Beating the Work at Home Blues

by Filoiann M. Wiedenhoff

In starting any new business our hopes are high, our excitement level is off the roof and our expectations are great. We get everything we need to start our business and get it started and then……it’s slow, nothing is happening, at least not yet and we start to feel let down. Perhaps even a little discouraged or disappointed that it’s not happening the way we envisioned it would or worse how the promotional ads had promised. We can’t help it we’re just feeling the blues. We are constantly on our computer trying to do more market research, figuring out what’s the problem and what’s taking so long. Still, it’s slow, nothing is happening, at least not yet.

My encouragement to anyone who is going through this right now is that we understand what you are going through and that you’re not alone. Starting a Businesses or organization takes a lot of work, especially if you are starting it from the ground up. It takes more time and effort than coming into a business that has been running for years. They say that it takes usually on average at least three years to truly get established. It takes a lot of our time and much perseverance. My husband and I planted a church almost three years now and we also started from the ground up. I have to tell that it has been the hardest three years of our lives, but we are now seeing the fruit of our labor meaning we are seeing our hard work come together, people are starting to join and get involved and we aren’t working nearly as hard as did when we first started. Don’t get me wrong, we are still pretty busy but not nearly as busy as we were three years ago. One valuable lesson I have learned and am still learning through this process is that we have to be willing to stick it out, hang in there through the hard times, persevere and keep moving forward and when we do we will see our business or organization grow and flourish, it just takes time. For those of you who may be feeling the blues right now, this is for you, I came up with 4 ways to help you beat the blues:

1. Take a Walk: Whether you work in the daytime or in the evening, take some time out to take a nice walk. Walking releases endorphins that cause the body to feel happier and energized.

2. Take a Drive: Driving always helps me think and relax, especially when I’m feeling stressed or frustrated. Take a nice drive to the beach or mountains and enjoy the ride. A change of scenery is needed sometimes to take our minds off of “stuff”.

3. Take a Break: If you are one of those people who is constantly trying to work on your business, so much so that it’s all consuming. Make a conscious choice and effort to step away from it for a night, a whole day or a few days to be refreshed. A fresh point of view sometimes is all you need.

4. Take a Date: Go out and have some fun. If you are married, have children or a best friend, have a fun night out. Take in a movie and enjoy yourself and try not to take life too seriously. Life is too short not to be enjoyed.

The main point is that starting and working a business takes time whether it is online or offline and all we can do during the slow times is persevere and hang in there and run our business the best way that we can and more importantly not let our business run us.

Do yourself and your family a favor and take some time out and use the slow times to cherish and spend time with those you love because when things start to get busy, you may not have that extra time that you do right now. Hope this helps!

Best Wishes,

Filoiann M. Wiedenhoff

Filoiann is a Pastor’s Wife, Work at Home Mom, Woman’s Biblical Counselor and Bible Teacher. Her work can be found on a number of home business and Christian websites and blogs.

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