3 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health as a Small Business Owner

December 8, 2021
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Mental health struggles are a serious issue in the working world that need to be addressed. Nearly 6.8 million individuals in the U.S. experience generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Additionally, women are twice as likely to have panic disorder (PD), causing adverse effects at work. 

One study also found women have a more challenging time returning to work after a depressive episode. While 67.3% of men successfully return to their place of employment, only 48% of females do. To combat this phenomenon, individuals need to protect their mental health. Both to enhance their business’ success and, of course, to preserve their overall peace and happiness in life.

By reducing feelings of overwhelm, you’ll be far more ready to show up prepared for work and thus make successful decisions for yourself, your business, and your employees. Try engaging with these three beneficial practices every day to minimize stress and maximize productivity at work.

1. Do a Digital Detox

Small business owners can reduce their screen time to improve their mental health at work. Over an hour of screen engagement, each day significantly decreases an individual’s mental health, especially if they struggle with preexisting conditions. Workers experience less self-control, higher distraction rates, difficulty making friends, and the inability to finish tasks when using devices for more than an hour daily.

Employers can decrease screen time at work, protecting their mental health by increasing the efficiency of their systems. Nearly 86% of business owners rely on technological advancements to support their daily functions. Digital transformation can increase an employer’s task efficiency, helping them spend less time on their screens.

Business owners may additionally schedule screen-free time throughout the day. They can place time locks on their social media apps, restricting their temptation to scroll mindlessly at work.

2. Meditate in the Morning

Meditation improves various mental health conditions ranging from GAD to addiction. The practice helps individuals access a state of mindfulness and tranquility. It also allows business owners to increase their focus, slowing their stream of thoughts.

Employers may experience less overwhelm and stress at work when practicing a regular meditation routine. It also helps reduce negative thoughts and emotions, promoting new perspectives. Meditation can create internal boundaries within an employer, and setting external boundaries is also essential.

3. Avoid Negative Talk at Work

Many employees view the breakroom or other client-free areas as a place to vent. Researchers found negative talk at work actually decreases one’s level of satisfaction. Individuals who complain experience less joy in their jobs, so promoting positive conversations on the clock can increase mental well-being.

The Benefits of Improving Your Mental Health at Work

Improving your mental health at work is essential to your company’s success and stability. When individuals practice self-care and set boundaries, they take fewer days off and perform tasks more efficiently. You can also show up for your employees more authentically in a mindful state, gaining their trust and appreciation.

The phrase “health is wealth” circulates the media for a reason. When employers invest in their mental well-being, they notice growth in their careers. Over time, minimal lifestyle changes can enhance stability, happiness, and success.

“Over time, minimal lifestyle changes can enhance stability, happiness, and success.”

About the author: ​​April Miller is a senior writer at Rehack Magazine, where she writes on business technology and productivity. She aims to help business professionals implement technologies and practices that will improve their work habits and overall well-being.

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