As entrepreneurs, we’re always looking for the best business advice. Whether it be a new year, after a holiday, a baby or any other reason to have time off, I speak to a lot of people who feel anxious, nervous and sometimes worried to get back to work. It got me wondering what this was all about, as after the holiday season, I too felt the anxiety.
What is anxiety?
“A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.”
“A strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.”
A new year is ripe with uncertain outcomes. For me in particular this year, as we are ramping up our business with a complete re-brand and major investment; on top of that, my husband’s business has thrown us some curveballs. My husband and I are also expecting our first child! There is so much uncertainty and a really strong desire for this year to be even better than the last (which was phenomenal).
If you’re feeling anxiety, I sympathize with you. Whether you had a bad year the year before or a great year, it is natural to feel these feelings. It is great to acknowledge these feelings for what they are, concern of a particular outcome.
How do you deal with negative feelings?
If you continue to think of the worst case scenario, to think it won’t go your way, to worry about everything going wrong – not only do YOU suffer but so does your family, colleagues and also your potential clients who are looking at you for certainty. What I did to overcome this terrible feeling was plan my year ahead with purpose:
- Define my ultimate vision and for what purpose I want that. To make it in pictures and then to break down each aspect of my life into categories and plan visions and purpose for each of those categories.
- Get back into routine with exercise and eating
- Schedule out my week
- Focus on what is working. To focus on what I can be grateful for. I read my Grandfather’s life story recently and it really put everything into perspective that we have the most amazing life, yes it can always be better, however it is being grateful for what you already have that allows you to have more.
- Clean out offices or cupboards that are messy for a clean start physically and mentally.
- Take action, feel the nerves or fear and do it anyway.
- Remind myself why I am doing this in the first place.
- Get organised with systems, structure and emails.
- Plan another break away to look forward to.
- Smile and laugh, it makes everything lighter.
Change your perspective and make it super easy to adjust back into work life. Remember to keep that chilled out feeling for as long as possible. Just remember not to have the afternoon nap on your desk. Maybe go for a walk around the block instead.
Good luck with your own adjustments of getting back into the swing of things!