I love having my own business but it really can put a strain on my mental health at times and make me feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Don’t get me wrong, I would never want to go back to “traditional” employment again (that was even worse for my mental heath!), but some days it can all get a bit too much to cope with on your own.
Being responsible for absolutely everything (like taxes!), never knowing where your next job will come from and having to learn the legal and technical side of running a website are probably the three things that have caused me the most meltdowns.
So over the past 6+ months, I’ve worked out a few ways of dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed that can come with being a business owner:
Lists are literally the only reason I ever get anything done these days!
When I’m anxious or overwhelmed my brain struggles to concentrate, and I can even forget what I thought of or did 5 seconds ago.
Not the best when you’re trying to balance a blog, a resource library, start a podcast + newsletter and work on client projects!
So I’ve started to write out a huge to do list of every single little task/idea I can think of (plus anything that springs to mind during the day), so that I don’t forget anything.
I’ll even add things that I’ve already done on to it, just so I can cross it off and feel even more productive…I’m not the only one who does that right?
After I’ve made a huge list of everything that needs to be done, I look through it to prioritise which task is the most important.
I’ll then work on that one task until it’s completed.
I used to try and multitask but that just meant I ended up with 15 half finished jobs, nothing completed and feeling like I’d not accomplished anything all day!
So for example I know I’m running low on content for Instagram, I’ll plan out, take and edit enough photos for the next week or so.
I’ve also started trying to batch write the caption and hashtags on advance, as I’m terrible at posting on IG and doing it in advance takes the stress of “what the heck should I post today” out of it.
If you’re at the point where it’s effecting your physical or mental health, you need to take a step back and have some self care time.
Do something you know helps you relax: read a book, listen to some music, go to the gym or a class.
Or if you’re like me and you still need to feel like you’re doing something “productive” then do some no-frills self care.
[Related: 7 No Frills Ways To Practice Self Care When You’re Feeling Crap]
Put the washing away that’s been piling up, tidy up your space, listen to some podcasts or even phone/meet up with a friend for an hour to talk about your ideas and gain some clarity + feedback!
Feeling overwhelmed is something we all go through as business owners, especially when we’re first starting out. You have to find your own process and routine and it can take time and quite a few mistakes before you figure it out.
I’ve lost track of the number of meltdowns and burnouts I had before I started to figure out what worked for me – and even now I’m constantly making little changes to my routine!
Do you struggle with feeling overwhelmed as a blogger/business owner? If so what do you do about it?
Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.