There’s no doubt that running an accounting practice is stressful. You’re responsible for so much: the day-to-day logistics of your business, your image and reputation, and the all-important financial bottom line. You may feel like you’re genuinely “married” to the business and unable to take time off for self-care. But easing your anxiety – and putting some emotional distance between you and your work – can actually make you a more effective, efficient, and productive business owner.
Here are five healthy habits that can lower your stress levels:
Studies show that even a short daily meditation can lower anxiety and produce a calming effect that lasts all day. You can find a wide selection of apps and YouTube videos to help you find your perfect meditation routine.
Have you considered what does (and doesn’t) “spark joy” in your day-to-day experiences as well? Many of us have a hard time saying “no”, whether it’s to a client, a new opportunity, or even an invitation from a friend. But it’s important to recognize that you do control how you spend your time, and choosing experiences that bring you joy can go a long way toward lifting your anxiety.
It’s common advice, but it really works. Thirty to sixty minutes of activity a day can genuinely boost your mood. You don’t have to join a gym or even leave your home to get moving – there are plenty of apps and YouTube channels offering quality exercise routines to fit your style. You may find yourself having creative breakthroughs after a movement break.
Take a Break
As an accountant or bookkeeper, it can be so hard to step away from your work, even for a moment. You feel the pressure to perform and it seems like any time away from the screen, camera, or phone is wasted time. In reality, though, stepping away when you need to can help you reset and recharge, and you’ll return to your work with new energy and ideas. Whether it’s a difficult exchange with a client or a technical issue that needs fixing, take a 5-minute break to make tea, do some stretching, or just sit.
Ask For Help
It’s tempting to want to do everything yourself, but smart accountants and bookkeepers know when and how to ask for help. Whether it’s finding a business coach or hiring an expert to do certain tasks like website design, getting help can reduce stress. Rather than tying up your valuable time learning new skills and technologies, an expert can get the job done quickly and efficiently, freeing you up to do what you do best – manage the overall success of your business.
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