Cockburn Gazette - - SHOP LOCAL -

BE­ING your own boss can be very ex­cit­ing, but any­one who has run a small busi­ness knows it also comes with its chal­lenges.

Long hours, feel­ing iso­lated, try­ing to balance work and home, and wor­ry­ing about cash flow can leave you men­tally ex­hausted or stressed.

Man­ag­ing your health and well­be­ing is just as im­por­tant as man­ag­ing other as­pects of your busi­ness.

Not look­ing after your phys­i­cal and men­tal health can have a crip­pling ef­fect on the day-to-day run­ning of your busi­ness, es­pe­cially if you are a sole trader.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stress­ful mo­ments is a nor­mal part of ev­ery­day life.

How­ever, there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween feel­ing a lit­tle stressed and be­ing so over­whelmed that your men­tal health is com­pro­mised. Stress and anx­i­ety can man­i­fest in dif­fer­ent ways, rang­ing from dif­fi­culty in con­cen­trat­ing, chest pain, pound­ing heart and high blood pres­sure to so­cial iso­la­tion and feel­ings of hope­less­ness.

It is im­por­tant that you seek pro­fes­sional as­sis­tance to di­ag­nose your symp­toms.

You can also ac­cess a range of in­for­ma­tion, re­sources and as­sis­tance from Be­yond Blue on 1300 224 636. Al­ter­na­tively, Life­line pro­vides cri­sis sup­port and sui­cide preven­tion in­for­ma­tion on 13 11 14.

You may also con­sider en­gag­ing with a busi­ness ad­viser to help you work through any busi­ness is­sues, which may be con­tribut­ing to your feel­ings of stress and anx­i­ety and to im­ple­ment work­able strate­gies to get back on top of things.

If you’re feel­ing de­pressed or anx­ious, re­mem­ber they are treat­able con­di­tions and ef­fec­tive treat­ments are avail­able.

If you’re wor­ried about how your busi­ness is per­form­ing or are in­volved in a busi­ness dis­pute that’s caus­ing you stress, visit small­busi­[email protected] or con­tact one of our busi­ness ad­vis­ers on 13 12 49.

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