Running your own business is a stressful job; in fact “stress” soon becomes your middle name. Sadly after a few years of stress and a couple of run-ins with other business owners, all equally if not more, stressed out, you decide that the stress is a part of the business package, so there is really nothing you can do about it. While stress in small doses is good for you, long term stress turns on the fight- or- flight mode frequently and for long duration, which can cause a lot of damage to your mental, emotional and physical health.
The long term effects of stress are lowered immunity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, emotional instability, irritability and loss of appetite. The future doesn’t seem to be pretty from here does it? But you can change all that; you can turn your life around and reduce your stress.
- Exercise and Proper Diet– Exercise is a great stress buster. It not only enables you to handle stress, it also equips you to bounce back from the ill effects; so get in a bit of exercise every day. You may think that you don’t have the energy to exercise, but you will find yourself energised after a good 20 minutes of exercise. Lay off the junk food; start eating healthy with proper meal timings. A healthy body is often the first step to a healthy mind.
- Laugh More– “Laughter is the best medicine”, we have all heard that often enough, but never really believed it. Well, laughter is one of the best medicines for stress; in fact studies have found that just the anticipation of laughter greatly reduces stress hormones in our body. So stop looking so grim and laugh more, smile more.
- Share Responsibilities– You don’t have to carry the weight of the world. Find someone to share your responsibilities, allowing you to focus on core business tasks and growing your business.
- Outsource Non- Core Business Tasks– Outsourcing has been found to alleviate the stress of business owners greatly. You will no longer have to worry about non- core business functions like bookkeeping and payroll; you can rely on online bookkeeping services and financial outsourcing companies to take care of things for you. All that means lesser stress for you.
Stress is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over your life and stop you from enjoying it. So do whatever it takes today to get a handle on your stress levels- watch a comedy film with your family, go out for a run or hire online bookkeeping services; it is after all your life and you get only one chance to live it.