Managing Stress as a Small Business Owner: Focus on the Positives

November 19, 2021

Confession time: part of the reason I decided to start my own business is that I thought working for myself would be less stressful. The reality, I have discovered, is that owning my own business comes with a whole different set of stressors. And let’s face it, the last year and a half has not helped. None of us were prepared for the additional level of stress brought on by the pandemic and now the Great Resignation. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to look at some ways that we as small business owners can manage some of our stress. 

It’s so easy to get bogged down in thinking about everything that is going wrong and all that needs to be done. Some days it feels like nothing goes according to plan. But experts say one of the best ways to manage stress is to focus on what is going right. Easier said than done, but even a little bit of looking back on our accomplishments can give us a push in the right direction.

As humans, we are hardwired to look for the negative. Seems like hundreds of years of evolution hasn’t gotten us to where we aren’t always on the lookout for threats. So how do we shake this?

Try to take some time every day, or even just once a week, to focus on what you have done well. Celebrate any milestones. Did you land a new client? Crush a deadline? Heck, did you simply manage to stay on top of your daily to do list? Make yourself a visual reminder of your accomplishments, like a list or just a short note, and put it where you can see it. 

Focusing on what you have done well gives you momentum to keep going. It puts you in a positive head space that makes moving forward easier. Also if you repeatedly force yourself to look for the positives, it will become a habit that creates even more positive momentum, and that’s the kind of snowball I can get behind.

Let’s celebrate our accomplishments together, even the small ones! Head over to my Facebook or Instagram and tell me what you’ve accomplished today.

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