As an entrepreneur, one of the most essential skills you’ll need to master is the ability to manage stress and anxiety. If you’re serious about the success of your business venture, then you need to be serious about managing the difficulties that come with it.
Many studies show the numerous benefits of exercising regularly. Regular exercise makes you happier, sleep better, more relaxed and gives you more energy. Consider starting your day at the gym, and you’ll feel the benefits all day long. If you don’t have an hour in the morning to dedicate to exercise, make it a habit of stepping away from your desk and taking a walk for ten minutes during your workday. This will help you take your mind off the source of your stress, and also give you the endorphin release exercise offers.
Separate work and sleep
With so much work to accomplish each day, it’s easy to work through the evening and all the way up to sleep hours. While this is easy to do, it’s not helping you deal with stress. More often than not, the closer you work to bedtime, the more you’ll stress about work while trying to sleep. Separate your workspace and your sleep space by creating a night-time routine that involves turning off electronics at least an hour before bed.
There’s a lot of work involved in starting and running a business, so much so that you could work 24/7. But, that’s not sustainable and establishing healthy boundaries will help you to reduce your stress. Keep set working hours, and then put work away outside of those set hours. Personal time should be as important to you as working time. Another way to set boundaries is to establish some set goals, anywhere from three to five, to achieve by the end of the year. Before starting any task, make sure to ask yourself if this will help you achieve your goals. If not, don’t do it.
Invest in help
As an entrepreneur, you have a strong vision for your business and how you want it to be run. Because of this, you may want to deal with all of the work yourself. It’s important to know your limits and hire help when there’s too much for you to manage on your own. If you’re not in the position to hire a full- or part-time employee, consider hiring a virtual assistant to start.