Who, me? Stressed? – Stress Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

In psychology and biology, stress is defined as “the consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal – to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined.” As an entrepreneur, especially if you are just starting a new business, you face many emotional and physical threats. Unfortunately, rather than dealing with the root cause of the stressors, you just keep pressing on and eventually burn out or fall seriously ill.

As a business owner, you may feel as though you are never able to get away from the business. You get e-mail to your smart phone, you get text messages incessantly, and whenever there is a problem, your phone rings off the hook. Even when you are not working, you are likely thinking about your business. It unfortunately is the nature of the beast. Keeping in mind that how you handle the stress of your business isn’t really any different than the way you deal with personal stress, I want to give you my TOP 7 STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS.

  1. Take a break.Sometimes, just stepping away from a stressful situation will give you the time you need to think clearly and come up with a solution to whatever challenge you may be facing.
  2. Take a walk.Exercise has a calming effect on the human body. When you exercise, your body releases certain chemicals that are known to relieve pain, both physical and mental. Since the brain releases endorphins within 30 minutes from the start of activity, why not take a break from what you are doing and just take a nice walk. It will give you time to step away from stressors and provide a nice respite from the daily onslaught!
  3. Think positively.You may not have control over things that happen to you, but you can control the way you react to those situations. When you think positively, you’re more inclined to see the bright side of every situation.
  4. Ask for help. No matter what you are going through, someone else has experienced it and can help you get through a challenging situation
  5. Pray. Maybe you aren’t the “spiritual” type, but there is plenty of research to indicate that prayer and meditation have a calming effect. Even if this isn’t your normal predisposition, you can still set aside quiet time to just relax and reflect.
  6. Make a “kudos” file.Every time I receive a note of thanks or a card from someone expressing appreciation for the job I do or the services I provide, I file those away for a rainy day. When I begin to feel the pressures of my life and question why I am doing what I do, I pull out this file and am quickly reminded of the people who look to me for strength and I’m encouraged again by the kind words they have written to me.
  7. Volunteer to help someone less fortunate. Our problems and stressors often appear monumental until we see them in proper perspective. I have heard it said that, “a dime seems huge if held close enough to your eye, but when you pull it back, you see it in its proper perspective.” The same is true when you volunteer your time to help others who are hurting and in need. In doing so, your stress and the problems you think you are facing, gain their proper perspective and you begin to realize that your challenges aren’t nearly as difficult as you perceived them.

There are many things you can do to deal with the stress you face each day. I’ve only given you a few to get started. The key is to have a plan before the stress begins to mount. If you aren’t prepared when it hits you head-on, there is a pretty good chance that it will overtake you and knock you back. Be prepared and face stress with the proper tools and perspective.

stephen combs

Stephen Combs

About the Author:

Stephen Combs is a certified NxLevel® instructor and previously has volunteered with Redemption Marketplace Academy where he taught budding entrepreneurs the basics of starting and running a successful business. He currently owns & operates TechnoMedix, a computer repair company, as well as consults with small business owners and provides them with the necessary tools to grow existing businesses or start a new one. Stephen graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University and holds a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in Management. You can read more from Stephen at his blog, The Entrepreneur’s Workshop.

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Disclosure of Material Connection from Stephen Combs: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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