The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have mounted huge challenges for communities around the world. Start-ups have sunk and small businesses have laid off full-time employees because of economic constraints. Faced with so much stress and chaos, it’s only natural that business owners have been feeling overwhelmed during this difficult time. However, when taking care of your business throughout the pandemic, it is equally important to take care of yourself.
Wellbeing Advice for Business Owners Throughout COVID-19
Keep an eye on stress. Entrepreneurs are known for their strong-willed nature, so it’s no surprise that many have had to tackle enormous losses and challenges on their own. However, all this pressure can lead to a build up of stress. Stress is, unsurprisingly, not good for your mental health, causing many people to lose concentration, motivation, sleep, and more. What’s more, stress hurts your physical health by increasing your blood pressure, skyrocketing your heart rate, altering your food habits, and much more. To combat chronic stress, remember to take time for yourself to relieve stress, whether it’s relaxing in the bath, talking to loved ones or sweating it out through exercise.
One of the best-proven stress managers is regular exercise. Of course, it may not be possible to exercise how you usually do just yet as gyms and pools may not be open. If this is the case, it’s time to get creative. If you haven’t taken up running, set yourself a goal to complete a 5k run in a month. If you find it hard to be motivated to exercise after work, try a light yoga flow routine that is great for stretching out your muscles. Mix it up and try something different. You may just find that you sleep better, feel better, and hold less tension.
Leverage tech to stay healthy
Take advantage of digital health solutions to monitor and manage your health. Fitness tracking apps from companies like Apple Health can help entrepreneurs stay aware of their physical activity and motivate them to get healthier. For meditation, try the Headspace app that offers numerous guided meditations to help you relax and focus.
Do you feel stressed as a business owner? At Economic Development Collaborative, we understand that it’s a challenging time for all. Click here to access the free resource guide for your business that can help you take the next steps for your company.