How to Master the Work-Life Balance as a Small Business Owner

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Running your own business is great; you can set your own schedule and have nobody to answer to but yourself. Unfortunately, small business owners can frequently become victims of their own success and the demands of running a small business can have serious knock-on effects that no amount of green tea can fix.

According to a study by Simply Business, 1 in 4 small business owners have fallen ill because of work-related stress. Don’t become a statistic. Learn how to master the work-life balance and have a healthier, happier future.

Accept your limits and delegate

Do you feel as though the boundary between your professional and personal life is blurring (or non-existent)? Are you feeling run down and lethargic? Do you find it hard to sleep because your mind is racing with thoughts of work? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to do something about it.

Everyone has a limit. When you push too hard and for too long, something inevitably breaks. By acknowledging your limits and learning to accept them, you’ll remove some of the emotional pressure that might be contributing towards your stress.

When in doubt, delegate. Here are 15 tasks and responsibilities small business owners can delegate.

Take care of your team

A survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that more than 40% of employees are neglecting other aspects of their lives because of work. The study also found – perhaps not unsurprisingly – that as a person’s weekly working hours increase, so too do their feelings of unhappiness. Unhappy workers aren’t productive and when the work doesn’t get done, you’ll be the one left to sort out the mess.

Want to help build a support a healthier, happier team? Find out what leaders can do to reduce employee stress.

Get support

Did you know that some of the world’s most successful business leaders credit their success to their mentors? Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs all found the help and encouragement of their mentors enabled them to be more effective and successful.

A business mentor can help support you on your business journey. Don’t struggle alone, reach out to one of the 27,000 registered business mentors on and find a business mentor near you.

Make a promise to yourself

How often do you take 15 minutes out of your day to focus on yourself? Never?

Make a promise to yourself to set aside some time for yourself each day. This time is for you to relax, unwind and let your mind rest. The health benefits of daily meditation are clear.

If setting 15 minutes aside each day seems like an unrealistic goal right now, don’t worry. Take a look at these 15 relaxing techniques that take 15 minutes or less. Whether you start with 10 seconds or 10 minutes, your mind and body will thank you for it.

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