I'll be the first to admit that running a business sometimes takes a toll on my mental health. Between financial stress to turbulent sales cycles, I sometimes get stuck in negative loops---and it can hurt my business. This year, I've committed myself to being more positive and appreciative. Being appreciative can help not only your business, but also your level of happiness. In fact, researchers have found the simple action of writing down what you appreciate can help you lead a happier life.
Try these three routines to stay productive and get out of any business darkness.
1. Make a list of what you've accomplished.
It can be easy to forget your past accomplishments and tell yourself you're not successful enough. The next time you're feeling less than positive, grab a pen and a notebook. By writing down and revisiting your accomplishments, you can look back on all the successes you've had and remind yourself that there are more in store for the future.
Once a month, sit down and update your list with the things you're proud to have accomplished. Then write down your goals for the next month. This exercise can help put things in perspective. Last week, I wrote down what I had recently accomplished and went from feeling down to feeling proud.
2. Write down what you're thankful for in your life.
There are times where I'm a Negative Nancy and wallow in self-defeat. And this rings true for many business owners. One morning routine I've started recently is to remind myself what I'm thankful for in my life.
I have my health, my family, and a roof over my head. Simply reminding myself of these things can pull me up and back into productivity. Each morning, write down three things you are thankful for that day and see how it quickly puts the sparkle back in your eyes. This month, I've vowing to do this daily to turn my negativity around.
3. Reach out to the people in your life who support you.
Every entrepreneur needs a support system. The next time you're feeling down, reach out to those who support and love you. Hop on a call or meet a friend for coffee, and you're likely to feel recharged and inspired. The next time you're dwelling on your own problems, think about how you can help a friend instead. Simply sending a friend "Hey, it's been a while--would love to catch up!" can lead to both inspiration and positivity. Support your friends and they'll support you.
Everyone can feel down from time to time. Try these exercises to bring you back to business productivity.