By Aoife Delaney
HEALTH & WELL-BEING:
I will survive – The small business owner guide to wellbeing
Samme Allen, Sequoia Venue Solutions
My name is Samme and I’m a workaholic.
What? Nobody to say welcome, no-one to discuss what a reasonable level of stress is, when to stop worrying and how to stop thinking about your business at 4am?
There are support groups for alcoholics, for drug addiction as well as many other mental health issues. But where does the small business owner (SBO) turn to when things are tough? How does the startup manage health and well-being as well as survival?
Here are some simple ideas that I’ve been putting into practice, some more successfully than others but all with a positive impact on both my mental health, my clients, my family, and my overall wellbeing.
Warning: This is not rocket science, this is a reminder list that will hopefully offer some respite and support as you navigate the rocky waters of entrepreneurship.
Physical & mental wellbeing go hand in hand
Balance and wellbeing have helped me cope with this stressful journey. Exercise is my best friend, mindfulness keeps me out of the loony bin and pub (some of the time) and ensuring that physical exercise is part of my working day, there should be plenty of gas in the tank to drive this business through another 12 months:
Sleep Like No One is Watching
Probably my nemesis. I’m exhausted by bed time and then as soon as the slightest light, noise or murmur happens, I’m awake and brain has switched into let’s think about client x’s venue growth. What a joy. There are some simple ways to help ourselves out here:
With the joy of being a startup organisation, one thing I miss is someone saying I’ve done a great job. That virtual pat on the back that as humans we all need. Whilst clients offer testimonials and do say thanks, the lack of team environment or support often makes the SBO focus more on the what hasn’t been done, what hasn’t been achieved, what’s not worked, what’s not in the bank, rather than the successes (however small they might be) and daily wins:
The early days of a start-up are the hardest, most emotionally draining, and crazy years of life. NOTHING prepared me for the challenges of running a business. I’m constantly thinking about the business and find it so hard to switch off. But without taking time out, you’ll not grow your organisation into a success:
About the Author
Managing Director, Sequoia Venue Solutions
Based in London, with clients across Europe, Sequoia Venue Solutions is an international consultancy providing a range of sales, marketing, training and development services to venues, destinations, and agencies.
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