Stress. It’s unavoidable to the small business owner.
Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you just want to run and hide. Here are 10 suggestions for relieving some of that stress (and hopefully provide you with a giggle or two):
- You know that big bag of Doritos lurking in the kitchen? Yeah, the giant one from Costco that’s bigger than a college student’s backpack. Go ahead and eat the whole thing. You’ll get a wicked stomachache, but isn’t that better than the pain of existential angst?
- Go on anti-depressants. What, you want an original idea? You don’t have the energy to be creative anyway.
- Drink a bottle of wine and take to your bed. Nothing like booze to numb the anxiety & stress of the small business owner.
- Go to Vegas. You’re not going to get any good work done, so you might as well go somewhere fun and blow the last few dollars in your bank account.
- Write individual letters of resignation to all your clients. (Caution: do NOT send.)
- Scream at someone who totally doesn’t deserve it. Share the stress! Then have a teary apology & make-up conversation with hugs and chocolate.
- Shop online for things you don’t really need, such as another maxi dress, a BBQ cover, or a set of free weights with spongey grips. The thrill of bargain hunting will relieve some of your ennui.
- Get more sleep and exercise. You may still feel utterly stressed-out, but at least you’ll look a little better.
- Watch a documentary about people or animals who are abused, starving, diseased, homeless, endangered, etc. Their problems are so much worse than yours; how can you complain? You and your first-world problems.
- Call your parents and ask them to buy you a present. Cars and real estate are good choices. Contributing to your retirement account wouldn’t be bad either.
- BONUS: Laugh. Having a good guffaw is the best antidote to stress in the whole world.
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