Five ways to stay on top of work related stress

Starting a new business is hard work, you put it in all the hours, and yet the workload never ends

Here at Growth Street we work with many small businesses who are growing, and we know that these feelings of stress are an inevitable part of running a business. So find below our tips to guide you along the way, and help keep you clear headed and healthy.

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Rest properly!

Sleep!!! The recommended amount is eight hours, but you know best. Aiming to be in bed at the same time each night will help your body adjust to a routine, and making sure your phone is on do not disturb mode will allow you to rest without any distractions. Except for emergencies, most things can wait until the morning. Once a week, take the alarm clock off and wake up naturally so that you can catch up on any sleep you may have missed during the week, you deserve it. 

Know when to say no

You may not realise that you are agreeing to do a number of things over the course of a day, but everything adds up. It is vital to understand that you may not be able to do everything everyone asks of you, and that’s okay. Your main priorities are your wellbeing for the business and for yourself. If you always say yes out of habit because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, giving realistic timeframes could help them understand that you do not have the time and let them know that it may not be a priority right now. 

Manage your finances with a cloud accounting software

If you manage your company’s finances yourself (you may be a trained accountant as well as the business owner,) this can add unwanted and un-needed stress to your life.  While having up to date accounts is invaluable when seeking to make the best decisions for your business, it can also be very time consuming. One way around this is to use cloud accounting software such as Xero or Quickbooks. Cloud software allows you to maintain a clear overview of your current financial position, in real-time, even while working remotely, or on the go. 

Know when to stop

Everyone has to finish their day at some point and start to rest. This may be hard with the workload given, but taking time to stop and relax is essential, so that your brain and body are working at 100% the next day.

Ask for help

Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who can and will help. If you are a proud person this may be hard, but remember that knowing when to ask for help and delegate is a sign of a leader. The situation is different for everyone, but it is vital to recognise when it is right to ask for help.

Stress does not always have to be a negative thing, as it can help to motivate you. Although realising when it starts to become a problem is important. There are many ways you can help yourself and these tips should get you started in the right direction. 

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