The excitement and stress of the holiday season can affect everyone, but for people who own and operate small businesses, the stress can be even more monumental.
Most small business owners prepare their business for the season by stocking up on inventory, designing displays, and advertising sales and seasonal promotions.
But, how do small business owners prepare themselves for the busy shopping season?
Prepare, Prepare and Prepare
Get your business prepared long before the holidays start. Most small business owners agree that preparing before the holiday season actually starts helps to alleviate stress in the business but personally as well. Let’s face it, stress in your business, is personal stress, especially when you are operating as all departments in your business.
Something to look forward to
One other way small business owners say that they prepare, for personal self care, is that they plan something to look forward to after the busy holiday season.
Planning a few personal days away from work, to spend with family and friends. “Even just staying home and sleeping in”, says one owner,” is enough to look forward to” in order to make it through the excitement and hustle of the season. Another small business owner admits to planning a vacation, to look forward to. “This vacation plan gives me a mental boost to stay the course”.
I, personally, have planned to take a few days to enjoy the spa after the holidays, just to refocus and recharge.
Enjoying the now
With the reality of knowing that small businesses took, and are still enduring, a big financial hit, during the pandemic, quite a few owners tell me that they are just enjoying the excitement and positivity of the now. As people return to pre covid ways, the spending is more in an upward swing then in the past two years. “Just being able to see that we may be in the black, is selfcare enough for me” states one small business owner.
As a small business owner, what are you doing to take care of yourself personally? Do you participate in any of the ways above or is there something else you do to take care of you, during the excitement of this season?
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