Entrepreneurship is one of the many high-stress jobs we encounter due to its unpredictable nature and constantly evolving needs! No one can just start a business and then sit back and relax; the actual drill begins after launching the enterprise. There are teething troubles, and everyday brings at least one new issue that you need to address before you can move forward! It is when most entrepreneurs start freaking out a little and doubting their decision to embark on this journey.
To make sure that one doesn’t reach this breaking point, stress management in entrepreneurship is crucial. Stress is inevitable; however, it isn’t anything that cannot be brought under control while running your business successfully at the same time.
Let’s have a look at some of the changes one can make in their lives to minimize entrepreneur stress:
Priorities On Point
Often we come across new entrepreneurs fussing over minute details like the color of the font on the business card, rather than focusing on other important things, perhaps on who to hire or the problems they could potentially face in the production cycle. One needs to prioritize their battles and pick the most significant ones that could affect the business’s success.
Goals and Gratitude
Having one’s daily, weekly and even long-term goals written down go a long way in reducing the level of stress when one wakes up each morning. Knowing what one is working towards or ticking things off the TTD lists is extremely satisfying. Similarly, being thankful and expressing gratitude every morning can change one’s day around completely!
Micro-managing everything comes naturally, when one starts a business as an individual. Still, it is important to eventually know your personality traits and start hiring a few people who are trustworthy and start delegating. This is one of the key aspects of people management and aids in minimizing the daily stress of running after each and every task.
Network with Other Entrepreneurs
Meeting and understanding fellow entrepreneurs can be very calming. It gives one a feeling of not being alone in the struggles of entrepreneurship, and also, some of the conversations can be extremely insightful. Meeting experienced entrepreneurs can be great for putting things in perspective. More often than not, one is expected to come back home with a bunch of ideas and a positive attitude from one of these networking events or a meeting.
Setting boundaries is absolutely imperative as an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs in order to not offend or lose an opportunity, take on more than they can handle which only adds to more stress. Learning to say NO is something every entrepreneur needs to add to their TTD!
Proven by science, attaining zen mode by practising meditation, even if for a few minutes every single day, can be a life-changing experience. In a high-stress environment like entrepreneurship, it should be an absolute must!
Taking a break, with one’s own choice of exercise or a hobby, cannot be stressed enough! A workout releases endorphins that leave one with a rejuvenated level of energy and enthusiasm. Doing even one thing in a day, for e.g., painting, singing, dancing, running, will take one’s mind off work-related stress and help clear the head, making space for fresh ideas and solutions to existing problems.
Stress is something an entrepreneur cannot avoid, but one needs to be mindful of where to draw the line, take a break, and take a step back. Listen to your body and mind and take a step towards working smart rather than hard!