- Go and do something different - it's known that when we get bogged down in something the best way of handling it is to break your state for a short time. Do something completely different. That could be as simple as making a cup of tea or going for a walk. Or if you're busy then move on to another task for 20 minutes.
- Be kind on yourself - and be honest too. It may be that you need to be flexible in your business and make some changes in order to survive in your line of work. A lack of flexibility can lead to business failure, so don't be too proud to change. And whilst you're at it, look ahead to see what you need to do to either improve things in your business, or to predict the economic environment.
- Keep an eye on cashflow - lack of cashflow is the cause of many small businesses failing. You may need to tighten your belt for a short time, and whilst you're at it, check out whether you can have a flash sale, or introduce a loss leader to attract new clients.
- Surround yourself with positive people, and talk about the positive things that are happening, rather than focusing on the bad.
- And if things are really tough then you may need to get a temporary part-time job to tide you over. It's ok to do that - many people are what's known as portfolio workers these days. That is, they work on more than one job, creating a portfolio of work that they do. Having a part-time temporary job may just be the thing that saves your business.
One final thought - dump the comparisons. You know the ones - those where you compare yourself with how others are doing. You don't know for sure if they're telling the truth anyway, and if they are, comparing yourself to them serves no purpose to your business. Concentrate on what you're doing, and compare yourself to you yesterday. It's a far healthier state to be in.