3 Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress to Maintain a Healthy Life and Business

3 Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress to Maintain a Healthy Life and Business

It’s important to grow your business and make progress, but not at the expense of your health. It’s often the case that as a business grows, the person running the business starts to feel burned out. To avoid this, you need to reduce stress and manage your health as you go along.

Why You Need to Manage Your Health and Reduce Stress

What happens if your stress spirals out of control?

  • Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Disruptions in regular eating and sleeping
  • Impaired cognitive function and memory loss
  • Cardiovascular problems like high-blood pressure and heart disease
  • Compromised immune system
  • Stomach problems like acid reflux and ulcers
  • Chronic fatigue

All of this can happen if you’re not managing stress properly. Long-term physical effects can be particularly harmful and even life-threatening.

Identifying Stress and Stressors

The problem is that most of us don’t even realize when we’re getting stressed. Stress manifests itself in various symptoms and you have to learn to recognize these symptoms in yourself.

Your symptoms might include:

  • Loss of appetite or changes in eating habits
  • Trouble sleeping or feeling tired even when you get enough sleep
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Indulging more in alcohol, emotional eating, or other negative stress-combating strategies

 What are your stress symptoms? This may take some time to think over, but it’s worth the effort. Your body and behavior will tell you exactly when you’re having trouble and then you can be ready to deal with it.

How to Beat Work-Related Stress

Before you start considering methods to reduce stress, make an assessment of your overall health. Simply taking care of yourself and striking a good balance can automatically reduce stress.

Make sure you’re eating three times a day at regular times. Your diet should include plenty of variety, including fresh vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods. Don’t skip meals because you’re busy and consider snacking to get through long stretches of time between meals.

Get at least eight hours of sleep at night. If you’re not sleeping well, try to pinpoint what’s preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep and then take steps to fix it. For example, if light from outside is bothering you at night, try putting curtains on your windows. Sticking to a regular sleeping schedule will also improve your sleep quality.

Get at least some light exercise each day. This doesn’t have to be at a gym – consider a daily walk or some stretching and easy-to-do exercises like squats.

Develop Stress-Reducing Strategies

In addition to taking care of your overall health, you should develop some strategies for tackling stress when it occurs.

Any hobby that takes your mind off business and your daily stresses will work. Reading, watching movies, playing video games, watching funny videos on the Internet, and listening to music are all good examples of things you can do to reduce stress.

Choose some fun activities you can do with friends. Just talking to someone outside your work environment can help you get work off your mind. Plan some friends or family time.

There are specific activities that are especially good for maintaining a healthy balance. Things like yoga, meditation, and creative visualization have been proven to reduce stress. If you don’t do any of these right now, try one out and see how it feels.

Maintain to Reduce Stress and Your Health and Your Business Will Prosper

If you’re constantly stressed, your business won’t be able to flourish. In the long run, maintaining a balance will improve your health and your business will prosper along with you.

Goal Setting for the Enthusiastic Entrepreneur in Achieving Business Success

Goal Setting for the Enthusiastic Entrepreneur in Achieving Business Success

If there’s one thing we know about goal setting for entrepreneurs, they have to be SMART, right?

After all, that’s what we’ve been told for years. The only thing that matters is that your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

While that looks great on paper—and clearly it’s easy to remember—it doesn’t go far enough for those who want to achieve big things.

Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent international travel, and enough money to fund a mission trip (or three). Seems pretty clear that those safe, smart goals aren’t going to get you there.

In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back.

Consider what happens when you set an “attainable” goal of earning 10% more than you did last year. You might work 10% more. You might spend 10% more on ads or product creation. You might even reach out to 10% more potential clients.

And you’ll likely earn about 10% more.

“Not bad!” you say. After all, that was your goal.

But did that 10% inspire you to work harder? Or did it create a subconscious ceiling on your earning potential that you’re unable to break through?

Rather than focusing on goals that are attainable and realistic, savvy entrepreneurs know that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach—maybe even UN-attainable.

They don’t strive to earn 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more. They stretch themselves. They find new—and better—ways to do things, so they don’t have to work twice as hard, but they remain open to the possibility of doing so—at least in the short term—when it’s necessary.

Of course, you cannot simply declare crazy goals and expect the universe to hand them to you. And that’s exactly why putting aside those smart goals is so…smart. When you shun the attainable in favor of the “holy cow, how will I ever do THAT?” goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the stars.

Sure, you might not double your income, but you’re almost guaranteed to do better than a mere 10% increase. So push your boundaries. Set big, audacious goals. Even if you fail, you’ll be much further ahead than those smart goals would leave you.

How to Use Social Media for Business Without Getting Distracted

How to Use Social Media for Business Without Getting Distracted

Social media is wonderful, but it can also be dangerous. You log on to post an important piece of content and get led astray by a cute cat video. You’re there to check your engagement and you get caught up in a drawn out discussion. It’s time to see how much your followers have grown and you find yourself zoning out and scrolling down your feed for an hour.

You need to use social media for your business, but how do you do it without getting distracted? The key is to take control and focus.

7 Key Ways to Take Control and Stay Focused of Your Social Media….

Choose Your Platforms Well

First, carefully choose which platforms you’ll use. You don’t have to use them all and you may find that some are more distracting than others. Choose sites where:

  • Your audience is there and actively engaged
  • It’s a profitable use of your time

Cut out the sites that are more distracting than profitable.

Create Boundaries

Establish boundaries between personal and professional use of social media. Create separate accounts for your business and keep off personal accounts during your working time.

For example, you might have a personal Facebook account and a Page for your business. You can check this Page when you’re working, but avoid your personal account. You may use LinkedIn for professional networking but Twitter and Instagram to communicate with friends.

For Facebook consider logging into Business Manager where you can access your page directly and keeps you away from seeing your personal feed.

Log In With an Objective in Mind

Each time you get on social media, do it with a specific objective in mind. For example, when you get on Facebook, you’re logging in to check today’s post’s engagement or research your followers. While you’re there, don’t do anything outside of that objective. If you see a video you want to watch, save it for later.

Establish certain times of day when you’re allowed to log in and set time limits. You might set up a 15-minute check in the morning, for example. Set a timer and close the window when the timer goes off.

Prioritize Activities

Along with setting limits, establish priorities for social media. For example, you might have a 20-minute block of time designated for social media. During this time, you first need to post a piece of content you wrote. Next, check comments. Third, search for some specific information. Your lowest priority item might be to scroll down your feed. This way, you allow yourself some time to read content, but you make sure you get the important work done first.

Use a Second Monitor

A second monitor sends you messages without you actually logging in to the platform. You can sign up for email notifications that let you see what’s happening without getting sucked in. When you’re notified that there’s something important, then you can log in and check.

Use a Dashboard

Use a social media dashboard that allows you to organize and monitor activity across platforms. You can take in everything that’s going on at a glance, which saves you time.

Identify Distractions and Get Rid of Them

You can control social media. It just takes some conscious effort. Take a look at how you use these sites and see where you’re wasting time. Monitoring will show you what’s distracting you the worst, and you can then remove it.

9 Easy Hacks That Will Save You Time in Eliminating Overwhelm

9 Easy Hacks That Will Save You Time in Eliminating Overwhelm

How do you handle life when there’s a mountain of things to do each day and none of it ever seems to get done? There are plenty of methods for getting control over your life – cleaning up, organizing tools, to-do lists, time management – but here are a few simple things you can do to save time.

Save Time with These 9 Easy Hacks

Cut Down on Phone Calls

Do you need to pick up the phone so often? Limit your phone calls to only the times when it’s absolutely necessary. Do whatever you can through email and only use the phone when you really need to discuss with someone.

Keep Meetings and Discussions Short

For meetings, create a clear agenda with a time limit and stick to it. Keep small talk to a minimum. When having an informal discussion, keep a goal in mind and focus on achieving that goal. Once achieved, wrap up the conversation.

Limit Email Time

Daily emails can seem endless. Set a time limit for how long you’ll spend on email during certain times of the day. For example, 30 minutes for morning emails, 15 minutes after lunch, and so on. Instead of reading the first message first, start with the most important and respond in order of priority.

Avoid Social Media

Social media can be a serious time-waster. Stay off social media, turn off notifications, delete the app from your phone – whatever you need to do to remove the distraction. If you use social media to communicate, use only the chat function. For Facebook, you can download Messenger and leave the regular app off your phone. If you use it for business, set aside time and limit it just like with your emails.

Go Off the Grid

When you need to focus on a task without distraction, seal yourself up in your office and keep away the outside world. Let people know that you’re not to be bothered. This is also a good idea when you’re doing strategic planning or anything else that requires serious concentration.

Time Manage Your To-Do List

For each item on your daily to-do list, set a maximum time limit. This is the most time you can spare for the task. Set a timer as you begin each task. This prevents one item from taking too long and pushing others off your list.

Run a Time Audit

A great way to start managing your time more efficiently is to conduct a time audit. This involves keeping a log of everything you do and how long it takes. You can do this for a few days or even a few weeks to see exactly how you’re spending your time. It’ll then be clear to you what you need to cut out.

Take Care of Yourself

Take care of yourself mentally and physically at work and during personal time. Get plenty of sleep, eat well, manage stress, and stick to regular routines. If you maintain your health in this way, you’ll stay more focused and work more efficiently.

Take Breaks

Take many small breaks throughout the day to keep your focus. During these breaks, you may want to engage in some activity that’s just fun and relaxing.

Always look for parts of your day that you can trim, and you’ll find yourself working smarter with less stress and more time.

Now is the time to save time in your day to eliminate the overwhelmed feeling!

BTW if you have a hack that you use, feel free to let me know below!  Would love to hear what others are using to help eliminate overwhelm!

How to Set Boundaries with Clients and Customers

How to Set Boundaries with Clients and Customers

It’s important to have a good relationship with your customers and clients. You want to be friendly and personal and make them feel like you truly care about their success. But in order to have a healthy relationship, you need to put certain boundaries in place. Consistent boundaries are essential for building a trusting partnership.

8 Tips on How to Set Boundaries with Clients!

Hours of Operation

Decide when you’ll be available to your customers. Modern technology allows us to be at our customers’ beck and call around the clock. But there’s a reason why companies establish set hours of business. Choose your “hours of operation” and make them known. When choosing these times, keep in mind the needs of your clients and customers. You may want to choose later or earlier hours to accommodate.

Means of Communication

Decide how you will communicate with customers. Email and social media are both appropriate for business communications. You might want to be careful about texting or chatting apps. These can sometimes feel too personal and invasive. Ask yourself whether you want clients contacting you there. If you don’t habitually use these for business, there’s also the risk that messages might get lost.

Make Allowances for Urgent Issues

There may be some cases where you can bend the boundaries you’ve set. For example, you might tell clients they can reach you for urgent issues over the phone. You may check your business emails once on each weekend day. In order for this to work effectively, establish guidelines about what’s urgent and what isn’t.

Define Your Services

Although you’d like to be there for anything your customers and clients need, you should define exactly what services you can and can’t offer. If they want you to do something outside your defined services, decide whether you’ll do it for an additional charge.

Keep Your Distance

Some people don’t understand or respect boundaries, and there’s a good chance some of your customers will fall into this group. Identify these people early on and put strategies in place for dealing with them. Above all, be clear and honest with them about what is possible. Some strategies include:

  • Divert conversations away from too-personal topics
  • Make it clear exactly how long you can spend with them (“I’m sorry, I have to go now. I have a meeting in a few minutes”)
  • Acknowledge that you’ve heard what they said; don’t ignore it (“I can hear it’s very frustrating for you.”)
  • Propose something positive where possible (“I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do to help with this but what I can do is…..”)

Learn How to Say “No”

We instinctively don’t like to say “no.” We all want to be helpful and don’t want to offend someone by rejecting their request. But it’s sometimes necessary to firmly decline, and you should have techniques in place for doing that. You can:

  • Suggest someone else who can help when you’re busy
  • Arrange another time when you can do what the person is requesting
  • Say “no” clearly and explain why

Building Trust

Remember that it’s not an issue of being “nice” or not. Boundaries are the foundations of healthy relationships, so you’re defining the terms of your relationship. This helps to build trust and mutual respect.

Ready to set boundaries with clients?  Utilizing a few or all of the tips help with having a great relationship with your clients or customers!

Would love to hear from you – below in the comments let me know if you are using any of the above or maybe one or two that are working for you that I didn’t mention here!