How to Beat Holiday Stress (If You’re an Entrepreneur)

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Running a small biz is a tough enough gig on its own. Add the holiday season to the mix – with gifts to buy, family get-togethers, and Christmas cooking to do – and many entrepreneurs begin to stress out about how they’ll fit it all in… without letting their business suffer. There’s nothing wrong with working hard, but it’s important to stay healthy and take care of ourselves too. Here are a few things you can do to beat stress this season and enjoy some holiday cheer:

  1. Plan Ahead. Grab a pen and paper and jot down all your current commitments: business meetings, personal parties, projects that need to get finished, family dinners, networking events, etc. Now schedule each item into your calendar so you can see if there is physically enough time to fit it all in. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and remember that balance is key – business is important, but so is time with friends and family.
  1. Delegation Is Your Friend. Entrepreneurs like to think we can do everything on our own (it’s in our nature) but the reality is that approach isn’t always the best use of time. Prioritize the tasks that only you can do and delegate the rest.
  1. Get Up Earlier. No one likes waking up earlier than they have to, but an extra hour or two in the morning can really help you get ahead on your to-do list. The short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain of being able to enjoy a stress-free holiday.
  1. Make Time for Self-Care. If you find yourself feeling stressed take time to go for a walk, meditate, grab a quick nap or book yourself a relaxing massage. Don’t feel guilty about taking a break; we all need time to relax and take care of ourselves.

We hope these tips will help you beat holiday stress this season (or at least tame it a bit). Working yourself to the bone may seem like a prudent business decision, but in reality you’re just going to burn yourself out.

Remember that fun and family time have to be part of the bigger picture. Especially during the holidays.