The coronavirus pandemic has turned the economy on its head in these past few months.

Businesses have had to pivot like never before to get themselves through the nationwide lockdown (and out the other side) – and, as we move into a new age of social distancing and hyper hygiene, the hard work is certainly not over yet for UK companies when it comes to adapting to stricter rules and figuring out a whole new way of working. 

But what about the people who, like you, are in charge of these organisations?

As a manager, director or CEO, what challenges are you likely to be facing in the wake of the coronavirus? 

1. LAck of time

Between handling nervous clients, managing remote or furloughed staff and adjusting premises to meet new coronavirus-related regulations, life is pretty hectic right now. And that’s without factoring in things like caring for your children, maintaining a strong relationship with your other half and, dare I say it, fitting in time for some much-needed rest and relaxation (which I’ll come to a bit later on). 

2. Too much information to contend with

As well as processing the traumatic events that have unfolded since March, you are having to actively keep up with the latest developments to make sure your company is a) equipped to continue trading and b) able to trade safely.

Failing to follow the right advice could be the difference between a profitable existence and having to fold the company. It really is that black and white. But staying in the loop is exhausting. As an entrepreneur, you are very much at risk of information overload, which in itself can cause fatigue, forgetfulness and lack of focus.

3. Unprecedented pressure from others

You’re probably playing catch-up after lockdown. You’re probably having to make changes to your products or services, all while keeping your customers happy. And you certainly can’t afford to take your eye off the ball, because your competitors are working just as hard as you to stay afloat. 

The post-COVID economy is leaving little room for mistakes. It’s likely to be putting you under a great deal of strain – and we all know that prolonged periods of stress and anxiety can lead to nasty side effects, not least a weakened immune system and a greater chance of becoming unwell. 

4. Guilt from wanting ‘me’ time

With so much happening in the world, I bet you’re forgetting to look after yourself!

Again, this is nothing new. In fact, many high achievers like you have problems with switching off, or justifying ‘me’ time when their to-do list is so long. But right now, it’s more important than ever to take the time to reset, recharge and refocus your mind to deal with life’s new demands. 

5. Getting stuck in a vicious circle

You might feel like you’re stuck in a gruelling cycle of hard work, poor sleep, debilitating mid-afternoon energy crashes and zero time for the things that you know will make you feel better, like exercise, meditation or simply doing things you enjoy. 

You’re not alone. But trust me – this is no way to live. And if you don’t break this pattern of self-destruction, your business will suffer, and your health will start to decline. 

sound like you?

Here’s what you can do. 

Many of the challenges listed here are common issues for burnt-out business owners like you who know they need to get off the hamster wheel and start making sustainable changes to their lifestyle. But the coronavirus outbreak is likely to have amplified these problems – and by now, the pressure and the overwhelm you’re feeling is probably taking a very real toll on your mental and physical health. 

Message me today to book your free, no-obligation diagnostic consultation, and I’ll help you tackle your biggest challenges head-on at a time when feeling and performing at your best has never been more important for your business. Business

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