Feelings of stress and anxiety can creep on us throughout different parts of our lives, whether the stress comes from positive or negative changes in our environments. Stress is our body’s natural reaction to these changes, producing physical, mental, and emotional responses that are a normal part of life. Most important is how we handle and manage our stresses and how we work to relieve them when possible.
Let me preface with I love being an entrepreneur, and I am so thankful for the business and life I have created – I love making an impact, I love educating and inspiring others, I love helping others, and I love taking photos and creating!!
If I can be honest, life as an entrepreneur isn’t always as glamorous as you might think. With all of these LOVES, there is also a lot of stress & anxiety attached. Entrepreneurs are at a higher risk of burnout than almost any other group due to the stress build-up.
What Can Built-Up Stress Do?
One thing it’s important to remember is that stress is a natural part of life, and our body’s responses to it are part of how we’re built. When stress is mismanaged and allowed to take over our lives, it can affect us physically, leading to emotional consequences. Some symptoms of stress can be:
- upset stomach
- chest pain
- problems sleeping
Because every person is different, we all experience stress in different ways and, therefore may experience the above symptoms to different degrees. It’s essential, no matter what symptoms you may encounter, to handle and manage this stress and ensure you’re staying healthy & happy.
7 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety as an Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out as things do not always go our way. But learning how to manage stress and anxiety is essential for our well-being and for achieving success in entrepreneurship.
I’ve been rowing & doing body-weight exercises 3-4 times a week, and I feel sooooo much better on days when I can get a workout in. Studies show that exercising is an effective way of reducing stress from your life. The endorphins produced from physical activity help your body to recuperate from stress and will result in a better night’s sleep, as well. I usually do my workout over my lunch break. I like doing a mid-day workout because it allows me to get all my emails answered over my morning coffee and then take a break from the computer. I sleep better and am significantly less stressed when I can get a workout in.
In addition, exercises such as yoga, for example, can help bring the mind and body closer to a state of balance. After engaging in these activities, incorporating crystals into your meditation practice can further heighten positive changes for your well-being. Incorporating crystals for stress relief can take many forms, such as wearing real crystal rings for protection or placing them in areas of the home for positive energy flow. Adding this element to your practice can provide an amplified benefit for supporting mental and emotional balance in one’s life.
2) Take Adequate Breaks
It can be easy, when you’re feeling stressed, to become determined to finish a project or solve whatever problem is in your way without stopping. This plan of attack, however, can increase stress rather than reduce it. Make sure that, when you’re working on something for days or weeks at a time, you’re taking adequate breaks throughout the day, if only to stand up and walk around your office or have a non-work related conversation with a friend.
It may sound cliche, but sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins that help your body to recover from the damage of stress. Take a moment to watch a funny YouTube video or one of your favorite comedy TV shows to reduce feelings of anxiety. Caleb and I recently recorded a House Fur Happy Hour podcast episode about Seinfeld and how it related to us not taking life too seriously.
4) Meet-Up with Peers
Taking some time to mingle with peers either in your industry or another can help you feel a sense of community that inspires confidence and reduces stress. Whether you discuss your work directly or take some time to talk over other topics, the conversation will help you to relax your mind and decrease tension.
5) Track and Remove Stressors
It’s essential to take note of what, precisely, adds stress to your life. With a list, you can work through which factors can be removed from your workspace or life. Once some stressors are removed, you can retake inventory and see if the removal has helped to make you feel better.
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6) Avoid Caffeine
Caffeine and stress both lead to higher levels of cortisol, meaning they may affect your body in the same way. If you’re feeling specifically stressed, take care to avoid caffeine if possible, as it may amplify what you’re already feeling, leaving you more stressed than before.
7) Get More Sleep
Though stress often comes from time mismanagement, it’s vital to make time for a whole night’s sleep. Heavy sleep will ensure you wake up feeling more rested to take on the day’s stressors without a blast of caffeine every couple of hours. I diffuse essential oils at night – my current favorite is Lucid. I find it works best when I diffuse it all night to help me unwind and put me in a deep sleep.
You may find one of the methods more effective for you specifically, so try different ways of managing your stress and experiment to find what works best for you. I have tried incorporating all of these into my daily life and have found significant success in reducing my stress levels.