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Starting the New Year strong: The importance of a wellbeing plan for small business owners

The early months of the new year are a great time to set new goals and plan ahead for your business. Creating or refreshing your wellbeing plan is an important part of preparing for the year, as it can help you stay focused, motivated, and energized, which is crucial for running a successful business.

A wellbeing plan helps you to think about your personal stressors and coping strategies, so you are better prepared to manage through stressful times. It also helps you take proactive steps towards promoting and maintaining your own wellbeing both inside and outside of your business, helping you become more resilient and adaptable during difficult situations.

There are many different aspects contributing to wellbeing. For a small business owner, a wellbeing plan may include reflecting on the positive features of owning a business, strategies to improve wellbeing at work, improving personal wellbeing, planning for the unexpected, planning for leave and return to work, and identifying your support network.

While you may have informal ideas for some of these areas, creating a formal and documented plan can help you feel better prepared, and ensures you are making decisions when you are in a calm mindset, rather than while you are under pressure during a stressful situation.

Starting the new year with a wellbeing plan is not only good for your own health and well-being, but it can also have a positive impact on your business. By taking the time to prioritise your own health and wellbeing, you can set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling year. Remember that a wellbeing plan is not a one-time thing and requires continuous effort and revaluating. It is important to check in with yourself, your progress and adjust as needed.

All registered users of Ahead for Business can create a wellbeing plan and set automated reminders to re-visit the plan at a time that suits them.

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