Taking Care of Your Mental Health as a Small Business Owner
Has anyone seen the new season of The Bear yet? If you’ve watched the show, you know that mental health is a major thing that small business owners - especially in the restaurant industry, but not exclusively - need to value. Below, we’ve got some tips on how to take care of yourself while you’re taking care of business.
Set realistic expectations for yourself and your business:
We don’t know about you, but we know a lot of entrepreneurs who are perfectionists. This is why it’s important to establish realistic goals and expectations for yourself and your business. Avoid overwhelming yourself with an excessive workload or unreasonable demands. Part of this is also learning to say, “no” to things that may overburden you or distract you from your priorities.
Maintain a healthy work-life balance
Put. Down. The. Phone. Work can wait when you’re not there! Strive to create a healthy work-life balance by setting boundaries between work and personal life. Establish designated work hours, avoid working excessively, and make time for leisure and personal activities. This can also include taking short breaks throughout the workday to reset and recharge - take a walk!
Delegate and seek support when you need it.
It’s not all up to you - Delegate tasks and responsibilities to capable team members or consider outsourcing certain functions. This might also include seeking professional help if you’re experiencing persistent stress, anxiety, or depression - they can help set you up with techniques to manage these challenges.
Foster a supportive work environment for all
Create a work environment that promotes open communication, teamwork, and employee well-being. Encourage a culture where employees can openly discuss mental health and offer support to one another. However, make sure you’re also doing the same for yourself! Part of this is also celebrating achievements and milestones for your team and yourself.
Another important thing for your mental health - community
Having a solid community around you and your business is super important for maintaining your mental health. You know your people will be there for you in the ups and downs - and they’re also there to invest in you when you’re ready to grow your business. Learn more about Honeycomb’s investment offerings and how they can help you grow by filling out the form below: