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15 Nov 2018
How You Can Reduce Stress in Your Business
Stress is something that can affect everyone in a business at all levels. It can have a major effect on a person’s health and performance. With that in mind, it’s a great idea to think about how you can reduce stress in your business.
Stress is complicated. It can actually be a good thing. It’s an evolutionary response helping us to push ourselves in times of danger. But, it’s only supposed to be experienced for a few minutes.
For example, as long as it would take to escape from this tiger!
The problems come when stress is experienced over a sustained period of time.
It’s estimated that stress costs UK businesses more than 105 million working days and around £1.24 billion. What do you think your share is of those numbers is?
With about 5.7 million businesses in the UK, stress probably costs your business at least 18 days and a little over £217 a year.
That might not seem like much, but it’s needless. So, how can you reduce stress in your business?
Here are ten ways you can reduce stress in your business
Try to get everywhere on time or a few minutes early.
Rushing to get somewhere or arriving late will always stress you out. You’ll feel like you’re playing catch up for the rest of the day. A calm start to the day or your various appointments makes it much easier to have a calm day.
Don’t rush into things.
Take your time to settle in. Greet people and make a bit of small talk. This relaxed start will help set the tone for your day. And once you sit down to work take three deep breaths before you do anything.
Look at yourself first.
I know this is difficult to hear but directly or indirectly the business owner will often be the primary cause of stress in a business. This could be a bigger issue, but it could be as simple as getting involved when you don’t need to be.
Listen to criticism.
This one is tricky, but can reduce stress in your business by a huge amount. It’s natural to take criticism personally, but that isn’t productive. When someone offers criticism, they’re often trying to help. Stay calm and think about what they’re saying before you react.
Eat well and exercise.
This can help reduce stress but during the working day it can be difficult. So choose healthy options for both lunch and snacks and take time to move around. You could even offer to make the tea or try stretches from your chair itself. We hold a lot of tension in our bodies, and moving about will help to release it.
Use a ‘To Do’ list properly.
It can be tempting to do the quick wins first, but leave them until later. Do the hard, important things first. Doing this can reduce the stress in your business and give you a sense of accomplishment that will propel you through the rest of your day.
This doesn’t mean blindly, pushing forward. True confidence comes from knowing who you are, accepting your failings, and being comfortable with yourself. We all have limitations and weaknesses; be aware of yours and get the right people supporting you. By trying to tackle everything yourself, you’ll increase your stress and probably decrease your profits.
Use your time well.
This is related to the last point. Do the right things at the right time. There are certain things that can be invisible time sinks, like answering the phone. These things usually aren’t worth your time and can take hours out of your day. Your day will be stressful as you watch the hours slip away, then you’re night will be stressful worrying about all the things you didn’t get done.
Don’t try to be perfect.
The only person expecting perfection is you. Everyone else just wants things done on time and in budget. And let’s face it, sometimes the timescale and budget aren’t designed for perfection. So long as you meet the remit, don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect.
Expect the unexpected.
This isn’t meant to be pessimistic. You don’t have to always be prepared for every possibility. This is about expecting to overcome challenges. Do whatever you need to do to feel like you can do this. This will go a huge way to reduce the stress in your business.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to reduce stress in your business.
One or two very simple changes could reduce stress in your business by a huge amount. Most of the ways you can reduce stress require very little investment, but they can do wonders for your business. Let us know in the comments what would you be willing to do to add at least 18 working days (and the profits that come with them) to your business?
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