4 ways to remove stress this holiday season:
Don’t get me wrong, I love almost everything about Christmas – the food, the family time, the gifts but I could certainly do without the stress and anxiety.
As Christmas approaches (I don’t mean to alarm you but it’s right around the corner), even the most organised small business owners can get stressed out as they manage inventory, cash flow and staffing.
So how can we ensure we don’t succumb to stress this silly season? Well of course planning and preparation help but there are a number of things we can do (even at this late stage), to help keep a cool head. Try out these four last minute tips to help you de-stress this Christmas.
Whether you’re cooking Christmas lunch or reviewing inventory orders, don’t try and do it all yourself. Delegate tasks and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
If you have a small team and not have enough hands, try a service like Airtasker to get some short-term manpower for your busiest days.
The same goes for your personal life. If you’re entertaining at home, outsource what you can and ask guests to help out. They’ll be happy to – everyone likes to feel useful.
Keep on top of cash flow
Even the most prepared retailers can find they don’t have enough working capital to make it through the Christmas season. If you find yourself strapped for cash don’t fret, there are now a number of working capital loan providers such as Spotcap, who can service business applications within 24 hours, even during the Christmas period.
These lenders can provide peace of mind and financial certainty during the holiday season.
Experiment with relaxation techniques
For most small business owners, a holiday is off the table – recent research found more than 57 per cent of SMEs haven’t had a holiday all year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time to relax, unwind and clear your head.
Nothing clears the mind like meditation or yoga and by taking some time away (even just a couple of minutes) to exercise your mind and body you can seriously reduce your stress levels.
If yoga isn’t your thing, make time to get outside, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.There is growing research to suggest that being outside can have positive physical and psychological effects on the body and mind – including decreased depression and fatigue – so get outside and get moving.
Get some shut eye
Eat, drink and be merry but be sure to factor in a couple of early nights to get you through the holiday season.
We would love to hear how you alleviate stress during the holidays – tell us in the comments below.
The entire team at Spotcap wants to wish you every happiness this Holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Originally published December 14 2015 , updated April 27 2017