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Take a Break

Recent events have placed a lot of strain on small business owners. Not only have many businesses had to modify hours, and adjust the way they interact with customers, still others have been closed altogether. It is difficult enough to navigate the small business landscape without adding a global pandemic to the mix.

Most businesses can return to work and begin the process necessary to regain their market and rebuild their cash flow. But the stress still exists. There are several proven methods to help reduce stress, a few of them are outlined below.

While not only good for your physical health, the act of exercising releases endorphins which relieve stress. Exercising is also when some people get their best ideas.

Shutdown for awhile
I know this is a counter-intuitive way of dealing with being closed or having to deal with reduced hours. But closing the doors, avoiding phone calls, and emails for 1/2 an hour a day will not destroy your business. It may be just what you need to retain your sanity.

Mediate before, after, or during work
(for some, during work may not be an option)
Take 10 minutes and let the phone roll to voicemail, don't check email, only respond if a customer needs you. Just relax, clear your mind, and take some me-time. Many people find it helpful to focus on what they are grateful for (as mentioned in our January newsletter) . Think about the people, places, and things you are grateful for and why.

Add fun things to do on your to-do list
It elevates a round of golf, getting drinks with friends, or hanging out with your children to the same level as updating expenses, or doing inventory. This improves the balance between work and play, which many experts cite as a key to reducing stress.

Spend more time with family
It is difficult to be stressed while playing with a toddler or enjoying a movie with loved ones.

Find something to make you laugh
Enjoying a funny movie, video, website, or stand up comedian can make you laugh. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter can relieve your stress response and soothe tension, as well as stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation. Laughter can also improve your immune system and relieve pain

Get a good night's sleep
Many believe the best day starts the night before. Get to sleep at a decent time and your entire next day may be better. Problems are compounded when you are tired, so sleep more and reduce your stress.

The next time stress seems to be winning, take a break, and try one of these tips. You deserve it.

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