Contrary to what we might believe, society is getting better every day. There is plenty of evidence that we are healthier, less violent, and better fed than in any other period of history. Many sources, however, indicate that we might be in the midst of an anxiety epidemic. And with the way society is growing so are the number of business owners which increases competition and the creative ways we need to come up with to drive more business your way versus the competition, creating less time and more anxiety. An outsourced bookkeeping service can help elevate some of that anxiety and free up your time.
What is anxiety?
Unlike fear, which is a feeling caused by an external object or situation, anxiety is caused by an imagined future threat. You may fear a spider crawling up your arm (a real threat), but the thought of spiders will cause you anxiety (imagined threat). Often, people can’t specify why they’re anxious. It’s more of a general feeling of uneasiness about ‘something wrong’ or the sense of losing control over yourself, your business or even your life.
Anxiety affects both mind and body. From sweaty palms to difficulty concentrating, it can profoundly affect your ability to interact with the world around you. While it’s perfectly normal to feel some anxiety in your everyday life, it can become overwhelming and develop into one of the forms of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are more intense, last longer, and can lead to phobias that might seriously interfere with your life. These include panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, many different kinds of phobias, OCD, etc. For these disorders, medical treatment is necessary, in the form of medication, therapy, etc.
Is the world better than ever?
Yes, it is. There is plenty of evidence showing that poverty, war, inequality, and child mortality are declining around the world and business are continuing to grow. We are healthier and more educated than ever. It’s also true that progress isn’t linear. There will always be ups and downs, and nothing guarantees the future will be better. But there’s no denying that today’s society is much wealthier than in past centuries.
Why so much anxiety then?
It just seems easier to view the world through a glass darkly when we’re constantly bombarded by social media and the 24-hour news cycle. The endless parade of information, misinformation, half-truths, fake media, ransomware attacks and end-of-the-world scenarios can be quite stressful. Not to mention all the people telling you that you should be prettier, smarter, own more things, and work harder — otherwise, your spouse might leave you, your business might go under, and you’ll end up homeless and alone. At BooXkeeping we believe everybody is cool and with our outsourced bookkeeping service, you never have to worry about your business going under due to poor financial management.
There are also biological factors. Our species evolved in a very different environment, and we’re still not adapted to this modern world. The jump from tribal life in the savanna to the high-tech city happened too fast, and our brains are still trying to catch up with all the changes.
A quick internet search will show you so many proposed solutions for anxiety, which you might feel stressed (and anxious!) just trying to find the very best and efficient solutions but for a business owner, the fastest and easiest solution to implement right away is outsourced bookkeeping services. In next week’s blog, we will go over another sure fire way to reduce anxiety that will only take minutes a day.
For more information on how you can elevate some anxiety with an outsourced bookkeeping service, contact us today for your complimentary consultation.