall into this trap. They believe that they don’t have time to eat properly, which leads to their diets consisting of nothing but coffee and fast food. The truth of the matter is that eating healthy does not take that much time. It simply takes a little more attention. There are certain foods that you should eat if you want to decrease stress levels, such as foods that are high in fiber.

Tip 6: Prioritize sleep

Business owners are often chronically tired because they just don’t get enough sleep every night. Whether you like it or not, getting enough sleep is an absolute necessity, not just for business owners but human beings in general.

A good night’s sleep can truly do wonders when it comes to reducing stress levels. Not only does more sleep equate to less stress, it’s also helps you to better manage the unavoidable stresses of running a small business.

Tired people tend to lack the patience and clarity of mind needed to properly function in high-stress work environments.

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