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How to Deal with Business Related Anxiety (And Find Work Life Balance)

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As a small business owner, you know how stressful and anxiety-inducing your work can be. Heavy workloads and deadlines are common, so how do you find time for work-life balance with your other commitments?

When are you supposed to find time to manage your relationships or spend time with your family? Sometimes it seems impossible!

It’s no wonder that so many small business owners feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious at work. If you’re stressed out, then keep reading for some practical tips to get you back to a balanced state of mind (both at work and at home!).

Set Manageable Goals

Okay, let’s start by looking at the time you spend at work and how to reduce anxiety when you’re actually on the clock. When you’re at work, it can be tempting to write a huge list with everything that we need to do, and then get overwhelmed and guilty when we don’t manage to finish it. Instead, set clear, manageable goals that you can actually achieve. Not only will this reduce anxiety, but you’ll go home feeling a sense of achievement.

This also allows you to be much more efficient with your time and help manage any procrastination. If you are really clear on your tasks, goals and deadlines, you’ll be much more likely to tackle them. This is especially useful as a business owner, when your time is a critical and important asset that needs proper protecting and managing!

Take a Break

Never underestimate the power and importance of taking breaks. Make sure that you take small breaks, regularly, and the occasional longer break, to make sure you’re not getting stressed out at work. Physically taking a walk or plugging into some relaxing music can also be really helpful. A change of scenery, or five minutes in meditation, can make all of the difference in how you feel during your workday.

Give yourself permission to breathe and take a break, and you’ll feel so much better (the trick is not to feel guilty about the break!).

Delegate or Outsource

Running your own business is stressful! It can be a challenge to get everything done, which is why there’s nothing wrong with delegating a few tasks, especially if they are not your speciality. For example, outsourcing your bookkeeping and financial services can be a weight off your mind (especially if you’re not the best at that area of your business). It also allows you to focus on the parts of your business that you thrive in!

Unplug and Recharge

When you get home, it’s important to recognise the need for time to recharge and breathe. Make sure you unplug from technology occasionally, and spend time recharging your batteries. Consider non-technological methods for resting, such as reading a book, or taking an extra-long shower.

If you have responsibilities at home (who doesn’t?), then make sure you remember to delegate a few tasks, and get support if necessary.

This might mean hiring help or chatting to friends. Whatever works for you! But make sure that you use your time at home wisely, and don’t become even more exhausted.

Move your Body

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s important! Make sure you take the time to move your body, and exercise in a way that makes you feel good. That might mean taking a walk around the block at lunchtime, or a yoga class in the evenings. Whatever it looks like to you, make sure that you schedule in time to get your body moving. It reduces stress levels, improves your quality of life, as well as your health.

How do you maintain a work-life balance? Do you have any tips for reducing work anxiety and feeling good?

Finding work life balance is something that needs to be done ~ for your sake!

We understand running a business, making it work well, and still enjoying it, and your life outside of the business, is something that takes deliberate effort.

We understand running a business, making it work well, and still enjoying it, and your life outside of the business, is something that takes deliberate effort.

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