Building a Mental Health-Focused Small Business

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As the calendar flips to May, we’re welcomed by the colorful blooming of flowers, the promise of longer, sunny days, and the gentle nudge to reset our goals and aspirations. May isn’t just about the visual or seasonal changes, it holds a deeper significance as it is recognized globally as Mental Health Month. At Fisher Green Creative, this theme resonates with our core values, underscoring the belief that mental well-being is pivotal in our personal and professional lives.

It’s easy to get caught up in work and forget that our mental health needs as much care as our physical health. This is especially true for small business owners, who often juggle multiple roles, from strategist to customer service, sometimes all in a day’s work. Mental health issues can impact how well a business does. In small businesses, where every team member plays a big role, problems like decreased productivity, more sick days, and, ultimately, leaving or closing a business can happen if mental health isn’t taken seriously.  

Building a Mental Health-Focused Small Business

To support this journey towards better mental health, we’ve curated ten actionable tips designed to infuse your workweek with calmness and productivity to build a mental health-focused small business. 

  1. Plan Your Week: Before a new week starts, take a little time to organize your tasks. This strategy makes handling your workload smoother and less stressful.
  2. Set Realistic Goals: Break your goals into smaller, doable pieces. Then, rank these tasks by what you need to do first, considering your weekly schedule or when you feel most energetic.
  3. Take Regular Breaks: Taking short breaks throughout your day can make you more productive and creative. Get some fresh air to refresh your mind.
  4. Delegate When Possible: You don’t have to tackle everything on your own. If you work with others, trust them with some tasks. If it’s just you, consider hiring a virtual assistant or a small business-focused marketing agency to help out.
  5. Prioritize Self-Care: Remember the importance of getting enough sleep, eating well, and setting aside time for yourself. Your business will do better when you’re feeling your best.
  6. Build a Supportive Environment: Creating a space where mental health is openly supported can improve morale and productivity. This is true for solo workers and teams alike.
  7. Offer Flexibility: Adjust work hours to suit personal needs. If you can, work from home and be willing to rearrange tasks to fit your schedule better. Having a balance between work and personal time is key to your mental health.
  8. Educate on Mental Health: Increase your understanding of mental health issues to better recognize and help those who might be struggling. This creates a safer environment for everyone at work.
  9. Limit After-Hours Work: Encourage switching off from work to avoid burnout and keep a healthy lifestyle. If it’s after hours and an email or call isn’t urgent, it can wait until the next day. Taking time to unwind is crucial.
  10. Celebrate Success: Celebrate every win, no matter how small, to lift spirits and show appreciation! For those with a team, this is an excellent way to strengthen bonds.

Let’s pledge to put our mental health front and center this May. By adopting these simple yet effective strategies, small business owners can look forward to a productive month and a more balanced and fulfilling year ahead. Here’s to a May filled with growth, peace, and positivity. Cheers to a mental health-positive month!

Need some support and get some digital marketing tasks off your plate? Contact us today to learn how Fisher Green Creative can help grow your small business.

Jenny Green, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-owner of Fisher Green Creative

Jenny Green, Co-Owner of Fisher Green Creative, specializes in digital strategy development, social media marketing, and SEO for small businesses.  Away from helping clients or studying the latest marketing trends, Jenny volunteers her time coaching youth soccer, enjoys a cold craft IPA, and works to save the elephants.  Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn  or email.

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