If you’ve experienced anxiety, burnout, and struggle with taking a vacation from your wedding photography business, then this week’s Capture Crew podcast is for you.
At some point in your business, you will likely experience many of these classic signs of anxiety:
Feeling restless and on edge
Unable to focus or concentrate
Body aches, headaches, stomachaches, muscle aches, unexplained pain
Finding it challenging to deal with feelings of worry
Disruptions in sleep schedule, not sleeping enough, not being able to fall asleep, not being able to stay asleep
All of these can be signs you’re experiencing anxiety.
What can often trigger anxiety?
It often can be from conflict or the anticipation of conflict. A mistake you made that you need to admit to. A call or a message or forgetting to do something.
You may find your mind racing in a million different directions. It can be crippling and even cause you to feel shaky.
So now that you’ve identified what it is and what triggers it, how do you cope with it?
Anxiety can be burdensome when trying to run a business. As a business owner, you have a lot of demands and a whole ton of plates spinning all at once.
Often the best way to get through anxiety is just to take action on it.
Confront the thing that’s causing the anxiety, no matter how badly you want to run and hide from it.
If you need space before tackling anxiety head-on, consider going for a walk, getting fresh air, taking a shower, or playing a game on your phone. This will help you distract your brain from the thing triggering your anxiety.
When anxiety becomes frequent or intense and it feels unmanageable that’s when it’s time to call in reinforcements.
Medication and therapy are two of the most powerful tools you can use to combat anxiety. There is no shame in getting help and there are professionals who are educated in how to best tackle these issues at the root. It can even help you find out the reasons behind what is causing the anxiety, often it can stem from experiences you had in childhood.
Anxiety will cause you to be doing something constantly. You’ll have a list of things to do and your brain will tell you that you can’t spend time with loved ones because you have a list a mile long.
Your anxiety often comes hand-in-hand with needing to control situations. Having control helps you predict outcomes, which can help you manage anxiety.
But life doesn’t always work that way. You can’t always control a situation.
And when you can’t control what’s going to happen, your anxiety will flare.
So how do you get ahead of anxiety?
The first thing you should do is make sure you have proper time management. Once you know that you’re doing what you can, without burning yourself out, to get things done, you’ll be able to create a realistic set of timelines to set up your workflows.
Make sure to give yourself buffer time so that you don’t feel like you’re constantly trying to catch up to your list of to-dos.
Be kind to yourself, anxiety cannot be eradicated overnight. It is something that will ebb and flow in different seasons. While it’s something you likely can’t get rid of forever, you can learn to manage it and set yourself up so that it’s minimized.
Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself breaks. No one is meant to work 24/7/365.
You need to rest and recharge.
You need to take vacations. Whether that’s an actual getaway, a quick weekend trip to a nearby town, a staycation, or a long weekend. Giving yourself pockets of space to relax will be restorative and make you more productive in the long run.
The best way to take a break from your business is by putting it on autopilot. Set up proper away messages and let your clients know you’ll respond when you’re back. If you’re able to, have a designated person who is available to be your backup in case of an urgent matter.
Anxiety is a part of life but you can learn to control it so it doesn’t control you.
For more talk about anxiety and business check out The Capture Crew Podcast Episode 50 with Rachel Lee, The Burnout is Real.