Dealing with Stress in Home Business

5 Tips to Managing Stress

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Running a home business offers freedom and flexibility, but also it’s fraught with frustration and anxiety that can lead to stress. More and more we’re hearing about the negative impact of stress on your physical and mental health. Stress can suck the joy out of your home business and make it difficult to think creatively and problem solve, so learning to deal with it is crucial to your home business success.

Here are tips to reducing and managing stress.

1. Figure out what stress is telling you.

Stress occurs because something is going on. It’s like how your hand hurts if you pinch it. That pain is telling you something is wrong. Stress is the same, although it’s not always easy to find the source of stress. Determining the cause of stress requires that you pay attention to what’s going on when stress symptoms occur, such as headache, anxiety, stomachaches, etc. Whatever you’re doing or thinking about at that time, is a likely culprit of your stress.

2. Avoid or minimize stressors.

Stress isn’t always avoidable, but whenever possible, make changes that can help you eliminate or reduce stress. I once had a job that made me physically sick every day. Although I couldn’t quit the job right away, I took action to leave that job and now I’m rarely sick because of stress. Are mornings stressful? Create a new morning plan that gives you the time and peace.

Are clients making unreasonable demands in your home business? Find new clients and then terminate your contract with your difficult clients. Are you worried your bank account is low? Review and revise your business plan and find ways to increase cash flow.

3. Learn anti-stress techniques.

One problem with stress is that it can hinder creativity and productivity.

The best way to deal with stress is to calm it. There are many ways to relieve stress, including deep breathing or meditation, going for a walk, listening to music and more. The trick is to recognize stress (#1) and then find a tactic that works for you to reduce stress. If you’re stuck, look for others who manage stress well and learn what they do.

4. Stay away from stressful people.

I have a friend who just started a new job (about his 5th) and is already looking for another one. He’s one of those people who always sees the glass as half-full. Nothing comes out of his mouth that doesn’t have a negative tinge to it and as a result he creates his own stress, but also, he is stressful to be around. Stress, like negativity can be contagious. You find yourself getting tense or negative around certain people, look for ways to avoid spending too much time with them.

5. Take care of yourself.

Stress is made worse if your body and mind are compromised. A poor diet, lack of sleep and little to no exercise can exacerbate stress.

Taking care of your body through good nutrition, quality sleep and regular exercise not only reduces stress, but also it’ll boost mood and energy. Often good health is sacrificed because of time constraints. But you’ll make better use of your time and feel better if you make time to take care of yourself. Eating well isn’t any harder than eating poorly. There are healthy quick food options. Finding 30 minutes to walk or do yoga isn’t impossible. You can even walk 10 minutes 3 times a day, such as at lunch time, after work and after dinner. Finally, if you’re having trouble sleeping, consult your doctor. Some ideas including turning off all screens 30 minutes before going to bed and practicing relaxation techniques.

 

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