Hey, how are you feeling today?  

This is probably a question you ask your customers daily, but how often do you check in with yourself? As a business owner, juggling the needs of staff and customers can be overwhelming, and may leave you feeling physically and mentally wiped out.  

In fact, studies have shown that 62% of business owners feel depressed at least once a week! (smallbiztrends.com) That’s surprising considering entrepreneurs carry so much responsibility for their staff and clients. With this in mind, it’s extremely important for business owners to look after their own mental health problems and adopt a healthy work-life balance to keep yourself and your business thriving.  

Here are four ways to care for your and your employees’ mental health:

A schedule with personal time built inMe Time is Important 

Whether you are a single business owner, or manage a small enterprise, creating a healthy work-life balance is essential. Doing so can prevent a potential burnout, leaving you and your business to suffer.   

Choosing a specific range of hours for work and leisure is key. Consider turning your phone and other communication channels off once your workday is over. You can also schedule time on your calendar for yourself or family, in order to ensure you get the downtime you need. Take a break from social media as well, freeing up more time to focus on yourself. 

You can also celebrate World Mental Health Day (October 10) and take a personal day! 

Insider Vagaro Tip 1: In your Vagaro calendar, there is an option to book personal time for yourself. 

A payroll integration from GustoBe a Model of Mental Health 

As the saying goes, “if you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk.” 

Leading a healthy work-life balance will set an example and help raise awareness about the importance of good mental health. Modeling healthy behaviors will inspire your team and family members to do the same. 

Organize a retreat for your staff in honor of World Mental Health Day, exercise, take walks or share that you’re going to a therapy appointment. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and have conversations about mental health issues in order to raise awareness and advocacy around it. 

 Insider Vagaro Tip 2: Vagaro offers Gusto integration to businesses for payroll ease.  

Stay Productive, My Friend 

It may sound counterintuitive, but staying productive is a great way to relieve mental stress. As stated above, exercise is a sure way to maintain your overall health; but tackling mundane work projects can be just as useful to keep extra stress at bay.  

Learning a new business-related skill or completing that big project you’ve been putting off can boost your mood and mental well-being, giving you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. 

Treat Yourself, Don’t Cheat Yourself 

If you are in the beauty, fitness or wellness industries, you spend most of your time caring for others’ health and well-being. But, when was the last time you treated yourself to a spa day or set aside a whole afternoon to yourself?  

Pampering yourself or celebrating small victories like gaining three new clients can be a huge motivator in increasing your mood. When you reward yourself, your brain produces feel good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, decreasing the chance of depression and loss of motivation.  

Running a business can be extremely rewarding, but also very stressful. The health and wellbeing of your employees and customers often come before your own, which can lead to mental health fatigue. In fact, business owners are more likely to experience mental illnesses or health issues more frequently than nonbusiness owners. (smallbiztrends.com) 

The solution is to create a sustainable work-life balance to maintain good mental health. Scheduling personal time, leading a healthy lifestyle, staying active and giving back to yourself are just a few ways to promote mental health. For more support, you can also speak with a mental health professional to ensure you stay on the path to wellness. After all, we see professionals for our physical health. What makes our mental health any different?  

Here are a few online mental health resources: 

https://www.betterhelp.com 

https://moodhealth.com 

https://www.talkspace.com 

P.S. If you own or manage a business that charges rent and fees, learn more about how you can do that with Vagaro’s new Automatic Rent & Fees feature.