Stress isn’t good for you. The occasionally bout of panic may spur you to complete a project on time, but being under stress during your entire working week is definitely not a good thing.
If you work a normal job you know that you’re going to get a lunch break and perhaps two short breaks during the day. There’s a reason for this and it’s not only so you’ll have time to eat. Taking a break gets you away from what you’re doing and gives your brain a little R&R. One or two days off a week also helps your body and mind recuperate
If you work from home, things can be a lot different. We may grab a cup of coffee, ignore lunch or eat something on the run and none of this is good for us in the long run.
Stress management is very important, whether you’re snowed under with work or you’re worried because you haven’t got enough work. Stepping away from a problem is often the best course of action. If you’re writing and don’t know what to say, take the dog for a walk. Pull some weeds up in the backyard or take a short power nap. Call a friend. It’s amazing what the brain can do when given the chance.
It’s important to plan your every working day. It doesn’t matter what you do, you should be able to figure out how long a task is going to take you. If you think it’s going to take an hour, schedule it for an hour and 15 minutes, you’ll have leeway if it takes longer or 15 minutes to relax and go over what you’ve done.
If your business involves going out and meeting people, always arrive on time and looking relaxed. Give yourself enough time to get changed, get to the appointments and relax a little beforehand, even if it’s in the car. Turning up late and stressed out – and it will be apparent by your demeanor – will not impress anybody.
Over time stress can be a killer. Being constantly under stress seven days a week will also make you less efficient. You’ll find that you won’t be able to sleep which will make things worse. Eventually you will fall ill, get behind with your work and be under more stress! Don’t let it happen to you.
Never work seven days a week. If you don’t work on Saturdays, tell people, they will understand and find it quite acceptable.
Trying to build a business is stressful, there’s no doubt about it. Make sure you eat healthy snacks and lunch, even if you take business related materials to read while you eat.
I’ve met many successful people who went through a period of great stress when they were starting out. The majority of them now exercise in the morning before beginning work and they all tell me how much it helps. Some practice yoga, it’s very helpful when you can do breathing exercises when you feel stressed. You will learn to relax your mind and body simply by taking a few minutes to breathe deeply and focus on something else. It’s very effective.
If you’re inundated with work, it may be time to think about either outsourcing aspects of your business or simply saying No to new work.
Stress can put strain on your heart, lead to disturbed sleep, make you look haggard and often leads to headaches and other aches and pains. If this is you, it’s time to start planning a sensible workday that includes regular breaks and laying off the caffeine and unhealthy food.
If you know exactly how your day is going to go by planning everything, it will relieve a lot of stress. It’s amazing how less jumbled your mind feels when you know exactly what you have to do.
So plan your week ahead of time and don’t forget to plan things to do with your partner or family. One reason many people work from home is so they can spend more time relaxing and enjoying themselves with their loved ones. You’ll find your mind can resolve many problems while you’re not even thinking about them.