We all have them: those days when nothing goes right. To avoid taking the stress home, try doing three things at the end of a bad day:
- Clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths. Think about the things that matter to you outside of the food truck. Prepare yourself mentally to walk out the door of the commissary and leave the day behind (even if it’s already night).
- Do something easy. Send off a report or reply to a few straightforward e-mails. Get some things off your to-do list to restore a sense of control.
- Get up and leave. Once you’ve completed the last task at the commissary prepping for the next shift, don’t check your email. Just leave.
As a food truck owner, are you worried that your high stress level is bad for your business performance and your health?
It turns out that believing stress has a negative impact might be the worst part. New studies show that your mindset is the most important predictor of how stress affects you. If you believe it’s bad for you, it will be. But you’ll be happier, healthier, and more effective if you see the difficulties and challenges you face as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than as your “daily grind.”
So think about stress differently: It can create mental toughness, increase clarity, and contribute to a sense of confidence.
Stress in a food truck owners life is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be damaging. When managed correctly, strain can positively impact the productivity and performance in your mobile business.
Here are three things you can do to make stress work for you and your rolling bistro:
- Recognize worry for what it is. Stress is a feeling, not a sign of dysfunction. When you start to worry, realize it’s an indication that you care about something, not a cause for panic.
- Focus on what you can control. Too many people feel bad about things they simply can’t change. Remember what you can affect and what you can’t.
- Create a supportive network. Knowing you have somebody to turn to can help a lot. Build relationships in both your family and work life so that you have people to rely on during those frequent times of stress.