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Take care of yourself in order to take care of your business.

How one EO member learned it was time to take a breather from work stress.

When stress caused a health emergency, the Pyka family knew it was time to slow things down and take the days one at a time. Learn how introspection and knowing your limits helps curb business stress. Read the video transcript below.

Reading from a Truth Booth question card: “‘What’s the toughest challenge you and your spouse have had to overcome with the business?’ “

“A couple years ago when you were seriously thinking you were going to have to fire [employees] because [the] business was struggling. And then you got Bell’s Palsy last year and I think we had too much going on in our lives, you know?”

“I didn’t think I stressed at all, then I woke up one morning and my whole face went completely numb, and I thought I was having a stroke. And I said, ‘Karen, I don’t know what’s happening here,’ and she took me to the hospital the doctors said, ‘You didn’t have a stroke, you have Bell’s Palsy!” and I’m like, “What’s that?” I don’t think I was self-aware, so I started looking inward and started taking care of myself. Before, I’d get affected if I lost a client or if the client said something. Now I just try to breathe and take breaths and take things a day at a time. Different things come, and you can only do so much.”

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