Being an entrepreneur can be stressful can lead to stress. Stress is your body’s response to a perceived threat. As an entrepreneur, you can attest to the fact that the demand for you to make sales, build an empire, manage your employees, have a business structure, etc., is quite huge and it is a roller coaster journey.
Nevertheless, it is not about how huge the demand is, but how you chose to respond to the demand. This is what will determine if the entrepreneurial journey will make you or break you beyond your expectations.
We have heard of people who just slumped and died at their duty posts. In order not to become part of the statistics, here are some helpful tips for managing stress effectively.
Join a Support Group
It can be online or offline. These are people who have gone through what you are going through as an entrepreneur. Knowing that you are not alone is a good stress reliever.
As entrepreneurs, it is common for one to try to cut costs by all means, such that you would want to do the task of several people in addition to building your brand. Outsource some duties. This will reduce the demand on you.
Learn to Say ‘No’
Now that you are working to meet demands, you can attest to the fact that your 24hours is different from that of the next person. Be firm in saying no to unnecessary events or activities that will add to the stress.
Get Quality Sleep
Gone are the days when entrepreneurs celebrate lack of sleep as the evidence of hard work. In fact, if you want to be highly productive and enjoy the empire you build later, quality sleep cannot be ignored.
Because of the demand to get things done, most entrepreneurs have resorted to unhealthy fast foods to save time. This shouldn’t be so because these foods high in fats and processed sugars can affect your heart dangerously. Make out time to feed yourself with more vegetables, fruits, proteins, and lesser carbohydrates.
This is one free gift of nature that we have but unfortunately, most people are to busy to harness its power. It is recommended that every adult should exercise at least 30 mins 5 times a day. You don’t have to wait till you register in the gym. Start by walking.
Avoid Smoking and Cut Down Alcohol Intake
Some people resort to smoking and drinking as a way of relieving stress. Unfortunately, they only offer temporary relief and are accompanied by long term danger that can affect various organs in the body.
Make Out Time for Yourself
As an entrepreneur, it can be tempting to always want to work all day long because you are making sales. However, make out time for yourself in between. It can be weekly, monthly or any interval you chose. Don’t joke with your vacations.
Avoid Unnecessary Stressors
The stress of entrepreneurship is much already. Don’t add to it. Avoid toxic people/relationships that take peace of mind away from you.
When in the midst of stressful situations, take out time to breathe deeply. This will give you quick relief and also help you think clearly for proper decision making.
Finally, managing stress is more of how you perceive the situation than the situation itself; this is why people respond to stress differently.
As much as you can, focus on things you can control and let go of things beyond your control.
Cheers to a healthier life.