Adam Mulligan

5 Healthy and Productive Ways to Handle Anxiety When Running a Small Business

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Adam Mulligan, (2022, October 16). 5 Healthy and Productive Ways to Handle Anxiety When Running a Small Business. Psychreg on Organisational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/healthy-productive-ways-handle-anxiety-when-running-small-business/
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You can reap a lot of benefits from running your own business. For starters, you get to be your own boss. You can plan and see your dreams come true. In addition, you get to run your company the way you want without any problems.

However, you also need to be aware of the different business processes and parts that can make you anxious or stressed. Things such as operations and equipment problems, employee issues, lack of enough money, debt, and inadequate sales can make you anxious.

You will be busy most of the time, thinking about and handling all issues that might disrupt the operations of your business. This is not healthy and might affect the success of your business. 

Here are healthy and productive ways to handle anxiety when running a small business:

Build a good schedule

Planning in a business is crucial in helping you avoid anticipating the things that might happen in your business. In addition, it provides you with a sense of confidence since you know what is expected of you and how to handle it.

With a routine, you know all the tasks that you will handle in the office. This comes with a sense of control and peace, something that is important in handling anxiety when running a small business. It also helps you set realistic goals for your business.

In addition, planning helps you know how complicated the tasks you are going to handle are. If any of them are difficult, then you need to handle them in the morning. This is the time when most people are productive. After handling the complicated tasks, you will be ready to handle anything else thrown at you during the day.

Outsource and delegate tasks

No matter how talented you are, you cannot handle all tasks on your own. If you decide to walk this path, you will find yourself leaving some important tasks unhandled. This can lead to stress and anxiety since unhandled tasks are recipes for failure in businesses.

Instead of taking more than you can handle, you need to come up with a list of the things that you can do. After creating the list, identify the things that you love doing and those that you do not. You can then consider getting a professional to handle the tasks that you do not like.

You can delegate these tasks to your employees. If you do not have employees who can handle them, or maybe they are too complicated, then you can outsource them to other professionals. This way, you will have professionals handling your tasks, something that is important in making you happy and handling anxiety.

Use a support system

Creating lasting relationships with other people such as other business professionals, entrepreneurs, and owners is important in helping you handle anxiety. Sharing your expertise, experiences, and business issues can also help you when things are not working.

Sharing with others helps you feel like you are not alone. You will not feel isolated at any time. In addition, you can get new ideas to help you handle any problems that might be making you anxious. You can ask anything that you want and find solutions to your issues.

If you do not have business professionals or owners in your circle of friends, you can start by registering for networking events. You can also join online business groups to start networking with other business owners. This will help you handle anxiety easily.

Not everything is wrong

When running a small business, most entrepreneurs tend to forget about the things that are working well for their businesses. This is one of the recipes for anxiety since they focus only on what they have not yet achieved and the things that they need to fix.

Instead, they should also think about those things that are working well for them. This can be done by creating a list of everything that they have so far achieved as well as the milestones they have met. 

This list can be pinned on the wall or any other visible place in the office. Whenever you feel anxious or stressed about some business operations, just look at this list and remind yourself of the far you have come.

How common is anxiety among entrepreneurs?

According to a mental health and entrepreneurship survey by Inclife, 65% of entrepreneurs have struggled with anxiety. It is one of the biggest struggles for entrepreneurs. Some of the most common triggers for anxiety include time, money, problems at home, social media, and lack of adequate sleep.

With such problems, the chances of succeeding in your business are very few. You will not be able to meet your targets. You will also have problems working with other people, something that will contribute greatly to the path your business will take.

Self-care is important

As much as you can take the measures discussed above to handle anxiety when running a small business, self-care is the most important thing when it comes to your mental health. This might include things like eating healthy foods, spending time outdoors, and exercising, among others.

Following the health and productive strategies discussed above, you will find it easy to handle anxiety and other mental health issues when running a small business.


Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.


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