How to Cope with Workplace Anxiety

Anxiety is no joke.

If you suffer from anxiety – no matter what your triggers are – when you come across a title that suggests a way to cure your anxiety or get rid of it, you’re likely to jump at the chance to find the magical fix to that heavy feeling that weighs on your chest and the inability to breathe when it just becomes too much. It’s why, while I want people to read this, I didn’t want to bait you in with something that wasn’t true, and used the word cope.

The number one thing that you, the people around you -your managers, your friends and family-need to understand is that there isn’t a cure. There isn’t a quick fix. And anxiety can have such deep roots that you may not even know why you’re triggered.

The Cure to Anxiety is a Myth
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So no. I don’t have a list of things to cure your workplace anxiety. Anyone that promises that isn’t really being honest. Or, perhaps, has little understanding of how anxiety works. I do however have coping tools that may just be exactly what you need. The combination of tools come from a mix of research and practice.

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Start With These Two Tips to Better Motivate Employees

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If you’re a small business owner then you want and need your employees to bring it every single day. But, burn out happens. And a lack of motivation can turn a top employee to the guy cutting every corner. Which sucks for you and sucks for them. When it comes down to it, you want to motivate employees. You just don’t really know where to start.

Motivated or unmotivated employees can be the make or break of your business success.

Sometimes business owners feel helpless when it comes to how to motivate employees. They think it’s something that’s just supposed to be innately within them regardless of what they’re doing.

Sure, you want to hire employees with drive.

However, in the workplace, the culture can heavily impact whether or not your employees will be motivated or not, regardless of each individual’s personality and personal drives.

So the FIRST TIP I’m actually going to give you that’s not typical for the list is to examine the culture of your business.

  • What do you’re employee’s expect from their overhead, their peers?
  • Do they speak up when there’s an issue? Or when they know how to fix it?
  • Do they own up to their mistakes? What happens when they do?
  • What are the unwritten policies?

Motivating employees starts with know where their lack of motivation is coming from or even just seeing where their lack of motivation is showing up.

In other words, when motivating your employees it starts with you.

It’s not just a them problem.

motivate employees in you office culture

If you hired all new employees without changing anything about how you run thing, you’ll probably be running into the same issue with unmotivated employees.

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Your Power Hour: Podcasts for Small Businesses

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You’re a small business owner, an entrepreneur, pursuing your passion.

Question.

What do you do to invest in yourself? 

You probably spend a lot of your brain power thinking about how to make your business successful, but what you need to remember is that in order to have a successful business, you need to be your best self.

This means investing in skill building, reaching out to peers, and working to establish that healthy work life balance.

There are a lot of ways to go about doing this, but let’s start with how you start your day.

The Power Hour

This isn’t a brand new idea, but it’s one that works to really set you off to a powerful start each day. Plus it’s 100% customizable to you.

What’s the power hour? 

A power hour is an hour every morning that you dedicate to yourself focusing on simple tasks that promote peace and self reflection.

You’ll spend 20 minutes doing something active, 20 minutes writing either in a journal or even creating a daily task list, and 20 minutes reading something inspiring or on in the vein of self improvement.

Or

You’ll spend 30 minutes doing something active, 10 minutes writing in your journal, 10 minutes reading something inspiring, and 10 minutes going over your daily task list.

You get the idea.

Entrepreneur Podcasts for your Power Hour

Whether you adopt the power hour or not, as a small business owner, you should at least spend time every day reaching for inspiration to help revitalize your motivation and passion. The power hour offers structure and consistency that can really help you start out the day on the right foot.

Of all the ways you can adapt your own power hour, I’d highly recommend subscribing to and actually LISTENING to the podcasts School of Greatness  and Youprenuer. 

School of Greatness:

Host: Lewis Howes.

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Lewis Howes Podcast: School of Greatness

The goal of this podcast i to empower and emphasize everyone’s potential for success, regardless of life experiences and background.

Subscribing to this podcast means getting inspiration from the likes of Natalie Hill and Hootsuite creator Ryan Holmes.

In Howes’s recent interview with Hill, she promoted the idea of adding on instead of taking away when you’re trying to make changes.

Then, Holmes’s recent 5 minute Friday promoted the philosophy of living  balanced life full of good hustle. Both are the kind of inspiration and mindset molding that every entrepreneur should tune in to.

And of course their are the words of wisdom from Lewis Howes himself with featured podcasts like My Mindset Hacks for a Greater Life.

Essentially, this podcast is what every small business owner needs in order to stay focused, balanced, and inspired to be their best self.

Youpreneur

Host: Chris Ducker

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Chris Ducker: Youpreneur

This podcast gives concrete tips to truly help you develop your personal brand and have successful online marketing for your brand. It’s interview style, bringing in experts from all over the entrepreneur hemisphere.

Some of Ducker’s more recent podcasts include interviews with  Yaro Starak on validating your business ideas, Chistopher Lochhead on the benefits of focusing in on your niche, Ramasay Taplin on how to create a successful blog.

This “no entrepreneur left behind” podcast is perfect for any entrepreneur looking to really hone in on their personal brand and find success.

What are your favorite Small Business Podcasts that you subscribe to for inspiration and tips?