How to be Mindful in Times of Stress

It’s been a busy week, or maybe even a busy year, and you feel the weight of your work crushing your shoulders. Owning or managing a small business can be stressful, and at times you may forget your mission or why you are pursuing your passion.


Workplace stress not only affects us while we’re at work, but can come home with us too. Besides making your job unpleasant, stress can have a larger affect on your overall health, including headaches, upset stomach, difficulty sleeping, elevated blood pressure or chest pains.


Working hard to make sure your business runs efficiently is important, but taking a step back and relaxing between challenges can help both you, and your company, function better in the long-run.

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When you’re at your desk or on the road, here are some tips to help you tackle work-related stress:


  • Mindfulness requires focus, so forget about multitasking for the moment. Be aware of one thing you need to get done, and give it your complete attention.

  • Be present. If you feel you’re starting to zone out because of your stress, clap your hands or lightly tap your cheeks. Wake yourself up and connect with the environment around you.

  • Don’t let the small things become overwhelming. If there are tasks that will take just a few minutes to complete, such as a simple phone call or email, get them out of the way so they don’t loom above you for the rest of the day.

  • Be aware of what your body needs. Be sure to have water and snacks to get you through the day. Get up at least once an hour to walk around or stretch.

  • Don’t let yourself get too frazzled. If you start to feel a wall of stress, take a break. Find a quiet space to close your eyes and take deep breaths.

  • If you have an opportunity for a lunch break, take it. It’s important to step away from what you’re doing and re-set so that you can tackle important work in the afternoon.

  • When at home, consider having a technology black-out zone. Spend time with your family, or get in some precious alone-time, without your phone or laptop. Considering making part of your home, like your kitchen table, an electronics-free zone.

  • Try some light exercise outside of work. Running, long walks or yoga can all help reduce stress while keeping you healthy.

  • Remember your vision. Why is your business important to you? Reflect on why you’re here.


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Source: New York Times