Understandably, many business owners feel stressed from time to time. Wendy Johnstone, Founder of Wendy Johnstone Ltd can relate to this feeling. Wendy says: “Running my own business is one of the most stressful things that I have ever done. With a background in corporate I used to think I was constantly stressed. However stress takes a totally new form when the business you run relies on you to generate an income, create a pipeline, to look after clients and so the list goes on.”
The Stress of Striving for Success
“I think a lot of the stress we experience as business owners is self-generated; the desire to earn a good income and to succeed can add so much pressure,“ adds Wendy. “A new stress dynamic for me recently has been having people work with me in my business, I look back and regularly think life was easy when it was just me – though what business owner with ambition wants easy?!
“We all have different ways to de-stress. For some it’s taking a walk, for others doing an exercise class, or maybe reading a book. It’s what works best for you that counts, and some may do more than one thing. I’m lucky. I have someone in my team who really helps me to de-stress… and that’s my rescue cat Molly.
“Fellow pet owners will understand. Molly has been instrumental in helping me relax over the last five years. She even has her own chair in my office. Being a business owner can be very lonely and I often chat with Molly about things that are on my mind. As co-director she thinks we should replace our team with cats! Though, I doubt our clients would find this very helpful!”
Cat Therapy – It Works!
In fact, Wendy is in good company. Research shows that:
- 87% of cat owners say it has a positive impact on their wellbeing.
- 76% say they cope better with daily life thanks to the companionship of their cat.
- Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third.
“With so much evidence that stroking a cat can be really therapeutic, I often think of Molly as my guardian angel, looking out for me and returning the favour for rescuing her all those years ago,” explains Wendy.
“In the same way here at Wendy Johnstone Ltd we consider ourselves guardian angels for our clients, guiding them in the right direction – getting them to that light at the end of the tunnel.
“Our clients often come to us with a number of challenges which we spend time helping them to focus and prioritise, to think strategically and to create a plan that provides a path for them to get to where they need to be.”
Would you value less stress and help with your business growth? Have an initial discussion with Wendy to find out more. We promise that Molly won’t get involved!