Your strained business relationship with your partners has finally collapsed, and you have decided to leave the business. While you thought stepping down would allow you to break away cleanly, you’ve become embroiled in a legal battle over what you are owed. You’ve started losing sleep, you’re irritable during the day—and your family members look at you differently. Should you just give in to your partners in order to leave them behind?
Five Ways to Manage the Stress of a Business Lawsuit
A business breakup can have the same emotional toll as any other dissolved relationship, and can be very stressful for everyone involved. While you are right to fight for the income and company benefits you have lost, it is important not to dwell on the negative aspects in order to avoid undue stress. Here are a few things partners can do to reduce stress until their cases are resolved:
- Remember not to take it personally. Broken partnerships often lead to hurt feelings, bruised egos, and severed friendships—so it can be hard not to think that the actions taken in court aren’t personal. If you deal openly and honestly with your former partners (avoiding angry or irrelevant statements), you are more likely to get what you want, and maintain your professional standing with your peers.
- Get your exercise. Taking care of your body may be the furthest thing from your mind, but exercise is vital to helping both your mind and body relax. Stress places the body into a constant state of “fight or flight,” placing strain on the heart, muscles, and brain. Walking, running, yoga, or regular exercise classes can help you sleep, prevent depression, and allow you to remain calm in meetings and concentrate on tasks.
- Take work breaks. When you become part of a lawsuit, you may find that coping with the demands of your case can become a job in itself. It may not seem possible to cope with the extra workload, but it is much easier (and less stressful) to concentrate on your business and let your attorney advise you on your case.
- Avoid social media. If your business relationships and friendships are intertwined, it is best to stay away from Facebook, Twitter, or other social media—especially if your emotions aren’t fully under control. What your friends are saying online can add to your stress level, while any responses you post can be used against you later.
- Reevaluate your work/life balance. Spending some extra time with your family can help you discover what you really hope to achieve, both in life and in business. Whether you choose to open your own practice, invest in another business, or change professions completely, leaving a business venture can actually be a blessing in disguise.
At Craddock Law, we can give you an honest assessment of your case, deal with your partners on your behalf, and get you what you are owed while you continue to do what you do best. Call the number on this page to contact our offices in Richmond, Virginia, today.