If you do not take care of yourself, how can you expect to take care of your business? As the old adage goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. There is no doubt that the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic of COVID-19 has surely caused an increase in stress levels for many people, especially business owners. With many businesses having to temporarily close due to the public need for social distancing, it is vital that business owners practice relaxation and self-care in order to eventually reenter the market stronger than ever. A recent article from Psychology Today provides several key tips for coping with the spike in stress and anxiety the world has been experiencing in the past few weeks.
In the article, “Coping with Coronavirus Stress,” Shainna Ali, Ph.D., writes of the importance of checking in with yourself,
“According to the Four Branch Model of Emotional Intelligence, the ability to recognize your emotional state is essential in order to understand and manage your emotions. Therefore, if you skip the phase of acknowledging that you are stressed, you impede your ability to manage your stress.”
After recognizing that the negative emotions you are feeling are in fact related to stress, there are lots of different strategies you can take to manage them. Ali’s main tips for this include,
- Manage what you can; release what you cannot.
- Know your limits.
- Practice self-care
No one knows how long the global crisis of COVID-19 will last, but what is certain is that it is imperative for business owners everywhere to take care of themselves right now and come out stronger on the other end.