Manage entrepreneurial stress with these 5 tips

September 2, 2014

Manage entrepreneurial stress with these 5 tips

If you’re an entrepreneur, you know that life can get pretty stressful. There are so many things to do, so many things to keep track of, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.

In addition, especially when you’re just starting out, finances can be tight. All these factors combined can cause a lot of stress. You may start to worry about not being able to do what you need to do, and also about running out of money. As you get less done, you get more stressed.

Positive ways of dealing with stress

Everyone copes with stress differently. There are positive and negative ways of dealing with stress. Here is a list of positive ways in which you can deal with stress that will help you grow your business.

1. Take breaks.

Be good to yourself and take time to do things you enjoy, such as listening to music, watching a movie, or going out with friends. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business be. Make sure to take time for yourself and make the process of building your business enjoyable by doing activities you enjoy. This will help make the process less stressful.

2. Keep a regular schedule.

Set aside blocks of time for work, breaks, eating, and sleeping. Having a regular schedule will make you more productive because you will work a set number of hours each day, taking baby steps daily to build your business.

Having a schedule doesn’t mean you have to stick to it religiously, but it will help you be more disciplined in accomplishing the tasks you need to get done. Working a little bit daily on your business will help to reduce stress levels because it will make you feel that you’re moving forward, even if you don’t see success right away.

3. Eat a balanced diet.

Eat a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. Your health is your greatest wealth. Take care of your body with nutritious food and it will perform better under pressure. A balanced diet will help you maintain a positive mood as well, which will help you especially in times of stress.

4. Exercise daily.

Regular exercise improves circulation to the body as well as the brain. It will improve your mood, make you feel empowered, and maybe even give you some great ideas for your business.

5. Connect with people.

Get out and meet people, especially fellow entrepreneurs. Make friends and build a support network for yourself. Isolation can make you feel depressed. Interacting with people who have similar challenges and goals makes you feel part of a community and may even help you grow your business!

Being an entrepreneur can be stressful, but it can also be tremendously rewarding and fulfilling. Pursuing your dreams takes a lot of courage. Following these tips for reducing stress will help you enjoy the incredible journey you’re on.

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Author

Lina Mockus

Lina Mockus, ND, is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She enjoys treating a wide variety of patients. Her special interests are in healthy aging, mental health, pain management, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal concerns, and weight loss. She believes in combining traditional healing methods with modern scientific methods to safely and effectively balance physical and mental wellbeing and improve quality of life. More information is on Lina's website and her Facebook page.