Three tips for achieving a better work-life balance
We all know how essential mental health is. Yet, finding a balance between your job and mental health may be difficult for small business owners.
For small firms, the last two years have brought an unprecedented level of instability and turmoil. Finding the time to invest in your own mental well-being is proving difficult, due to the pandemic, as well as rising inflation and energy prices.
If you can, practice mindfulness.
While mindfulness is not for everyone, it is a method that can help you maintain mental health.
It can teach you how to increase your concentration, eliminate unwanted thought patterns, and redirect your attention in a more purposeful way, if it works for you. If you are able to practice mindfulness and find it beneficial, keep in mind that it is more effective when done on a regular basis.
Closed-Focus Mindfulness- by refocusing attention on our current experiences and physiological sensations on a regular basis, this improves concentration and calms the mind.
Open-Minded Mindfulness- this improves awareness of what's going on outside the mind, allowing people to tune in to their surroundings and avoid falling into 'auto-pilot mode,' a typical experience among business owners that can reduce productivity.
Create a workplace that prioritizes well-being.
For small business owners, employee happiness is critical to their success.
Include information about how your company handles mental health in any induction process, from mental health first aiders in the office to venues for non-work talk.
Simple acts like promoting complete lunch breaks and maintaining clear business hours to minimize overworking can help set a pleasant tone. Make sure you follow these rules as well to set a good example.
Maintain an open channel of communication with team members, speaking with them on a regular basis to learn how they're doing and to reflect on how their jobs might be stressing them out.
Stress has diverse effects on different people, with insomnia, anxiety, and irritability being the most typical signs of poor mental health. So, what can be done about these symptoms?
One method is to imagine your mind as a ‘stress container.' Because we all have various life experiences and levels of resilience, some of our containers are larger than others. Our life's worries may seep into the container. We can gradually drain it by employing good coping skills once they are under control.
We can't empty the container quickly enough when there are too many stressors streaming in. It overflows, causing tension and bad mental health symptoms. Unhealthy coping mechanisms might close the tap, reducing stress flow.