Did you know that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020?

We have created a list of ideas to help you take some of that stress away within your business.

Prioritise your tasks:

The easiest way to help relieve stress is to prioritise your tasks. You don’t want to be worrying about all of the tasks you have. Prioritising will allow you to focus on more important/urgent tasks first and non-urgent/less important tasks last. You could even decide you don’t need to do these anymore, because they aren’t important or needed after all.

Take breaks:

Don’t forget to take your breaks, you need to let your mind wander and rest throughout the day. It is important for your health to give yourself some time away from your work tasks and focus on something else that you enjoy doing, even if it’s making a cup of tea and scrolling through Facebook.

Don’t procrastinate:

Don’t worry about things you need to get done, if you need them doing now do them now. Don’t leave them and start the next task until you have completed your original one. Stop thinking about other tasks and focus on the one at hand first.

Get online:

Being online will help you stay connected and easily take notes without needing a pen and paper, you will have more room at your desk and less expense on other items you can easily do online. This will keep your desk tidy, ultimately, keeping your mind tidy.

Control your emotions:

As hard as it seems, try to control your negative emotions, thinking you will fail will put you in the wrong frame of mind and you are more likely to give up. Keep the positivity and remind yourself why you started your business and that you can get through this, even if you need to ask for help.

Keep connecting:

Even though we are feeling isolated and distant from others, make sure to keep connecting with family and friends, including anyone you connect with along the way. Remember, you are not alone and you have support.

Exercise:

Even taking a 10-minute walk outside at lunch can help you refresh your mind and lower your stress level. Exercising 30 minutes a day increases the amount of norepinephrine (the chemical that helps our brains response to stress) in your body.

Delegate:

Don’t add any unnecessary stress for yourself, delegate your tasks to those who can help. This allows you more time to focus on your priority tasks without worrying about the others you had, your business will thank you.

Sleep:

Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep is so underrated, but it is vital to your health. Even setting yourself two nights a week to go to bed earlier than usual can help boost your mind and body, just make sure you stick to it.

Positive feedback:

Create a folder of all the positive feedback you’ve had. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, have a read through those to remind yourself you can do this and are appreciated for what you do. This will give you the boost you need.

Move more:

Set yourself an alarm at different times of the day to take a little break from your screen or what you are doing, this will help freshen the mind and help you refocus on your task clearer when you return.

And of course, we are here help and guide you through your business too. Not sure how we can help? Speak to our Business Growth Specialists for a FREE chat and see how we can work together.

Gary Thomas: Gary’s Calendly

Ian Harford: Ian’s Calendly

Luke Townsend: Luke’s Calendly

To find out more about Stress Awareness Month click here:

https://www.retailtrust.org.uk/four-virtual-event/resources/stress-awareness-month-april#:~:text=The%20theme%20for%20Stress%20Awareness,restrictions%20began%20in%20March%202020

Take a stress test: https://www.stress.org.uk/individual-stress-test/