The Small Business Guide to Mental Health

During Covid-19, we all have some difficulty keeping our mental health as a priority. Reset your intentions for the year by taking control of your mind.

Running a small business is not easy work. Especially with the trials that have been brought to the world with the rise of the pandemic. Though there might not be a solution to the ebbing and flowing nature of the international pandemic—it is possible to find solace during this difficult time. This year, stress has become the only thing in which to run with the loss of direction that has affected us in the year 2020. It might seem difficult while looking at our phones to see a light at the end of the tunnel, but just for a second when we put the phone down and when we see the sky is still blue and life is still going, we can clear our minds and create healthy habits that will allow for us to find solutions to our problems creatively. Mental health is the first step in a small business’s journey to success.

 1. Start off on the Right Foot 

When we wake up in the morning, we have the horrible habit of checking our emails first thing and scrolling through social media or text messages before we even get out of bed. This is very bad for your mental health. Starting your day on your phone is like starting your day by inviting work, friends, and family into your bedroom and checking in on them all at once. Taking time in the morning to clear your head and wake up is incredibly important to have a successful mindset that will spread to having a successful business. Drink some coffee, eat some breakfast, and listen to some music to help you get into the mindset of productivity. 

2. Correct Your Thinking

Though the morning can get you ready to walk into work, what comes next does not always go as planned. Some days you might show up and your world is upside down and on top of itself. Someone needs you to attend a meeting, or handle any issue that might leave your head spinning and your mind running amuck. Prioritize your mental health in these moments. Though you can manage some overwhelming factors, sometimes it seems impossible to breathe and you run out of motivation right at 3 pm. Your brain operates in slow motion because you used all of your energy at the beginning of the day. When you start to feel that tingle in your fingers or that knot building in your head, STOP! Take a breathe and try to calm your mind. Lastly, do not be afraid to take time off. Use your vacation time for some you time.

3. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key when establishing a system that works for you in the office, out of the office, and before you wind down for the night. Waking up in the morning at the same time and at a time that gives you time to wake up is the first step in the right direction. Establishing a morning routine allows for you to feel stress-free in the morning–knowing exactly what to expect. Start the day in the office by checking your emails, checking on operations, and listing out all of the things that you need to get done that day realistically without overstretching your capabilities. Lastly, make sure when the day is done that you allow yourself some quiet time or time to listen to your podcast before you head home to clear your head. Try not to look at screens before you go to bed and do not waste your relaxation time watching television. Do something constructive like cleaning your house or taking care of that thing that you have had to think about for a while. When you are done, you will feel calm and ready to go to bed