For most people, stressful situations at work are an everyday occurrence. Whether they’re struggling with colleagues, clients, or workload, stress is everywhere in the workplace. But that doesn’t make it easy to deal with. On the contrary, more and more people report stress-related illnesses and other health concerns.

While it’s easy to perceive stress as a state of mind only, it doesn’t stop it from affecting everything. In fact, that’s exactly the reason why there are so many resources to help you to de-stress throughout the day. But there’s an essential factor that is missing from these online resources: They are targeted at employees only.

How do you deal with stress at work when you’re the boss?

Taxes: Don’t wait until it’s too late

With tax season just around the corner, let’s start here. As a business owner, it’s easy to understand why filling out your business tax form can be a stressful experience. Any delay or mistake can become extremely costly if you’re not careful. Additionally, you also need to be familiar with the latest regulations, including the amendment to LLC operating agreement introduced by the IRS last month. As the new rule penalizes non-compliance from January, 1st, you want to take all precautions to avoid any issue. The easiest approach is to refer your case to a certified accountant who can help you to keep your tax return compliant, organized and foolproof.

Don’t ignore conflicts with the team

Nobody likes conflicts, especially not the boss. But when a conflict arises between employees of the company, it’s essential to take action swiftly and responsibly before it escalates. Unfortunately, most leaders would rather ignore the conflict to avoid tension and perpetuate the appearance of harmony. This mistake can generate serious disruptions in the long term. However daunting it might seem, it is a leader’s duty to deal with conflict resolution at work.

Bad business year: No time to despair

As an employee, you can have a bad day or a bad week. As an employer, you think in terms of years. A bad year is a year that makes no or little profit, and that’s the kind of things that keep you awake at night. But stress is not an answer. Instead, you need to deal with the core issue of your problems, to avoid any further complication. Focus on nurturing your business relationship with your loyal customers. Then consider what needs to be done to engage new markets and increase profits.

Poor reputation: Learn from your mistakes

Bad reviews can be destructive for small businesses. As a business owner, these can feel like a stab in the heart. But you need to remain level-headed and remember that your business may not be a good fit for everyone. A few negative reviews are to be expected. More importantly, you can receive the reviews as an opportunity to make things better. 

Not everything can run smoothly in a business. But when there are obstacles on the way, it’s your responsibility as an entrepreneur to resolve them rapidly and efficiently. Instead of allowing yourself to become stressed, channel that energy into improvements for your business.

*this is a contributor written post