Dealing with stress & anxiety

What do I do when it all becomes a bit too much?

Stress and anxiety can really have an impact on your day to day life. It can also affect your business.

I’m not afraid to admit that I do suffer from stress and anxiety. Especially when everything just goes wrong at the same time. It genuinely makes you want to give up and crawl into bed. It can make you not want to open that important email and sometimes it can prevent you from answering the phone – not great when you need to crack on with some work! As a small business owner, you’ll understand that it’s not like you can just have a sick day to recharge your batteries. I’m going through a good amount of stress at the moment and I thought why not tell you about how I deal with stress and anxiety.

Take a deep breath

This sounds so simple but is so effective. By just taking a deep breath, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth it just gives your mind a moment to settle. This really does help.

Take a moment for yourself

I have started using the app Headspace to do some basic meditation and just zone everything out. You might be thinking that you are far too busy to stop for 5 minutes but honestly, this will keep you down and help put a perspective on the fact that the world will not end if you send that email 5 minutes later than planned. Another way to have some simple time to yourself would be to put the kettle on, take the dog for a walk. Anything that doesn’t involve work.

Avoid Social Media

We all know this doesn’t help yet we all seem to be drawn to it. You always see these perfect images of people with great lives and that they’re successfully living the ‘hustle’ lifestyle. It’s really not good for you and we all know deep down it’s fake, but it’s human nature to take it all in.

Plus, we’ve all been in the situation where you want to just have a quick look and before you know it 4 hours have passed and you’re watching cat videos on YouTube. Just put the kettle on instead.

Talk to someone

Whether this be a loved one or even if you go to counselling it’s always great to let off some steam. Keeping your thoughts in your head is never a good idea, especially if they’re getting you down. You never know getting them out in the open might make you realise they’re not as troublesome as you think.

The 5 Second Rule

When I first read about this concept from Mel Robbins I thought it was going to be a load of hot air but it actually does work!  All you have to do when you are confronted by a situation that makes you freeze simply count down from 5 and react to the situation within those 5 seconds. You’ll be surprised how you just do it.

Genuinely by following this simple rule, I have made new contacts, do things I would never normally do and even starting Cookie. I’m not sponsored to say any of this it genuinely has had a great impact on no personal and professional life.

Thank you for taking your time to read this post, I hope it was useful for you and that some of these points can help you deal with the day to day stresses of running a business. If you have any useful tips that really help you deal with stress and anxiety let us know in the comments below!

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