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Small Actions You Can Take to Decrease Stress at Home and Work

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When you woke up this morning, how did you feel? Were you tired? A bit anxious? Depressed? Or maybe you just felt a little numb and unmotivated?

Covid-19, the recent riots on Capitol Hill, and the related economic downturn have taken a toll on all of us, in particular entrepreneurs and small business owners. The U.S. is experiencing levels of uncertainty and stress unlike anything we’ve known in our lifetimes.

Stress is a normal part of life. It only becomes a concern when there’s too much and you’re no longer able to manage it – then it may begin to impact your physical and mental wellbeing.

The physiological response to stress activates the infamous fight-or-flight response, also called the “amygdala hijack.” It causes the heart to race, breath to quicken, and muscles to tighten as the body prepares to take action. It can also impair your conscious brain, causing difficulty in making good decisions. While this evolutionary default developed to protect us in an emergency, it can become problematic if it lasts too long.

You may not initially notice the physical symptoms of stress, like occasional headaches, trouble sleeping or digestive issues. Or, perhaps you just feel a little more anxious than usual or start having difficulties concentrating. However, if prolonged, these negative effects can impact your work, as your productivity decreases. For ambitious people, like entrepreneurs, this can affect not only your businesses, but your lives – further elevating your stress

The stress you’re feeling right now is also likely affecting your co-workers. They may be more prone to leave their jobs and, if they stay, it may impact their performance. A study by the University of Warwick found that when employees were happier, they had a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive – confirming that staff wellbeing is not only the right thing to do for them, but also the right thing for your business.

Related: How A Healthy Workforce Can Boost Your Company's Profits

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