National stress awareness month - How contractors can relieve stress
Juggling multiple projects can be very stressful, and yet probably worth it to be a thriving business owner. It’s important to recognize that constant stress can negatively impact your physical and mental health, as well as your job performance. In today’s blog, we'll discuss some ways that contractors can try to relieve stress and improve their overall well-being.
Apr 4, 2023
National Stress Awareness Month - How Contractors can Relieve Stress
By Grace Dela Cruz
National Stress Awareness Month is observed annually every April, and provides us with a time to focus on understanding and reducing the effects of stress in our lives. As a contractor, you likely experience high levels of stress on a daily basis due to the nature of your work. Most likely you’re working on multiple projects simultaneously, and with multiple projects you’ll be dealing with different subcontractors, vendors, blueprints, and so much work to be done! Juggling multiple projects can be very stressful, and yet probably worth it to be a thriving business owner. It’s important to recognize that constant stress can negatively impact your physical and mental health, as well as your job performance. In today’s blog, we'll discuss some ways that contractors can try to relieve stress and improve their overall well-being.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Practicing mindfulness can potentially help you reduce stress and increase your ability to manage difficult situations. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including deep breathing exercises, meditation, or simply going for a walk outside. Take some time out of your busy schedule - put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ for 20-30 minutes, and enjoy time to breathe, take in nature, and recharge. When it’s time to get back to work, you’ll have had a much-needed mental break to be able to give your project the 100% focus and energy it needs to succeed.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall health. As a contractor, you may already be getting plenty of physical activity on the job, and it's still important to make time for regular exercise outside of work as well. This can include going for a walk, jogging, a bike ride, or taking part in a fitness class.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for your physical and mental health, and can help you better manage stress. Contractors typically have long and demanding workdays, so it's important to prioritize sleep and ensure that you get enough rest each night. There’s nothing worse or more dangerous than being on the job, and falling asleep while working with heavy tools or machinery. By making sure you are well rested, you can minimize accidents on the job, and be more alert to ensure your subcontractors are staying safe as well.
Connect with Others
Having a support system is an important tool to help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. Connect with friends, family, or colleagues who you can talk to about the challenges you're facing. You may also consider joining a support group or seeking professional counseling. There are a bunch of Facebook groups and Instagram communities made specifically for builders and contractors. Lean on these communities to share about your stress, have a laugh, or get some advice!
Take Time for Yourself
Finally, it's important to take time for yourself to do the things you enjoy. Whether it's reading a book, watching a movie, or pursuing a hobby, taking time for yourself can help you relax and recharge, which can ultimately reduce stress.
In conclusion, National Stress Awareness Month is an important reminder to prioritize our mental and physical health. As a busy contractor, it's vital to recognize the stressors in your life and take steps to manage them. By practicing mindfulness, exercising regularly, prioritizing sleep, connecting with others, and taking time for yourself, you can reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. Not only will you be your best self on the job, and your customers and subcontractors will appreciate a positive leader who is 110% ready to work and get the job done!