Six Tips to Dealing with COVID Stress
As a small business owner, it probably feels a little overwhelming dealing with the stress coming at you as a result of the pandemic. Here are six tips you can follow to take care of yourself and stay healthy during these uncertain times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for small business owners, both in their professional and personal lives. It has affected mental health, emotional health, physical health and more. Starting and/or running a business is stressful during the best of times, so a global pandemic which has possibly shut down your business for weeks or months, and is forcing you to make major changes to the way you operate, brings with it a whole new level of stress. As a small business owner, you worry about your ability to stay in business, as well as your responsibilities to your employees and customers. These are just a few examples of the new normal you are currently dealing with.
In order for you to handle the stress and be in a good, healthy position to help everyone else, you first must take care of yourself. Here are six tips that I use to help stay healthy and safe during this pandemic:
Stress-less Tip No. 1: Eat Healthy and Take Care of You
Eating right is important to help you feel energetic, productive and positive. Get some exercise. Avoid sugar, fast food and junk food as much as possible. This will help you to stay focused, help you to deal with stress, help you to sleep better and help you to make better business decisions.
Stress-less Tip No. 2: Eliminate Alcohol
Avoiding alcohol has been proven to help eliminate and manage stress. You will feel better and perform better.
Stress-less Tip No. 3: Have a Support System
Small business owners need to have a strong support system outside of work. While you may not be able to connect with others in person, use video chats, Zoom type meetings, calls and other methods of communication to stay in touch. Develop a sounding board or network of other professionals.
Stress-less Tip No. 4: Carve Out Time for Yourself
As a small business owner, you need “me” time. Find something you like to do that can help you unwind. Play a socially distancing sport, take a walk or jog, watch a movie, cook, garden, read a book. It doesn’t matter what you do, just find something outside of the work environment that you enjoy. This should not be viewed as a luxury, but as an essential part of keeping you healthy and productive.
Stress-less Tip No. 5: Learn to Prioritize
Setting goals and prioritizing them is important. Make a list of everything you need to accomplish and then review it with a critical eye. Take any deadlines into account and develop a plan based on priority needs. If you have large projects, try to break them down into more manageable tasks.
Stress-less Tip No. 6: Get Professional Help if You Need it
If you are struggling or having serious issues, consider seeking help from a licensed medical professional. You need to confide in someone. Seeing a therapist can make a huge difference in your ability to handle the stress and navigate thru this pandemic. While it may be a little more difficult with social distancing, it is not impossible and can be very helpful.
While not every one of these strategies will be helpful for everyone, doing any of these things—even for a relatively short period of time—is better than doing nothing at all.
President, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Speaker, Trainer, Corporate Security ExpertTimothy A. Dimoff, CPP, president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., is a speaker, trainer and author and a leading authority in high-risk workplace and human resource security and crime issues. He is a Certified Protection Professional; a certified legal expert in corporate security procedures and training; a member of the Ohio and International Narcotic Associations; the Ohio and National Societies for Human Resource Managers; and the American Society for Industrial Security. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, with an emphasis in criminology, from Dennison University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.