The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. But for many entrepreneurs, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re finding it hard to cope with the added stress of the holiday season, here are five tips to help you out:
1. Plan Your Priorities
One of the best ways to cope with stress is to be organized and plan your priorities. Typically, there are multiple priorities, but we must choose between what has to be completed by the end of the year and what can wait until after the holidays. So, make a list of what absolutely needs to be done and then choose what can wait. This will help you stay on track and avoid the last-minute rush that makes things even more stressful. Try to stick to your plan as much as possible and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it, which brings us to our next tip.
2. Ask for Help
If you're feeling stressed with the workload of your business, it's okay to ask for help. There are a few different ways you can ask for help with your business. You can start by reaching out to family or friends who may need some extra cash or who are happy to lend you a hand at no charge. No matter how you ask for help, remember that there is no shame in admitting that you need it. In fact, reaching out to others is a great way to get new ideas and perspectives on how to operate and grow your business.
3. Take Time for Yourself
Although it's important to be productive during the holidays, it's also important to take some time for yourself. Make sure to schedule breaks so you can recharge and cope with stress more effectively. Take 30 minutes or an hour each day to go for a quick walk or get Christmas shopping done. Whatever you do, make sure to give yourself some time each day to relax and rejuvenate.
4. Be Reasonable with What You Can Accomplish
It’s tempting to try and accomplish too much all at once. This can lead to frustration and feelings of inadequacy when you don't reach your goals. Be reasonable with what you can accomplish, both in the short and long term. You may have to set boundaries with clients during the holidays by setting their expectations. Although this can be difficult, it’s important to take things one step at a time, and to focus on taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Let’s talk about health more.
5. Don’t Neglect Your Health
Many small business owners put their health on the back burner and spend all their energy on the business. However, this can have serious consequences down the line. Taking care of yourself helps ensure business success. Here are key ways to stay healthy:
• Get regular check-ups and screenings: You need to make sure to see your doctor for regular check-ups and screenings. This will help catch any health problems early on.
• Eat healthily and exercise: Since you are always on the go, it’s tempting to grab quick meals that may not be as healthy as they should be. Eating healthy and exercising regularly helps you maintain your energy levels and stay focused for business success.
• Take breaks: You may work long hours, but it's important to take breaks throughout the day. Taking a few minutes to walk around or relax can help reduce stress levels.
6. Enjoy the Holidays
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebrating. But they can also be a time of stress and chaos. If you're feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, take a step back and enjoy the moment. Slow down and savor the things that make this time of year special. From the food to the festive decorations, there are plenty of things to enjoy during the holidays. You earned it!
We hope these tips help you cope better with stress during the holiday season. For more information about ASP Bookkeeping’s services, please contact us or call us at (203) 641-7678.