Read our tips on how to minimize work-related stress as an entrepreneur.
Stress must be managed wisely to prevent related problems from escalating.
Anyone can face stress in their lives, whether they are students, housewives or professionals.
Despite the discomfort and anxiety caused by stress, it is a necessary emotion. This is because the human performance peaks during moderate levels of stress, and it is harmless as long as the pressure isn’t prolonged.
Clearly, stress must be managed to prevent day-to-day strains from escalating. Studies have shown that stress can elevate one’s risks of developing health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity and depression. In the case of business people, particularly those in the early stages of their entrepreneurship, it is vital to handle stress wisely so that their physical and emotional well-being will not be jeopardized.
Learn to relax, because every business has its ups and downs.
Be on top of things
Entrepreneurs, especially owners of newly established small businesses or start-ups, will have a laundry list of things to do. If you are overwhelmed, get an assistant. Strapped for cash? Canvass for financial support, funding and sponsorship, or look at areas where spending can be reduced. Tackling what needs to be done head-on will give you peace of mind and alleviate stress.
Avoid asking ‘what if’
You worked hard to pitch for that coveted project, only to see it secured by a rival company. You soon begin to wonder whether you’ve made a wrong move somewhere. Self-doubt starts to creep in. “What if I’ve done things differently?” you ask. But then again, every business has its ups and downs. The best way to move forward is to identify what your competitor did well to help improve your entrepreneurial skills and plan a better strategy in the future.
Try outdoor activities such as taking a walk in the park with your family.
Disconnect from daily routine
We all have important things to do, but putting aside business-related tasks for some me time is vital for our health and sanity. Unplugging your mobile and tech devices can help enormously. Watch your favourite series on television, for example, to take your mind off work. Or how about you make time for that hobby of yours to relax and de-stress? For total disconnection, try outdoor activities such as taking a walk in the park with your family.
Limit your caffeine intake
Having coffee with your contacts is a quick way to gain new insights, talk shop, and network with people in the industry. The problem? Excess caffeine can trigger the release of adrenaline, a hormone that allows the human body to be primed in the face of danger. It will make you run away from a lion, but the same hormone can also compel you to react to a curt office email. Coupled with hyper-volatile emotions, it’s a recipe for disaster. Reducing your caffeine intake will enable you to take charge of stress more effectively.
Limit your caffeine intake to minimize stress.
Positive thoughts focus your brain’s attention on matters that are completely stress-free. Therefore, training your mind to think positively will make you feel more in control and reduce stress. Although it is challenging to do so when you are faced with difficult situations, it helps when you think of a happy image or joyful event no matter how small. As long as there is something positive that you can turn to when your thoughts turn negative, it will give you hope for a better outcome.
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