Statistics Canada calls for participants in new survey

By Samantha Garner | April 18, 2020

Statistics Canada is asking small business owners to participate in a new survey, Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. The aim of this survey is to measure how COVID-19 has impacted businesses in Canada so far.

Click here for more information or to take the survey.

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Small business blog posts we liked this week

By Samantha Garner | April 11, 2020

We hope you and yours are safe and healthy!

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Tips for dealing with stress in uncertain times

By Samantha Garner | April 4, 2020

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Being an entrepreneur can be stressful anyway, let alone during a time like our current COVID-19 pandemic. As a small business owner, you’re likely under a fair amount of stress and anxiety. Here are some ways you can help reduce your stress and anxiety in uncertain times.

Exercise

You don’t have to suddenly start an at-home weight-training routine if that’s not what you’re used to, but exercise is proven to reduce stress. Take a few minutes to do whatever movement works for you, whether it’s yoga, the treadmill in your basement, or going for a walk around the block if you can do so while maintaining social distancing. Check out our post on exercises you can do at your desk.

Try “box breathing”

Studies suggest that breathing deeply from your diaphragm, instead of shallowly from the top of your lungs, can calm and regulate the autonomic nervous system.

Box breathing, or square breathing, is a method of deep, focused breathing that can help you feel a little better almost right away. Check out Healthline’s site for tips on box breathing for beginners and experts alike.

Open up to someone

We’re all experiencing stress, but the good thing about that is we can all relate to each other. Don’t feel you have to go through this alone, or that you shouldn’t feel stressed because others have it worse. This is an unprecedented time, and there is no one “right” way to behave. So, with that said, call, text, or video chat with a friend or loved one who you can trust. Even the act of talking about your feelings can help to relieve them.

Reduce your exposure to media

With our 24-hour news cycle, endless social media outlets, and the rapidly-changing nature of the pandemic, it can feel like you have to be plugged in at all times. However, this can lead to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. It’s important to stay informed, but don’t feel you have to have your eyes on the news at all times. Let yourself check in now and then, and then move on to something else.

Allow yourself to do things you enjoy

Letting yourself unwind and enjoy a pleasurable activity without guilt can go miles in reducing your stress and anxiety. In fact, activities such as colouring and watching comedies can be good for your mental health – so they’re not frivolous at all!

Most importantly – be gentle with yourself. We’re all feeling unsettled and confused right now, and nobody expects you to be perfect. These aren’t normal times, so don’t expect your life to be exactly the way it used to be. Stay informed and follow the guidelines given for flattening the curve, but take the time to check in with yourself and make your mental health a priority.

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Mental health when working from home

By Samantha Garner | March 28, 2020

Working from home can be a rewarding and fulfilling pathway to entrepreneurship for many. However, sometimes entrepreneurs working from home can feel isolated or disconnected from colleagues and others. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home who may not be used to it. It can take a toll on our mental health if we don’t have proper support or connection.

The Globe & Mail recently shared some mental health tips when working from home, from Shrad Rao, the founder of remote company Waypoint. In the article, Rao says:

As a company that’s worked 100-per-cent remotely since day one, we’ve learned some important lessons about staying mentally healthy while getting the job done from home. Our solutions may not work for your company, but if you can take any positive from our experiences, then we’re all better off for it.

Visit the Globe & Mail’s site for the full article with mental health tips from a remote company.

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COVID-19 resources for small business

By Samantha Garner | March 21, 2020

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At GoForth, we’re proud to partner with so many fantastic organizations across Canada. Our wonderful partner Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada has compiled a useful page of COVID-19 updates and resources for businesses and individuals.

Click here to find resources for small businesses and individuals in the wake of coronavirus.

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