4 ways to keep calm in a crisis

Owning your own company can be a stressful business.

It’s harder to leave work at work, every lost deal can feel like a personal attack and ensuring your employees and clients are happy can often be a mammoth undertaking.

So when a stressful situation happens in your business it can be hard not to feel overwhelmed and out of control.

However, it is important to stay calm as not only does increased stress have long-term health implications but it is integral to ensure you are making sensible and reasoned decisions for your business, employees and clients.

Take A Breath

When a crisis occurs take a few minutes to breathe and collect your thoughts. Impulsive reactions can lead to bad management choices and could in turn make the situation worse.

If possible step away from the office, take a short stroll outside or grab a cup of tea – take this time to collect your thoughts. You will find that you are able to deal with the problem in a calmer, more reasoned way.

Stay Positive

It is very easy for your mind to spiral out of control when a stressful situation occurs. Stop yourself from the outset, don’t let yourself focus on the negative, instead concentrate on the positive, no matter how small. It will help you approach the situation in the correct frame of mind.

Ask Advice

Whether from a colleague, a family member or a friend, it is always beneficial to seek a second opinion from another trusted source.

They will be able to approach from an outsider’s perspective, so they will have less of an emotional attachment to the situation and may be able to help you reach a positive outcome.

Have A Strategy

In Place Avoid unnecessary stresses by having a strategy in place to deal with any sudden crises that may occur in the office. MSL is a facilities management company that specialise in taking the stress out of all maintenance issues.

Amongst the many services they provide, they offer a 24/7 direct line to deal with all reactive maintenance issues you may come across.

The team of help-desk co-ordinators have full knowledge of your business and its challenges and can arrange for the right tradesman to be on site from within 2 hours to 5 days depending on the severity of the issue.

For example, an unexpected power cut may send you into a spin as you try to find an emergency electrician who can fix the problem in the quickest time but MSL will take the stress out of the issue in just one short call. No job is too big, too small or too difficult.

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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