Stress Management Techniques, Strategies & Activities for Entrepreneurs

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Stress Management Techniques, Strategies & Activities for Entrepreneurs

So, you are an entrepreneur that has come to the acknowledgment that you are stressed and are looking for stress relief remedies? Or maybe you are ahead of the curve and are seeking stress management techniques before you need them. Either way, acknowledgment of the need for stress management activities is the first step of several, in strategizing for stress as an entrepreneur.

Stress presents itself with both physical and mental symptoms. It is not always easy to identify and more often than not, physical ailments, weakness and confusion are not always immediately identified as stress.

Knowing how to identify when stress is your pathogen is key.


IDENTIFY AND ACKNOWLEDGE


Your stressor could be several things or one major thing. Determine what stresses you and quickly do an assessment of what you have control over changing, and what you don’t. At this point, having identified that you are stressed, you know what the problem is and can create solutions and put in place prevention techniques. If you identify that you are stressed but do not acknowledge how you can address it, de-stressing cannot begin.

BUILD A LIST


Make a to-do list or break down your tasks into the steps needed to attain them. It’s easy to get flustered when everything seems large, a whole lot and overwhelming. Reduce your confusion by seeing exactly what needs to be done when and set an alarm/reminder if you need to. List the pros and cons of that thing you are trying to finalize. Can’t control the outcome? More cons than pros? Easily ax that stressor out of your psyche. Maybe it is still not an easy conclusion, enlist the advice of a trusted friend or advisor.


TAKE A MOMENT/OR SEVERAL


Stop everything you are doing and take a moment to breathe. Literally. Deep breathing exercises send a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Assess how much time you may need, having potentially tight deadlines, to take a few moments to control your breathing and your thoughts. You may need more than a few moments and might need an entire vacation. Make an assessment and follow through.


DIET AND EXERCISE FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT


Get a few minutes of exercise at least three times a week. This can help you to reduce your stress. Drinking water eating more fruits and plant-based meals can help to give you mental clarity, which can help you handle stress better. Yoga is also a popular option for stress reduction.


TALK IT OUT


Sometimes stress can be handled by talking it out. Sometimes you need a professional ear, sometimes just talking to a friend and venting will do. Make more time for unloading your thoughts and socializing with people you are comfortable around. This is a great balance for the entrepreneur who needs stress management.


SLEEP/WORKSPACE SEPARATE


A lot of entrepreneurs find themselves outside of the 9-5 scope. They then end up spending hours in the bedroom on the computer for 12 hours easily, and soon the bedroom and work pace are no longer separate. This can make your body stressed while sleeping or tired when working. Don’t get it confused, set boundaries so there is no question when it is time to sleep away that stress.

LEARN WHEN TO LET GO AND WHEN TO SAY NO


Typically, a core characteristic of entrepreneurs is their strong belief in their product, service or business. It usually carries across the board and may make it difficult to sever ties in something they have put their support behind that no longer serves them well. Learning to let go of these things is a big stress reducer. Learning to acknowledge when your plate is full and to say NO is also difficult for entrepreneurs but is key for stress management.

It is good to remember that you can’t please everyone, and will cause faster burn-out trying to do everything and please everyone than trying to be steady and consistent.

 

BE AT PEACE WITH YOUR DECISION


Prepare yourself to make a decision, so when you have made your decision you do not dwell. Wondering if you have made the right choice about something is the easiest way to stress. It’s natural to wonder if you have made the right choice, on an important decision, but try your best not to be a hasty decision-maker and when you are running out of time, never hesitate to ask for help. Make the choice and let it go.

TAKE ADVICE THAT IS SOUND AND EFFECTIVE


The saying too many cooks spoil the broth, also applies to advise. Getting advice can become stressful when there are too many conflicting messages. Take from the advice only what is practical and sound. This isn’t a science but the pros and cons method really helps to eliminate the less than optimal options.


APPRECIATE YOUR CURRENT SITUATION


Sure you could be in a better situation having made that decision, but things could also be worse. Focusing on the negative, what could have been or what you want a situation to be is stressful. Learn how to be thankful for what is, where you are in life. No one is telling you to be comfortable, but to remember that your journey through life is a process. Stressing won't propel you forward faster, but could indeed hold you back from the growth you so badly desire.


APP FOR THAT!
Ever heard the saying “there’s an app for that”? Well, apparently there is an app for stress too. Voted iPhone’s #1 meditation app of the year, www.calm.com claims to help with getting more restful sleep and teaches meditation. It is worth giving it or any app that helps to reduce stress or increase productivity a try,


FACE THE STRESSOR HEAD ON


Sometimes it is best to handle a stressor head-on. Do not procrastinate. Be decisive. Getting over stress by actually committing to pushing through stress is a great way to relieve stress. Some situations just do not allow for breaks or pauses. Only being at the completing end of the task will relieve you.

 

TRY TO BE YOUR BEST, NOT PERFECT
Sometimes done is better than perfect. Quality is of utmost importance, but being too particular can stress you out trying to always maintain that standard, even when it may not be possible. This is especially true when you will not always have control of all aspects of the end product. Aim to go above and beyond, equally understanding that if your effort lands among the stars that is still pretty awesome.

DELEGATE WORK TASKS


At some point, micromanaging as an entrepreneur will run you dry. Delegate work tasks and consider them complete. Ensure you have team members that are competent and trustworthy that you can leave in charge of important tasks. Delegating to incompetent persons can stress you out just as much as trying to do it all yourself.


PLAY AS HARD AS YOU WORK


Vacations are nice, but you can’t get one every time you get stressed. This means placing greater importance on balancing your workload consistently and scheduling breaks as apart of your routine.

These are just a few stress management techniques and strategies that entrepreneurs can use. Let us know what you do to combat stress and if any of these have worked for you?

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