Being an entrepreneur can be extremely stressful. There’s always so much to do, and it can be hard juggling all the demands that are constantly being hurled at us. Feeling upset, anxious or overwhelmed by a stressful situation can really knock the wind of us. When stress becomes overwhelming, we have trouble sleeping, we get sick easier, we get irritable, we find it hard to focus, our productivity and creativity take steep nose dives, and we make poor decisions.
One characteristic that all successful entrepreneurs share is the ability to cope effectively with stress. They may have different stress management strategies, but each has a set of go-to activities to help them keep their head in the game and get their stress levels under control.
Here are 4 quick and easy stress busters for you to try the next time you notice your stress levels rising:
There’s something incredibly therapeutic about writing down our thoughts – even if we only write for 5 minutes. Journaling provides a great way to safely and openly express and explore what’s going on inside us. It helps us clarify our thoughts, notice and reframe unhelpful thinking patterns, and come up with new ideas and solutions. And the stress relieving benefits don’t just come from writing about how stressed or upset we are; we can also boost our mood, calm our minds, and shift our focus by keeping a gratitude journal or writing down positive statements about ourselves or the stressful situation.
Stretching can relieve muscle tension and reduce the physical symptoms of stress. Make sure to focus on your breathing and don’t over-stretch. You don’t need to do any fancy yoga poses (though they’re great too!). One of my favorite mood boosting stretches is reaching for the sky with my entire body – I stretch my arms up above my head, stand on tip toes and try to reach as high as I can. You could also try some simple desk stretches to begin with.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say that “laughter is the best medicine.” Well there really is a lot of truth behind that saying. So when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, give yourself permission to take a time-out and watch a funny YouTube video, call up a friend who always makes you laugh, or read a funny comic strip – anything that gets you laughing!
Walking can be a great mood booster. It relieves muscle tension and triggers a release of endorphins that will help us to feel calmer and more relaxed. For even more stress relief, try walking outside in a green area. Observe the sights and sounds of nature; enjoy the fresh air; focus on your breathing; and notice what’s going on around you.
Remember: No matter how busy your schedule gets, you’ve got to make self-care a non-negotiable part of your day. You are your best asset—in life and in business—so take care of you and take action when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
Which of these stress busters are you going to try? Let me know in the comments. 🙂