Maintaining a healthy mind while running your business
Running your own business can be a challenge! Long hours, financial management, record keeping and staffing matters can contribute to an already heavy workload. If you, your co-workers or your staff are feeling exhausted, unmotivated, depressed or anxious there is support available to assist you in relieving your stress, managing your troubles and help you to get back to your business!
What to look out for
Being able to recognise the warning signs is essential in noticing if someone is experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Some of these include:
- Sleep deprivation
- Trouble concentrating
- Behaviour that is out of character
- Unusual and fluctuating moods
- Avoiding social situations with family, friends or in the workplace
- Obsessive behaviour over work or personal life
- Avoiding routine and daily tasks
What can you do?
There are some things you can do to help balance your mind and prevent a stressful lifestyle:
- Ensure you spend time on activities you enjoy
- Eat healthy and ensure you get enough sleep
- Focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t
- Make time for breaks and holidays
- Speak up and talk to friends or family who can support you
- Delegate to staff who can assist you with your workload
- Set time every day to exercise or go outside
- Use relaxation to calm down such as breathing exercises, yoga or meditation
Where to go for help
There is help available! A number of organisation will provide free advice and support and you can even remain anonymous.
The Workplace Wellbeing Guide for Small Business, developed in partnership with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, is a simple and practical guide for small business on workplace health and wellbeing. Download the Guide online or visit the Small Business Centre Shopfront to get a copy.
You can also visit the Business SA website to access lots of other useful information.
beyondblue is a national organisation that provides assistance to those dealing with stress, depression or anxiety in their work or personal life. They offer a number of ways to get support including by phone, email, online chat or through their online community forums.
HeadsUp, is a program that beyondblue are running with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance to provide information and assistance on mental health in the workplace. Their Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace booklet is a valuable resource to every workplace.
Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work: A guide for work contacts, friends and family is a handy resource, designed for people who have contact with small business owners and are concerned about their mental health and well-being. It includes planning tools for small business owners to develop a workplace well-being plan.
Visit www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 224 636
NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential mental
health program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners
the Support they need.
Over six sessions, Coaches with a small business background will work with you to overcome difficult issues, providing you with practical skills to manage stress and get you back to feeling like yourself again.
A range of easy to use and time saving tools, resources and training for employers to create a healthy workplace for themselves and their staff. Tips and tricks and practical advice that can be easily implemented.
ReturnToWorkSA’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces Consultant can help you to identify and reduce risk factors to mental health in your workplace and work with you to provide practical support, advice and resources.
Lifeline Australia is a national charity organisation which provides over the phone 24-hour support and suicide prevention services. Information and resources are available for concerned family and friends.
Visit www.lifeline.org.au or call 131114
Suicide Call Back Service is a free national telephone, video and online counselling service for people over the age of 15 who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or has been affected by suicide in any way.
Visit www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au or call 1300 659 467
OzHelp is run by the OzHelp Foundation and is targeted at supporting young men working in male dominated industries such as construction, mining, trades and automotive, in Australia. They offer information and education via support services and training in the workplace including Employee Health and Wellbeing Programs.
Visit www.ozhelp.org.au or call 1300 694 357
RUOK? is an national not-for-profit organisation which aims to raise awareness of suicide by starting conversations with friends family and co-workers. Their site offers an online forum with discussions and tips on how to approach the subject and what advice is recommended to give.
RUOK?’s website also has links to other organisations that can provide support and assistance in dealing with stress, depression and anxiety.
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Support for your business
If you’re worried about how your business is performing, or are involved in a business dispute that’s causing you stress, call 1300 072 722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your mental well-being is affecting your ability to pay your tax or super, information about how the Australian Taxation Office can support you is available online at www.ato.gov.au.