A lot of things are simply inevitable in life. No matter how hard we try, we can’t be off their reach. Most of these inevitable can be managed and used to our advantage as entrepreneurs without allowing its negative effect to be seen or impact on our work. As an entrepreneur, high stress is something that might come periodically. They might be so overwhelming that you’ll feel like screaming. Since there’s no effective way to escape it, it’s very important that we learn how to deal with it when it comes.
Working around the clock can be such an overload, especially to entrepreneurs who are still struggling through the infant stage of their business ventures. Stress can leave a huge scare to your health status if ignored. Working under stress can affect both your mood and work. You don’t even need to voice it out cause your facial expression will say it all to the world. Not only does it affect you as a person, it affects your team also. They draw strength from you, if you’re down, they are likely to go down with you. Let’s take a look at how we can manage stress effectively and be happy.
1. POSITIVE MINDSET –
There’s a huge difference between working for a boss and working for oneself. Striving to make your own business stand naturally fill you with enthusiasm and positivity. But there are days when we wonder about the realities of life and business. We might get down emotionally when we look at the challenges that awaits us. But having a positive mindset goes a long way in affecting our mood and making us more productive. In fact, such mindset helps us to conquer every roadblock that exist. Stress can only come when negativity fills the mind. When you begin to see time as been wasted and the future as blurry, stress gets hold of you. Having a positive mindset detaches you from its grasp.
2. ENOUGH SLEEP –
Despite that sleeping when there are works to be done can be so unfulfilling, it still doesn’t discard the needs of your body. You don’t have to break down before you can have enough rest or sleep . You seriously don’t need to get down with a fever before you take a break. I’ve worked tirelessly for days now on this blog. Enough sleep have lacked and knowing that I have tons of guest post to write keeps sleep at bay. Trying to have at least 8 hours sleep once in a while can be hard, but it’s necessary and you and i have got no choice. Learn to listen to your body always. Stress might just be a sign that you need some rest. Have enough sleep and your productivity will be accelerated.
3. TIME OUT –
Going through life with so much seriousness and business minded isn’t the way of entrepreneurs. Those are for employees and not you. Sometimes you’ve to drop that laptop and have a nice time out with friends and family. Sometimes you need to just laugh and leak some ice-cream. Going for a time out at least once every week can be such an awesome feeling. It further helps you to appreciate yourself and the work you’re doing. If you’re working with a team, take them out on a retreat and you’ll see the productivity doubles when they return. It’s a boost.
4. EAT HEALTHY –
There are foods that adds to the burden of stress and it should be avoided at all cost. Don’t eat just for eating sake. Eat for the pleasure and the benefits it has to the body. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits will certainly improve your mood within a sec. It’s worst when you work on an empty stomach. Not only will you be stressed, you’ll be sad and angry at everything around. Food is usually a fast booster as long as the mind is concerned.
5. GET A SCHEDULE –
Working without a schedule is like wandering round the forest without a map. You really don’t need that. What are the things that needs to be done today? Write them down and stick to it without allowing unnecessary notifications from your social handles to make you derail. Doing this keeps stress as far away as possible.
6. FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT –
How is your work place? How’s the air over there? When I started blogging, my room was a mess so I hardly feel inspired to write. You know what I did? I had to remove my carpet and get a new rug.. I had to change the curtains. I had to paste new awesome wallpapers on the walls. Getting a painter to repaint my room did most of the magic. My room took a new shape and the inspiration I got from working inside my room was different from earlier. Changing your office chair or table can do the trick. Changing environment can also work just fine. There are times I’ll need to go to the park, just to refresh my being and the results are usually amazing.
7. BE SLOW –
This feeling of trying to do a year work in one day is perfectly normal. We want to get as much work done as possible. I for example will write a million words article a day if it’s possible. But we need to slow down a bit. Just have today in mind and tackle its problem. Don’t work today thinking of tomorrow. It stresses you out. Just face today knowing that tomorrow is another terrific day of its own. Trying to cover for upcoming days exhaust your very being. Don’t do that. Slow down cause there will always be a tomorrow.
8. INFORMATION INTAKE –
You have to limit the amount of news and article you gulp in each day. It can really overwhelm you. Instead, get a blog and read only information that uplifts your spirit, not one that sticks you to a rut. Bookmark this blog and read everyday. There’s always new tips and ideas to keep you going.
Stress is part of life and its effects are normal. But when it wander around too long, it becomes a problem that will require visiting a therapist. The above tips will help you manage stress. Try as much as you can and your business will thank you for it.