West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter

Top Stress Management Tips for Leaders
 
Here are stress management strategies for entrepreneurs recommended by experts:

 

Pay attention to your body's stress signals

Such as sweating and increased heart rate. It's important to recognize these signals and get them under control. This could involve simple, deep-breathing exercises.

 

Deal with the stress head on

Rather than procrastinate, think about what is causing the emotional reaction and get a handle on it. Deal with the cause of stress right away, whether it's a phone call from an angry client or making a difficult business decision.

 

Take systematic breaks

When you feel stress coming on, get up and do something else such as taking a brief walk or going outside. This short break can give you a different perspective on a stressful situation and at least provide short-term relief from the physical effects of stress.
 
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Getting 30 minutes of rigorous exercise at least 3 times a week can help you reduce stress. Good eating habits such as including more fruits and vegetables in your diet can give you more energy and help you handle stress better.
 
Try to achieve work/life balance
Although today's business environment can be demanding, it's crucial to take time for other activities outside of the office such as family events, hobbies and sports. This is when you recharge your batteries.
 
Keep perfectionism in check
Offering a quality product and service doesn't mean obsessing about it. Know when to get a task off your desk and focus on doing your best in a competitive environment.
 
Delegate to reduce your workload
Accept that you can't do it all. Rather than micro-managing, pay special attention to delegating responsibility to employees and leaving them alone to do the job. Sharing the load can relieve stress.
 
Find people you trust and confide in them
Talking to others about business issues can help you find solutions to deal with challenges. Entrepreneurs can also network with other people in their industries to see how they are handling similar issues.
 
Get your financial situation under control in your business
Cash flow is a major source of anxiety for entrepreneurs. Find ways to better monitor your revenues and expenses. Also, find ways to improve productivity and ultimately your company's financial health.
 
Commit to vacation time
Give yourself time off to relax, particularly during challenging periods. For example, turn your Blackberry off when you're on a holiday. Postponing a vacation may have short-term benefits for your business but in the long run, your health could suffer and cause greater problems down the road.


Upcoming Meetings and Events
Boreal Berry Farm & Winery

"Holiday Shopping with our Winemaker"

Start:
December 12 at 12:00 pm

End:
December 13 at 3:00 pm

Join us for gift shopping this weekend, Saturday and Sunday in our winery boutique! Our Winemaker will be available 12pm-3pm to help with your holiday wine selections for gifts and meals. Tutored wine tastings available. Don't miss your chance to get personalized advice for the best wine selections and make your holiday a memorable one!
West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
200 Main Street, Unit B
Sturgeon Falls, ON
P2B 1P2
Tel: 705-753-5672 Fax: 705-580-5672
info@westnipissingchamber.ca