Stress Management Tips for the Highly-Stressed Entrepreneur

Guest Post by Alice Brown

When we talk about the difficulties of running your own business, we usually advise of splitting roles between founders, staying in touch with the customer, etc. Indeed, we’ve gone in-depth about what you need to know when starting a business in our article on Lessons Learned from 2 Years of Running a Startup. However, what we’ve yet to explore is how to control the intangible aspects of running a business— more specifically, the intangible costs.

Things could be going well with your business but if you find yourself cracking under pressure, then this may lead to your imminent downfall. Now, this happens more often than you may think. Inc.com highlights how more and more entrepreneurs have begun to speak out about their internal struggles with unimaginable stress and anxiety. Luckily, we’ve got a few pointers to help you out. Read on for stress management tips that you can apply to your daily life!

Take A Break

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Stress and overwork are nothing to scoff at. Stress, if left unattended and unmanaged, can lead to serious repercussions down the line. The World Health Organization has declared burnout, a state of mental and physical exhaustion, as a global epidemic. So how do you avoid this? Well, one way to manage and alleviate stress is by taking a break from whatever is causing the stress.

Now, we understand that you can’t just walk away from your job– especially when your job is running your own business. However, a break can be as short as five minutes and still be successful in imparting effects that’ll help you manage stress. A good way to sneak quick breaks within your day is by employing the Pomodoro Technique. This works by supplementing every 25 minutes of work with five minutes of recreational activity. You can go for a walk or maybe even read a few pages of a book that you enjoy. The choice is up to you. Try it out and you’re bound to see results in no time.

Breathing Exercises

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The most common piece of advice people receive when they’re feeling overwhelmed is to take a deep breath. Unsurprisingly, deep breathing has been discovered to have an effect on alleviating stress. A study conducted by scientists at Stanford University Medical Center highlights how certain breathing methods can help manipulate emotional states and help people who suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression.

So when you’re feeling stressed at work, you may want to take a couple of minutes to just breathe. Pain-Free Working outlines steps for breathing techniques that you can follow to help improve your mood and calm down. One especially useful technique you can try out is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. First, make sure your feet are flat on the ground and that your back is straight. Then breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold this for another seven seconds, and then breathe out forcefully for another eight seconds. Doing so should help you get rid of some stress until you take a longer break later on.

Plan Everything Out

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Lastly, planning everything out can help you deal with the stress that comes with work. This is because listing things down helps your brain concretize what needs to be done. It breaks things down into small tasks that aren’t as overwhelming as the big issues that usually cause stress. 

Another benefit that comes with planning and making to-do lists is that it often makes you more productive as well. Fast Company highlights how making to-do lists helps you focus on tasks without all the distractions that may otherwise hinder you.

Running your own business can be extremely stressful, and if you’re not careful, this stress can build up and cause long-term negative effects. Make sure you take the necessary steps to take care of not just your business, but yourself as well.

To take excellent care of yourself and your business, join us at Knowledge Officer to enjoy lifelong learning that helps you achieve your entrepreneurial career goals and build the business of your dreams.

About the Author

This article has been written by guest writer, Alice Brown.

Alice Brown is a business startup consultant by day and freelance writer by night. She is passionate about bringing best practices to budding entrepreneurs. When she’s not in a meeting or working on her latest piece, you’ll find her meditating in her local yoga studio.

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