- Lean on your support system.
It is very healthy and necessary for business owners to build a support system. Support systems provide an individual with practical and emotional support. Make sure you are proactive in meeting other small business owners by networking and attending industry groups. Remember that your support system is also your family and friends.
- Be in the moment.
In a world full of distractions being present is a real challenge. This practice is called mindfulness, and it is about being focused on what you are currently doing, the weather, the sound, and not thinking about the past or the future. Mindfulness can bring a lot of benefits, such as: relieve stress, improve sleep and reduce chronic pain.
Mindfulness and meditation work hand-in-hand. While mindfulness can be practiced anywhere at any time, meditation needs more commitment, so find a place where you can be silent for at least 10 minutes. If your thoughts keep on coming, write a to-do list before meditating.
- Let go of what you can’t control.
Anxiety can lead you to think that everything is your responsibility, especially in your business. The truth is that being responsible for everything is unsustainable. Set your priorities and live by them. Be realistic about what you can change and let go of whatever is not in your hands.
- Take time to recognize what is going well.
Recognizing your wins is a big part of keeping yourself motivated. Remind yourself what winning feels like, and be grateful. Gratitude is essential. Studies have shown that it can help you sleep better, reduce stress, and reduce anxiety. Being grateful is one of the best ways small business owners can ease anxiety
Take time to understand all the things that you do. Then, identify the ones you don’t enjoy as much or that you think somebody else could do better. Then, consider what you should be doing but never have the time. Next, consider which of these tasks can you delegate or outsource.
- Unplog regularly.
Given that we use our phones for everything nowadays, it is very healthy to disconnect once in a while. Unplugging yourself from all the technology and distractions helps you practice mindfulness, gives you time with your family and time for yourself.