On a scale from planner to fly by the seat of your pants I err on the side of knowing plan A, B and C. Probably because growing up both of my parents struggled with anxiety. Not the chill and relax kind, but full on panic attacks with bleeding ulcers. So, when sh*t hits the fan, my planner hat goes on and I get right to work.
Which leads me back to all of you, and how the events of this past month have and will continue to impact your businesses. The political ugliness and environmental doom we were all facing was enough. Add to that a pandemic and we have a recipe that could lead even the toughest of us down a hole of netflix and take out.
Right now it’s not just about feeling all the feelings, or being proactive, it’s about both.
The only way through these tough times is to feel and move.
Here are my Top FIVE Strategies to keep yourself sane and your business viable during these times of uncertainty.
- Mitigate your stress loads. As someone who cares about the state of the world, your stress levels may be at defcon five. There is no debate that constant strain and stress can lower your immunity and lead to poor decision making, or limit your ability to act altogether. It’s okay to vent, scream, throw a tantrum, whatever you need to not let that stress get trapped in your body. Call a friend, lean into your community, reclaim your faith. Whatever you need in the fear, judgement, and shame of others is 100% okay. Start here and you’ll find more energy to move forward.
- Cold hard cash helps during times of financial strain. Here is a quick list of things you can do:
- Offer gift certificates
- Get that online program up and running
- SBA here stateside offers low interest loans
- Certain big companies like ConvertKit are offering creative funds
- Lean into your savings if you have it
- Consider self isolating as a reset. Most of us will survive this flu, but other pandemics and global crises are sure to come in the next decade. Get offline and journal, spend time with family, and find ways to reconnect to why you are here.
- If you have enough, offer to help another. If you don’t have enough, stretch yourself to ask for help. This is not easy in states of emergency, but people will surprise you by their willingness to help.
- Communicate with your employees, contractors, clients and patients. Keep them updated on closings, policy changes, new offerings. You may think they are inundated with messages right now, but you are their go to wellness leader and they want more communication from you.
Let me know if you need some listening or strategy. I’ve opened my calendar up to take on 20 minute free consults for Monday Morning Listeners. Just send me an email to Jason@JasonStein.com
Now is the time that we come together and support one another. We will get through this…together.
Together is Better,