Learning to manage your work and life stressors
It’s as old as time – stress, and the havoc it wreaks on the body and in one’s life. Whether it’s the stress of running a business, taking care of loved ones or working for someone else, stress breaks us down and impedes our ability to be productive and fully engaged in life. But there’s a lot we can do to stop stress in its tracks and turn worry and tension into triumph.
Where stress starts
Think about your most recent experience of stress – maybe it was hearing some unexpected news, sitting down to pay bills or realizing you missed a deadline. Acting on impulse and perceiving danger, your brain cued your body to release the hormones cortisol and adrenaline, resulting in a higher heart rate, muscle tension and quickened breathing.
In the instances where there is indeed a physical threat, this impulse serves us well. But when our perception of stress triggers an exaggerated response of our body’s fight or flight reaction it can negatively impact our emotional and physical health, and our ability to be our best. The key lies in identifying what situations we can manage proactively to find a healthy balance.
Identifying work and life stressors
In the US, 66% of workers feel they do not have work-life balance1 and small business owners report that managing their business is more than 4 times more stressful than raising children2. And yet, there’s no real way to get around some business stress – it’s part of being human.
SMB owners face BIG small business challenges: budgeting, productivity/sales, inventory, equipment and operations, and employee issues. Environmental issues are a concern, hitting many businesses bottom lines (read our April issue on ways to improve sustainability at work) and security threats remain a rising hurdle. Differentiating one’s business from the crowd is also an on-going stressor since marketing now is a 24/7 undertaking.
But with just a few small business stress management tips, issues can be diffused and reimagined, opening up opportunities for a better way of doing things: