Suffering from busyness and stress is something all small business owners have most likely experienced. With the festive period approaching and COVID-19 restrictions still in force, this time of year could be one of the most stressful for SME owners.
Our research* showed that 71 per cent of small business owners experienced stress in the workplace in the last 12 months with factors that caused their stress ranging from juggling business and personal commitments (26 per cent) to time pressures (24 per cent) and staying on top of business administration (21 per cent).
At the UK Domain, as part of a series of helpful content for SMEs we’ve been working with professional performance coach, Phillippa Hurrell, on a series of resources to help small business owners reduce stress, manage time and boost productivity.
Our latest feature is focused on how you, as a small business owner, can reduce stress. One of these approaches is the act of understanding and tackling thought spirals and is the focus of our latest infographic, which you can view below. The infographic explores what thought spirals are and shares four simple steps you can take to get out of one to remain focused.
Alongside thought spirals, we’ve also shared some other techniques that can help to reduce stress in an article written by Phillippa. The article explores how you can tackle the feeling of stress by processing the world in a more useful way, from ignoring the worrying thoughts that can ‘heckle’ you to quick tips on how to incorporate more good thoughts into your working day and routine. You can read the full article here.
Investing some time into thinking about how you approach your day, the thoughts you have throughout and what small changes you could make can help to improve your performance, focus and most importantly, your wellbeing.
*2019/2020 UK Domain research. Percentages calculated from total respondents for each individual question.
Have a read of our infographic below