For remodeling business owners, there is a hidden danger lurking that is often dismissed or ignored until it's too late. Known as the "silent killer" by doctors, it festers and hides until the next thing you know, you're on on the way to the hospital. Any guesses what this menace is?


Remodeling business owners are under a huge amount of stress. They have to deal with the day-to-day operations of a business (payroll, finances, HR, etc.) as well as deadlines, pressure from clients, and problems on jobsites.

Just hearing this list can raise your blood pressure. According to WebMD, stress is responsible for...

  • 75% to 90% of all doctors' visits
  • Problems like headeaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, depression, anxiety and more
  • A cost to business in the U.S. of more than $300 billion annually

So what can you do to alleviate stress? Here are five tips that work for me and can help you combat stress as well.

I know, who has the time, right? Well, make the time! It’s been proven that even 30 minutes of exercise a day can reduce stress dramatically. Personally, I ride my bike, go for a fast walk with a neighbor, or go to the gym before I go into the office. Exercise helps me clear my head and gets everything fired up for another great day at Remodelers Advantage!

Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.
Yoga is a favorite of a few Remodelers Advantage teammates, and we’ve had members tell us about the positive results of Tai Chi. These techniques combine exercise and meditation. You may need some training at first to learn them but there are local classes everywhere and once your rolling with it, you can do all of these techniques at home or right there at your office.

Take a Time Out
It doesn’t have to be a full vacation. Sometimes, take just a day off to drive your kid to a ball game. Or maybe do an outing with your team to help everyone blow off some pent-up steam. Give it a shot once a month. If it works, try it more often.

Turn it Off
Taking the stress from the office home can not only prolong its effect, it can have a negative impact on your home life as well. Once you get home, make a commitment to be present for your family. Turn off your phone and stay off your laptop.

Get Checked Out
And finally, go see your family doctor and get a check-up that is likely overdue. They can run some very easy and non-invasive tests to take a closer look at where you are health-wise, and they will likely have some great advice of their own to help you manage and reduce stress in your life.

Stay healthy out there!