Dealing With Stress – Part 1

In this two part series, I will be providing you with some tried and true methods for dealing with stress.

If you are running a b&b, or planning on opening a bed and breakfast, one of the toughest challenges is the fact that you really don’t have much separation between your work and home life.  Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of yourself – physically and mentally!

When chaos reigns around you, I have found that even small things can lift my mood, increase my energy, and make me feel like I’m back in the driver’s seat – at least for a short time!

This blog post focuses on my top 5 personal ways for dealing with stress:

  1. Have little rituals that bring you a sense of peace – simple things that you love and can do every day, such as:  savouring a hot, uninterrupted cup of coffee or tea; lighting a scented candle; writing in a journal; reading a good book; getting a massage, or watching a comedy.
  2. Get exercise – it doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym or a marathon run (although there are some days you wish you could run away!)  It is fairly easy to incorporate things like tai chi, meditation or yoga into your schedule.
  3. Look for the upside – as the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. If your own poor choices contributed to a stressful situation, reflect on them and learn from your mistakes.  I often look for the humour in the situation – sometimes by just imaging how the situation could have been worse!
  4. Make sure you take time to eat properly – how many times has breakfast and lunch been eaten as you are preparing/cleaning up after a guest meal?  Take the time to sit down to a proper meal, and actually enjoy the whole process!  Your energy level will be higher and you will be able to deal better with guests and the workload.
  5. Focus on the positive. When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life, including your own positive qualities and gifts. Sometimes I used to get out my guest comment book, or read on-line reviews to remind myself that I was doing a good job!  This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.

I would love to hear what works for you – please leave a comment on the blog, or reply to this e-mail.

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