Stress in the self-employed

Stress in the self-employed

There are many stressors in the daily life of an autonomous or self-employed. Sometimes it can be too much work, or having to work under the pressure of delivery time, make commitments that do not have the confidence to meet, not having enough work and having to deal with the search for new customers, insecurity generates constantly depend on oneself, the relationship with employees when they have the need to meet payments in unfavorable situations …

In short, stress is one of the greatest enemies of self and, rather than anxiety and tension generated in the short term and in the dynamics of work-changes in mood, irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor performance, difficulty to make important decisions, etc., on the possible consequences to health if the circumstances that generate it are not resolved:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Headaches.
  • Cardiovascular diseases.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Propensity to diseases of infectious origin.
  • Dental problems.
  • Musculoskeletal pain, etc.

It should also be noted that often the autonomous focuses both on the job that has no schedules, no time devoted to leisure as bad, do not exercise, moved the concerns of family life and has little social life. And all these factors only aggravate stress.

It is important for all workers to take steps on their own to control workplace stress and, of course, to prevent not go beyond specific situations. How to do it? The experts set out a series of recommendations affecting both the attitude towards work and the need to lead a healthy life:

Organizing the work: the organization is always important and the agenda is the boss. At the end of each day should review the provisions of the following day (meetings, calls to customers or suppliers work to be done) and organize the activity depending on the time available and always calculating the time comfortably, even enabling time.

Do not try to do more of what you can do and it’s important to make every day a time for reflection, in which they can think of new challenges and work proposals, but always with realism.

Positive attitude: the satisfaction of a job well done is always important, but it is something that is at odds with the rush, pressure and routine. Moreover, it is the best way to retain customers and attract new ones.

Exercise: input, we must say no to inactivity. Daily practice of some sort of exercise helps reduce stress. Furthermore, the working hours are convenient up occasionally and short walks to avoid the consequences of one’s body may for example be at the computer continuously (muscular atrophy, neck and back problems, etc.)

Environmental conditions: the work is best done when you are comfortable. Good lighting, proper temperature, a job designed with ergonomic criteria, are some aspects to consider.

Food: eat healthy and keep meal times is essential to continue working normally. Meals should be light, easy to digest, and should be able to calmly. If you can take a walk after better.

Relaxation: it is important to recognize the symptoms of stress and react appropriately to them. It is best to learn relaxation techniques to apply right now.

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