Welcome to the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the peak industry body representing Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. There are 4000 individually owned and operated newsagencies in the country and together they make up Australia's largest retail and home delivery group.
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ALNA Membership

Through strength and size, the ALNA has the necessary means to achieve outcomes difficult to achieve by a single business.

For just $876 per annum*, your ALNA membership gives you access to industry representation, complimentary advice on industrial relations and leasing matters, discounts on insurance, access to accredited industry training courses, and so much more.

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*Membership prices vary by state. Membership fee is capped at $876 per annum.

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How to Keep Mentally Healthy

Running your own business can be hugely rewarding, but for many small business owners having sole responsibility for the company's success or failure, cash flow and people management can take its toll.

While you might feel responsible to look after anyone that works for you it's also essential that you look after yourself - particularly during stressful times and pressurised situations. Self-care is especially important for sole traders, who can't draw on the social and practical support of a team.

The Challenges of Running a Small Business

There are a number of unique risk factors for mental illness faced by small business owners, such as:

  • Financial. Carrying large personal and business debt, cash flow, tax, payroll and accounting issues.
  • Workload. Long hours, taking work home, not taking breaks, demands of administration and government regulations.
  • People management. Recruiting and motivating staff, handling performance problems and dismissals, conflict resolution, customer relations.
  • External conditions. Variability in demand for products and services due to social, economic and environmental changes.
  • Lack of self-care. Blurring of boundaries between home and work, finding it difficult to separate yourself from your work and not taking time out for yourself.

Health Risks

Many business owners say that their business is their life, or that it is impossible to find time for anything else. It won't be surprising to know that excessive and ongoing job stress, and working long hours will eventually take its toll on your health and can result in:

  • Poor mental health, such as anxiety and depression
  • Increased work-family conflict
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Burnout
  • Worry and irritability
  • Increased rate of injury

How to Keep Mentally Healthy

Effectively managing stress will often depend on how much control we have over the source. A combination of the following approaches has been shown to work well - the key is to find out what works best for you.

  • Try and manage your stress and look for warning signs
  • Talk about what's going on
  • Relaxation
  • Celebrate success
  • Exercise and sleep

This information is supplied by Heads Up. For more information go to www.headsup.org.au

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