Campus Commons PT - April 2019

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HOW I MANAGE STRESS IN MY LIFE EXITING THE MIND OF BUSINESS

As a business owner, a lot of the stress I experience comes from constantly having work responsibilities. I don’t have a traditional nine-to-five schedule, so to keep all my waking hours from being consumed by my business, I have to intentionally set aside time for family. I have touched on the subject of finding a work-life balance in some of my other newsletters, but since April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day, I wanted to talk about how I maintain that balance and how you can avoid work stress as well. Running a business takes a lot of my attention, and the fact that my wife and I run the business together makes it too easy to only talk about things that are business related. When I’m home, I want to be fully present there and exit the mind of business. I want to be able to fully be there for my kids, watch them play sports in the spring, and be available to them when they struggle with things in their lives. I also need to be able to take time for myself, whether that means enjoying a round of golf or just hanging out by the pool in our backyard. I think the key to striking that balance and not being overwhelmed by work-related stress is being intentional with my downtime. Otherwise, the stress of being a business owner lingers. I

used to think about patients I saw during the day, what we are doing to help them, and what we need to change in their routine in order to get the results we want during my downtime. The fact that I can choose my own hours relieves some stress. Even though it opens up the possibility to work more than would be healthy for me, it also means that I am in charge of my schedule and can take a break when I need it. I can disconnect mentally and physically from the job. “I THINK THE KEY TO STRIKING THAT BALANCE AND NOT BEING OVERWHELMED BY WORK-RELATED STRESS IS BEING INTENTIONAL WITH MY DOWNTIME.” Even if you have a more rigid work schedule, you can still take opportunities to step away from work. My advice to you is to take longer than a day off when you can. When I was younger and had a standard nine-to-five job, I found that when I just took one day off, I did not feel rested when I returned to work the

next day. If I took a week off, it felt much more refreshing. In any case, so long as you are not thinking about work during your time off, you will feel more refreshed. Spring is in full swing, and my kids will be playing sports on weekends. My son plays baseball, and my daughters play soccer. Last year we took the kids to Southern California for Spring Break as well. I am glad that the flexibility of my job allowed me these opportunities, but in order to fully take advantage, I have to intentionally disconnect from work. If you intentionally disconnect, you’ll feel less stressed too.

–Mark Eddy

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