16 Apr Tips to Stay Calm Following Stressful Business Situations
Every business always has an off day—or days, even weeks. There will always be a problem, whether it’s a startup or a large company. And every problem, no matter how small or solvable it is, will always stress out the business owner(s). After all, a business is like an owner’s baby. He spent on it, nourished it, and watched it grow.
When starting a business, one should be aware of the possible pitfalls. Not only that, one should think about possible activities that could keep the stress at bay. Here are some tips on how business owners can stay calm when dealing with stressful money situations.
Find a hobby
You know why rich businesspeople play golf? It’s not just because of their love for golf, it is also because of their need to de-stress. Being rich and having a successful business doesn’t mean that the owner is no longer stressed. On the contrary, the stressors may even be bigger. And that’s why every business owner needs an outlet to calm down. Find a hobby that you love and enjoy—it could be sports, cooking (or eating?), shopping and walking in the park, among others.
Yes, this is so much easier said than done. But it’s true, though. Once you start thinking about positive things, it would seem like good things will happen to you as well. But it’s really just a matter of perception—just like looking at a glass half full rather than half empty. When you think positively, everything happening around you will start to have a bright side. Every business problem now has a solution, and every solution comes with a lesson and a brighter outcome.
Of course, when you are stressed, only negative thoughts are expected to be shuffling in your brain. So take a moment and just breathe—meditate. Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do a yoga pose and be still. There is no need to do a yoga pose. Meditation only involves peace and quiet. You free your mind of every thought and allow the negativity to leave. When your mind is already empty, that’s when you can start putting in your positive thoughts.
Exercise and eating right can actually do wonders not just for the body but also for your sanity—seriously! Being fit lowers the level of stress hormones. So eat a balanced diet, stay active and sleep the appropriate amount of time. All these will help your body function at the highest optimum level.
Okay… so this will not be a very popular tip. Most businesspeople depend on coffee as if it’s life. Well, the advice is not to get rid of coffee, just to limit caffeine, which triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is great in emergency situations but not in business situations.
If there is a business problem, you want to be calm and collected when you try to solve it. Just rely on water, not coffee or any caffeine-drenched drink. Nothing can go wrong with water.
Notice that these tips don’t really involve a lot of money. Staying calm is actually easy, cheap, and practical.