Everyone comes under stress sometimes and for most of us that is while we are working. Having a boss is stressful enough, but at least the buck stops on his or her table. When you work for yourself you have the stresses of normal workers, but you also have the additional stresses of complying with the law, the taxation system and the unions and the penalties can be very serious if you slip up. Ignorance of the law is no excuse as the judge will say as the gavel comes down and your cheque book comes out.
People deal with their stress in their own ways, but it is valuable to note a few of the popular ways to reduce stress levels in a home business situation. A simple but often very successful method to reduce stress is to have a relevant, but comic poster near-by for you to look at.
My Dad was a builder and on the wall opposite his desk was a poster of a monkey in overalls attempting to put building blocks on top on one another. Underneath it read: “You Do Not Have To Be Mad To Work here, But It Helps”.
It is an old one, but it was in the seventies and the whole point is that whenever he read it, it made him grin. Another poster he had was of a huge tiger stroling through the edge of a jungle clearing. Again inspirational. Others might choose Kipling: “If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue” et cetera or a passage from the Bible.
Motivational posters, pictures and mantras are very useful, but sometimes you have to have more, because high levels of stress are considered an occupational hazard for people in business for themselves. One thing that I like to have near-by is a small fridge just for me (but I do work alone) and inside it are treats that I only touch when I need to.
There are expensive ice creams, gourmet chocolates and my favourite drinks, including chocomilk, fruit-flavoured spa water and home-made iced tea and iced coffee. If i am stumped, I take a moment out to eat or drink something and relax by looking out of the window. Five minutes later, I feel capable to have another go at the problem.
Some people discover that playing one of the games that comes with most types of Windows for fifteen minutes helps a lot, but I would rather remain productive so I just switch jobs for a while. Like most people in the West these days, I use a broadband connection that is ‘always on’, so email is coming in all the time too.
If I am having a setback with something and the answer just will not appear, I switch over to Outlook and read and reply to a few emails. I find that taking my mind off the immediate problem for a time helps me to refocus, and I have not lost any time because I have to go through the mail at some time in any case.
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La Défense is a major business district of the Paris Metropolitan Area and of the Île-de-France region, located in the commune of Courbevoie, and parts of Puteaux and Nanterre, just west of the city of Paris.
La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district with 560 hectares (5.6 million square metres) area, 72 glass and steel buildings and skyscrapers, 180,000 daily workers, and 3.5 million square metres (37.7 million sq ft) of office space. Around its Grande Arche and esplanade ("le Parvis"), La Défense contains many of the Paris urban area’s tallest high-rises, and is home to no fewer than 1,500 corporate head offices, including those of 15 of the top 50 companies in the world.
The district is located at the westernmost extremity of the ten-kilometre-long Historical Axis of Paris, which starts at the Louvre in Central Paris, and continues along the Champs-Élysées, well beyond the Arc de Triomphe along the Avenue de la Grande Armée before culminating at La Défense. The district is centred in an orbital motorway straddling the Hauts-de-Seine département municipalities of Courbevoie, Nanterre and Puteaux. La Défense is primarily a business district, and hosts only a population of 25,000 permanent residents and 45,000 students. La Défense is also visited by 8,000,000 tourists each year, and houses an open-air museum.
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