How to stop being overwhelmed by work stress

| November 3, 2015

How to stop being overwhelmed by work stress

Stress is a part of a small business owner’s life. There are numerous problems or tasks that call for your attention on a day-to-day basis. At times, your work can just take over your life.

However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

If you alter few practices and stop yourself from overworking at the right times, you won’t be overwhelmed by work on a regular basis. With a few tricks, you can also relieve work related stress.

Activity and Health

It shouldn’t be surprising that a run around the park is the best stress-buster available to you today. The sheer physicality of doing exercise is enough to remove your mind from stressful thoughts and allow it to drift away.

While going to the gym is well and good, nothing really beasts stress like taking a brisk walk, a run or even a bicycle ride through outdoors. It gets you away from four walls for a small portion of the day and allows you to soak up some fresh air and sun.

Keep remainders of happy times around you

Whether it’s a card gifted to you by your daughter on Father’s day or a small souvenir your husband bought for you, keep visible reminders of the good things in life around you.

At times when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, you just need to glance at these reminders and a soak in some happy memories for a bit.  You just need something substantial to remind you that there’s more to life than work.

Grab a bite

Food can elevate your mood easily but stay away from sugar, caffeine or soda. Try instead some chilled fruits or items that are rich in vitamins. You can pick anything from eggs to dark chocolate to beat stress as long as it is healthy and nutritious. Foods which are high in carbs will only make you feel lethargic and unwilling to work, adding to your stress.


Believe it or not, daydreaming or getting lost in pleasant thoughts or plans for a few moments can actually beat stress to a great extent.

If you’re thinking of crossing the channel in the near future, dream about Parisian cafes or heading north and visiting Amsterdam. Or maybe you can just visit the Lake District over a long weekend.

Planning for holidays (whether they happen or not) are a great escape technique and stress alleviator.

Ranting really helps

Unloading all the stress in a long, epic rant can be cathartic to your soul. Whether you dump your cares on some forbearing friend or social media or even just put pen to paper, it doesn’t matter. Just letting the inner stress out can help you feel better and more relaxed. Sometimes, when you write your problems down, they don’t seem so overwhelming or burdensome as they appear in your mind.

While success is important, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your health and wellbeing. It is especially vital for small business owners, whose business relies on them being healthy and well, to keep stress at bay.