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Avoiding burnout as a small business owner

Running a small business can be rewarding, but the entrepreneurial journey can sometimes be an uphill battle, with long hours, stress and challenges. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it's crucial to remember that your mental health and wellbeing matter just as much as your bottom line.

Finding ways to switch off is essential for your own sake and the health of your business.

Here are some strategies to help you find that elusive balance between work and personal life:

  • Establish boundaries: Set clear boundaries for work hours and try your best to stick to them. Sometimes it’s not possible, but you can consider not checking work emails or taking business calls outside of designated times. Communicate your boundaries to clients and employees to manage expectations.
  • Delegate and outsource: Don't try to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to capable team members or consider outsourcing non-core functions. This not only lightens your workload but also allows you to focus on strategic planning and high-priority tasks.
  • Schedule down time: Just as you schedule important meetings, schedule time for yourself. This could be daily exercise, a weekly hobby or regular vacations. Treat this time as sacred and non-negotiable.
  • Technology detox: Take a break from screens and devices. Turn off notifications during non-work hours to minimise distractions and create space for relaxation.
  • Seek support: Surround yourself with a support network of friends, family, and fellow entrepreneurs who understand the unique challenges you face. Sharing experiences and seeking advice can be incredibly beneficial.

There are also low or no cost services available to help you navigate health and wellbeing in your workplace. The Health and Wellbeing Program, available in 2024, will help participants increase their resilience and capability to cope with mental health challenges and create a culture of wellbeing in their workplace.

The program will provide a range of activities, including masterclasses, education and training sessions, workshops, one-on-one support, psychologist-led skills sessions, webinars, e-learning, and online tools and resources.

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