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Managing Work Related Stress
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Managing work-related stress

There are many pressures faced by a business owner and they run the risk daily of becoming over stretched and pressurised which leads to high levels of stress and illness. All of which results in damage to health and the business.

In order to combat work-related stress here are a few hints and tips:

Health & Wellbeing

It is easy to overdo things as a business owner however it is important to look after your health and wellbeing. Allocate sufficient time for exercise, plan your diet and eat healthily, surround yourself with family and friends as often as possible to ensure you keep good mental health.

During a working day it can be very easy to get dragged into all sort of activities and before you know it the whole day has passed and all you have achieved is to raise your stress levels. It can be very beneficial to schedule some time for exercise whether it is before you reach the office, over lunch time or towards the end of the day. It could be a brisk walk, cycle, trip to the gym, run or a combination of them all.

Just 20 minutes of exercise could make all the difference, that and eating a healthy balanced lunch can decrease stress, sharpen the mind and focus you for work.

Another recommendation is to meet up with friends and family. When surrounded by good people, stress levels are lowered and the mind is again heightened. Scheduling time away from work allows you to become far more focussed and efficient when in work.

It can’t always be work, work, work

As business owners we all are driven to be successful and profitable. However, it is a well-known fact that if the sole focus is on the business then lifestyle, stress and mental health can be seriously affected.

As well as making time for family, a business owner also needs time for themselves. It could be taking up a sport such as golf. With a commitment of 1 game per week you get you 4 to 5 hours a week away from everything, the perfect opportunity to reset.  You get the benefit of improving both mental and physical health.

Build a good network

At times a business owner can feel very isolated, all the pressure is on their shoulders and trying to discuss the business with friends and family can be difficult. It is important to seek out other like-minded business professionals who can be used as sounding boards. Having both social and emotional support from people who are in the same position and know the issues being faced can be extremely beneficial.

Even if you don’t have this at the moment, there are a lot of excellent networking groups that can be explored. Remember networking is not always about generating new business, it is also perfect for building a team of trusted professionals.

In conclusion if you look after your work-related success there are broad health and business benefits.

If you have any questions or need some help with any aspect of business finance or accountancy our team would be happy to help. Please call us on 01173 700 079 or e-mail hello@steppingstonesaccountancy.co.uk. You can also book a free 30-minute call with Yarka – https://calendly.com/yarka-ssa/20min

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