Entrepreneurship is a stressful journey. Constant flow of work, pitch presentations and the thirst to prove yourself can leave very little time for yourself. This leads to increase in stress levels and an imbalance between your work life and personal life.
Effective stress management techniques can ensure that you remain calm even during taxing situations. Here are few techniques you can use to alleviate stress:
- Understand the cause for your stress
Do you feel stressed every time you have to talk to a certain client, work on a particularly trying task or when you have a meeting with the investors?
Understand which type of situations are causing stress. Do you feel stressed because you are not prepared for your meeting or you don’t have a particular skill set to complete the task? Seek out the underlying reasons and make sure to address them. If you feel that you are not prepared enough for a meeting, improve your time management skills and make sure you are adequately prepared for the next one.
Exercising is a great way to release stress. A healthy body also keeps the mind healthy. Exercise releases endorphins. These hormones are related to the ‘feel good’ factor. An hour long exercise routine not only keeps a toned physique but also relieves the day’s troubles.
3. Stop overthinking
Persistently thinking about the what-ifs, future situations, differing outcomes for previously taken decisions only increase mental pressure and fatigue. Be comfortable with your decisions and do not play out alternate scenarios and apprehensions in your mind.
4. Be thankful
Practising being gracious is one of the best ways to make yourself feel good and less burdened. Appreciating what you have, gives you a positive perspective therefore reducing negativity and stress
5. Breathe deeply
Taking in a few deep breaths while anticipating stressful situations increases flow of oxygen to the brain therefore making it more productive. It also gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and organize them.
Expecting to do a job adequately well and progressing steadily with the task at hand are key. Focussing on perfectionism all the time adds to the pressure of stressful situations. Therefore try to strike a good balance between perfectionism and work progress.
An entrepreneur faces stress inducing situations every day. This can lead to poor physical and mental health. Therefore the use of stress management techniques is essential. Adding a few vacations and breaks to the mix will ensure a healthy work atmosphere, timely delivery and quality work.