There are 5.5 million small businesses in the UK and around 60% of people working in the private sector are working for small businesses. However, mental health and wellbeing advice and support is only really given to larger businesses. The FSB (federation of small business) has started a campaign to focus on wellbeing for those in small business sector.
The FSB’s campaign is to tackle the increasing problem of many in the small business sector not fully being aware of or looking after their mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, to accompany the campaign to get the conversation started on mental health within the small business sector, they have also put together a small guide which features advice as well as relevant contacts/websites where you can seek help.
This article will give you top tips to looking after your mental health and wellbeing:
Be proactive in looking after your mental health – Everybody is different so what may work for you might not work for somebody else. However, taking regular breaks can give you a fresh perspective. It is beneficial to take a step back, this can be a couple of minutes every hour.
Make a working schedule and stick to it – If you are a small business owner you may feel like you have an endless amount of tasks to carry out and like your business is running you. However, you need to take time out. Set yourself working hours and have certain times where you switch off. This may be difficult as your business becomes a part of you, but you must do it to keep a healthy mind.
Eat well and exercise regularly – Although this may seem obvious, you would be surprised how many people forget the basics to keeping yourself healthy. Eating well and on time can make a big difference to your mind. Take time to get fresh air and schedule gym if you can. Everybody is different therefore, choose what suits you best, this can be an hour gym session or a half hour walk.
Make sleep a priority – According to a study by Benson Beds, sleeplessness and the lack of productivity due to it is costing the UK around £1billion a year. Sleep will ultimately help you, so give yourself enough time to rest your body and mind, this will only make you work better and be more productive. If you are struggling with sleep, you may need to seek professional help.
Make ‘me time’ a regular occurrence in your schedule – Take time to do something you love, regularly. Allow yourself a time to actually enjoy yourself and take some time away from your business. It will give a chance to take a step and get some perspective.
Ask for help when you need it – This can be asking a friend to help you out, or actually seeing a professional to help you deal with any mental health issues. You need to maintain mental health and wellbeing as you would with physical health. So, make sure to take time out to take care of yourself.
These are a few simple steps to follow, in order to boost productivity and keep you healthy physically and mentally. If you are healthy, it will ultimately make you a better business owner in terms of working better and just being a happier person to be around.
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