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How Any Entrepreneur Can Tame Stress
Published on Apr 24, 2013
Read our article, 'How Any Entrepreneur Can Tame Stress' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
Believe it or not, stress is actually a normal reaction to outside demands and is a regular factor in any entrepreneurs’ life.
While controlling stress is much easier said than done, it can even be positive if it keeps you more alert, motivated and energized for the workday. Of course the key to all of this is not allowing the stress itself to control business owners, but rather, having you the entrepreneur be in control of the situation.
In our experience, we’ve found stress can be better handled after considering these four tips:
Where is Your Stress Coming From?
Many times it just seems that when stress enters our lives it is like a tidal wave, hitting you from all sides. There is never any time to duck much less run for higher ground! However, upon examining things a bit closer, you might see that stress is coming from a big project, an upcoming medical exam or maybe even an argument with a significant other.
Wherever your stress is coming from, don’t let it paralyze you. Discovering the source of stress is can be a big help and bring you a step closer to actually devising a practical strategy to overcome these potentially debilitating feelings.
Accepting Some Loss of Control
Unfortunately, no one can control everything. When it comes to stress, the better strategy here is to only focus on what you can control and change. The boss, the doctor, the in-laws cannot be controlled. Each of these parties are going to generally act in their own self-interest, which may be contradictory to your goals and plans (and may cause you stress).
By focusing on only those things which you can control can help accept what is within your power. Certainly, the boss may give you a big project which you do not want, but you can also choose to make the best of it to showcase a new skill or highlight your strengths. By using your circumstances to learn something new or to grow in some way, situations evolve from stress into opportunities.
Do Things You Love
Fill as much of your time with things that you love and make you feel good. This includes activities, surroundings and even people. Although the big project’s deadline is creeping up, go to yoga, take the extra time to spend with your family or starting to write a book. Whatever it is, create the time to do those things that make you happy and feel good.
Doing what you love can be a short-term as well as a long-term fix to stress. Consider engaging in hobbies or other diversions such as weight lifting, running or collecting stamps and do it regularly. By adding pleasure to your life in a very structured way, the effects of stress become much less prominent and they will seem more transitory and much less important.
We know – relaxing is so much easier said than done. However, stress will come and go in and out of your life. Since avoidance is simply not a practical option, the next best thing is to be prepared. Make sure to give yourself enough time for sleep and rest. Not only is this beneficial for health, it also helps the body adapt to and recover from stress.
There is no way that stress can be avoided entirely, but the strongest entrepreneurs understand how to manage this uncomfortable feeling. By pinpointing where stress is coming from and arming yourself with the tools to overcome these feelings can not only help you move on from stress, but also regain the energy to focus on what’s truly important, such as your business. Sometimes, it really just takes slowing down in order to speed up.