Your Small Business and the Economy: Handling Anxiety

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Running a small business can be very stressful at the best of times, but at times of economic uncertainty, it can be particularly difficult. Society is becoming increasingly conscious of the problem of mental health and it is very important that everyone, business owners not excluded, take every measure to ensure that they can handle and ultimately overcome anxiety. Economic and financial trouble is the number one factor that leads to depression, anxiety, and adult suicide. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but some things can be done to help overcome these feelings. Here are some tips for handling anxiety if your small business is facing financial difficulties.

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

Mental health issues and stress caused by financial troubles have been intrinsically linked for years. One study found that people who were struggling to pay off high debts were twice as likely to suffer from depression and acute anxiety. In times of economic downturn or periods when small businesses are struggling, the pressure can quite easily overcome owners. The first step anyone should take who is feeling strong anxiety is to seek help. This help may come in the form of counseling, lifestyle changes, or medicine. The experts at have reviewed the best medicines for a range of issues including anxiety and indicated that people don’t think about seeking help for mental health problems like they would if they were experiencing a physical problem. Mental health problems cannot be ignored any more than physical health problems can. It is vitally important to pay attention to your mental health and to take action immediately.

Talk to Anyone

Anxiety, especially when it is triggered by economic problems, can be very isolating. Unfortunately, many people still worry about being stigmatized for having mental health issues and so are reluctant to seek help or confide in someone. They may feel embarrassed that their business is not doing well and they will convince themselves that people will think they are a failure. It is so important that nobody suffers alone and thankfully society is starting to change. Just talking to someone can provide huge relief when stress and anxiety have taken a grip. Whilst a problem shared may not be a problem halved, it can be a lifeline to people who are drowning in acute anxiety. For some people, a close friend or family member can help them to overcome their problem, while other people feel far more comfortable with the neutral anonymity of a professional stranger. There are even support charities and other organizations you can talk to by phone or online to help people get through difficult times.

Do Not Consume Bad Food or Harmful Substances

A healthy body can lead to a healthy mind, so taking holistic care of yourself is extremely important for handling anxiety whatever the root cause. In difficult times, many people turn to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or bad food to help them cope. All of these things may provide some short term relief or distraction but ultimately will only cause more harm. When businesses are not performing, owners tend to put in longer and longer hours and often rely on caffeine or other stimulants to perform. Caffeine, however, significantly increases levels of cortisol in our bodies which trigger anxiety and so the problem is only exacerbated. Practicing self-care is so important in handling the anxiety of a difficult economic situation. Eat a healthy diet, try to get enough sleep, and cut down on harmful stimulants.


As highlighted above, your physical condition can have a big impact on your mental health, so when things are going badly, relieve your stress by working out. The body and mind are so intrinsically linked that mental anxiety causes all kinds of physical problems. Lethargy, muscle aches and cramps, joint problems, and a weakened immune system can all be caused by stress. Regular exercise can greatly improve general mood, reduce the chances of depression, improve sleep, and help pull people out of any anxiety generated lethargy. Particularly if someone is feeling isolated or trapped by their anxiety, it can be hugely beneficial to get out of the house or office for a run outdoors or to go to the gym where there are other people to talk to. The body and mind are so intrinsically linked that mental anxiety causes all kinds of physical problems. Lethargy, muscle aches and cramps, joint problems, and a weakened immune system can all be caused by stress.

The anxiety caused by financial or economic difficulties can be a huge burden on so many people. It is so important that anyone experiencing anxiety takes the right actions to help themselves get through it. Follow some of the advice in this guide and remember that you never have to be alone when you are in trouble.

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John is a serial entrepreneur and writer who is passionate about helping small businesses launch and grow. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.