Stress management is important to the Westchester small business owner for a number of reasons. First and foremost, chronic stress is really, really bad for your health. Too much stress leads to heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and a whole host of other life-changing conditions. Emotionally, too much stress can cause anxiety, tension, irritability, angry outbursts and more. Professionally, excessive stress can lead to poor decision making, difficulty effectively directing or supervising others, and disruptions in customer service levels.

April is Stress Awareness Month. Here are some tips to help the Westchester small business owner manage their stress more effectively:

Limit Your Workday

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners try to pack at least 26 hours into every day. All work all the time is a surefire recipe for severe stress. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time for sleep and rest in your schedule. How much sleep should you be getting? Though the amount of sleep you need varies by individual, the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours per night for adults. Every day needs to include some ‘down time.’

Exercise Energizes

Physical activity is a great stress buster. By increasing the heart rate and boosting circulation, exercise can leave us feeling revitalized and energized. Take a brief walk, go to spin class, practice a few yoga moves: it doesn’t matter what you do. It only matters that you do something.

Remember You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

One of the most stressful aspects of running a small business is the feeling that you’re all alone and isolated. There are so many decisions to be made every day, and it’s hard to know what choices are going to be best for your Westchester business. That’s stressful! Alleviate some of the pressure by creating a board of trusted advisors you can turn to for insight and guidance as you face challenging decisions. Your SCORE Westchester small business mentor is a great resource. Schedule your appointment today, and get ready for your stress levels to go down fast!

Stress Management for Westchester Business Owners