Many small business owners stress over holiday profits, but it’s important to enjoy the season for what it is; a time to appreciate what you have. Here are just a few tips to ensure your holiday season is enjoyable for you, your family and employees.
Set Intentions To Enjoy The Season
By making the conscious decision to open yourself to true well-being and happiness, you’ll be more likely not to miss those uplifting moments. Psychiatrist Dan Siegel notes that by setting your intentions, you “prime” your brain to be ready for positive experiences. The holidays can be a magical time, provided you’ve put yourself in the right mindset to enjoy them.
Savor The Happy Moments
There will be stressful moments during the holiday season. This makes it all the more important that you stop to enjoy the happy ones. When you’re spending time with family or having a holiday party with your employees, put your business on the back burner for a moment and enjoy yourself. This will make the hard time that much easier to handle.
Take A Break
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything on your to-do list, just stop and breathe. Take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or a hot bath. Try some yoga or exercise. Remove yourself from the daily grind for a moment and kick your feet up. Your employees, not to mention your family, need you to be the best version of you in order to make the holiday season successful.
Have An Attitude Of Gratitude
Don’t take your good fortune for granted. Express your appreciation directly to loved ones and friends when you’re with them. You and they will both feel the joy of the connection. This goes for your employees and customers as well. Come up with a few ideas to show them that you care. This will help to breed loyalty on both fronts.
Neuroscience research shows that performing an altruistic act lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain that your favorite foods do. Whenever you feel the impulse to be generous you should act on it. Notice how good it feels inside when you see someone happy because of your sincere generosity. This may include giving out a holiday bonus to your employees or donating to a worthy cause.