Running your own business is a dream of so many people when they are growing up, but for the ones that dive to turn that dream into a reality, how do we keep a close eye on our Mental Wellbeing while running a business? Is it something that demands we dramatically alter the way in which we live our lives, or more so a series of smaller adjustments that we can slot into our schedules? This is what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog!
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Exploring different ways to help maintain our Mental Health & wellbeing is a key part of adapting to modern life. Our Mental health plays an enormous role in who we are as people, and is something affects each and every one of us. Today’s blog, which is a guest blog written by Cooper Galloway, is going to take a look at how you can look after your Mental Health whilst running a business.
So without further ado, here is cooper Galloway with “How to run a business whilst looking after your Mental Health”:
There are several very real issues that affect sole trading employees and business owners, particularly when they’re under pressure with deadlines, dealing with irregular customers, technical issues with your seo or meta title generator, intense unexpected traffic, sneaky tactic competitors and so on.
Running your own business is unique and when you do things differently it can be very rewarding. One of the benefits is that you are your own boss.
However, the hardest part of running a business is scheduling time both physically and mentally. How you respond to such life events will inevitably determine your success in this area.
Emotional issues can run much deeper than what we can see and so unless you actively challenge and manage your emotions, your business will likely suffer also!
One simple way you can take charge of your own emotions is to write in a journal. Write about what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling about what you’re thinking.
As you come up with ideas, photos, quotes, videos or books to inspire you can enter them into a journal as you would a recipe for baking a cake. The simple act of writing your thoughts has a powerful impact on you not just physically, it will strengthen your immunity to shocks such as unexpected pay rises or unexpected traffic jams.
It’s not just about using your mind – over 40% of the effects of stress are mental – you can take years of quiet meditation and still be stressed!
Other important things to consider whilst trying to keep your mental health in check include:
Drinking plenty of water – you’d be surprised how much dehydration happens because we don’t drink enough during a working day. It’s essential that your body is always hydrated, by drinking copious amounts of water you will ensure your body’s optimum performance.
Getting enough sleep – you should get around eight hours of sleep any night at which you’re awake. Make a conscious effort to ensure you go to bed at the same time each night. Try to eliminate the need to take a nap during the day.
Develop good relationships with those in your life. While it’s impossible to be everyone’s friend, you should cultivate relationships with those whose opinions you respect.
You can do exercises such as yoga and tai chi. They will help you relax and have effective cardiovascular effects. Quitting smoking is perhaps the most important step you can take to reduce stress, it may seem hard at first, but the sooner you give it up the easier it will become.
When you’re feeling stressful, count to ten before you say anything else. Reducing stress is much easier if you’re focusing on one specific thing at a time. Avoid generalising your worries, but staying within the general area can be useful. Consider writing in a journal about specific things that often come up to you.
It’s important to talk things out and seek professional help if you’re physically ill or if you feel emotionally unstable. You owe it to yourself and to your family.
It’s helpful to avoid addictive substances when possible. Even something as simple as a 20 minute walk can do much to reduce your stress levels. Dealing with addictions is like a vicious circle, each escape from it furthers the need and desire to take more.
Author: Cooper Galloway
Prior to becoming an professional article writer for Technical Writers, Cooper took the opportunity to explore the digital world with a range of academic and training courses. His first hand experience within the tech industry, in addition to his degree in English Literature, cemented his career in creating content regarding all things digital marketing and technology.
Thank you all for reading today’s blog! What do you think? What do you do to help manage your Mental health in your day to day life? What does Mental Health mean to you? Do you use things such as yoga or tai chi to help destress your mind? What helps you relax? Be sure to let us know, either down below, or through our Facebook page!
Before I finish today’s blog, I just want to say a massive thank you to Cooper, for doing such a great job! If you enjoyed today’s blog, be sure to check out some of Cooper’s other work!
Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!