Social media is flooded with images and videos of people living this ideal “entrepreneurial” lifestyle. I know I can be guilty of it too (sorry about that!) But real life gets messy. Some days are just plain stressful. I love my life. I love what I do. But some days I need creative ways to deal. So, here are 10 ways I handle those especially stressful moments as a business owner.
Clandestine coffee (… or tea)
There’s something about sneaking away when I should be working on a project and drinking a soothing beverage that makes me feel both calm and exhilarated. Sometimes that 15 minutes or so away from the computer is just what I need to energize myself to complete the task at hand.
Yes. I am that person. I absolutely turn on my favorite song and dance my heart out. You should try it! It gets the blood flowing, it makes you smile, and most importantly, it makes life feel like a celebration.
FaceTime my sister
Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my sister. There have been days I’ve called her about 25 times. Just having a listening ear makes all the difference in the world. Plus, she’s an amazing person to bounce ideas off of! She always steers me in the right direction.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I live in the country and have three of the cutest barn cats ever. I’ve had some particularly rough days where I went outside and played with/snuggled the cats for about an hour before coming back to work. Fresh air, sunshine, sweet animals, it’s a great way to hit the “reset” button for the day.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have to remind myself why I started my businesses in the first place. I get out my dream journal and read over my goals, dreams, and hopes for the future. It’s a great motivator to get back to work and make things happen.
On days when I really need to clear my mind, it’s time to practice some yoga. Letting go of worry and focusing on the movement can be very therapeutic.
There are so many great small buisness podcasts out there! Sometimes I turn on a few while I’m working. There’s something to the “I’ve been there!” factor. Being a small business owner can be very isolating at times. Hearing stories from other people who have been their too can really help.
Flirting with my husband
In addition to his business, my husband also works a day job. And you know what? I totally flirt with him via text. He makes everything feel lighter!
I know this sounds like an especially weird one. But for me, doing a simple chore that forces me to think of our life outside of our businesses helps me re-center. Plus, I really like food…
I guess this could be filed under the “vice” category, but I’m okay with that. Dark chocolate makes me feel good on my insides… so occasionally I take a few minutes, step away from the computer, and indulge.
While I don’t necessarily recommend flipping on Netflix while you’re working, some days a few episodes of “The Office” is what gets me through a project. A little laughter goes a long way to making work feel more exciting than it really is.
So, there you go. Ten ways I deal with entrepreneurial stress. Most, if not all of them, may seem absolutely absurd to you, and that’s okay! I hope it got your creativity going for you to find fun ways to beat your small business stress.