Three Things Entrepreneurs Can Do to Reduce Stress

Running your own business can be both rewarding and fun. But it doesn’t end there. Alongside all the joys and the rewards are pressures that make doing business very stressful. Stress is harmful on many levels – it can harm you physically, mentally and emotionally.

For many entrepreneurs, the most common source of stress is the workload. Many entrepreneurs are finding they work harder and longer. And the pressure is different if you are running your own business than working 40 hours a week for someone else.

Another stressor is the financial aspect of the business. Seldom do we see businesses without debt. This causes great stress on the part of the entrepreneur; balancing of funds and converting all the expenses into income. Wanting to get back their investment quickly adds stress to the entrepreneur as well.

Remember that you often have to make crucial decisions correctly and quickly, and you can’t make correct decisions if you’re tense. And for those who are only beginning to introduce themselves to this kind of environment, it may be especially stressful.

Here are three tips for helping you reduce stress:

  • Start at your desk: Clutter can contribute to stress; you can waste a lot of time looking for things you need. So the first thing you want to do is clean up all the mess and put away the things that do not have to be on your desk. A clean desk will be more pleasant to work on. (Look for my upcoming blog with several organization tips!)
  • Multiply yourself: If you think you can’t do an enormous task on your own, hire or joint venture with people who can help you. Remember that successful entrepreneurs know when to seek help. Two heads are better than one and four hands are better than two, right?
  • And finally… relax: Take time to breathe and clear your mind from all the worries in front of you. Go for a walk or do any exercise you enjoy. If you’re finding yourself burned out, take a few days off and get into some new surroundings. The income you think you might be losing is nothing compared to losing your health. And you never know – if you’re rested and relaxed you just might come up with that next great idea. Or you might meet someone who could be a possible client or joint venture partner, who you never would have met at home. Here’s a blog I wrote on why entrepreneurs should take a vacation.

Soon enough, you’re back on track, better and livelier!

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  35. Peggy says:

    Wonderful article, Deidra… (And so timely…) I’d post this list on my wall, but that would add to the clutter of my desk. (Yes, I plead guilty to that one. I completely clear it about once a week, but it seems to grow like a mushroom while I’m working..)

    I do definitely need my time away, even if it’s just for the afternoon…

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    • Deidra says:

      Thanks for your comments, Peggy! I’m a firm believer that we need to get away to renew even, as you say, if only for a while.

  36. Jody England says:

    OK Deidre,
    I’ll cop to the messy desk problem. Going to look for your post on organization now! 😉

    • Deidra says:

      Hi Jody, thanks for your comment. I’ve always been one who has to have an absolutely organized desk or I’ll go crazy! Let me know if you change to keeping your desk neat and how it goes for you!

  37. MaryAnne says:

    I love it! Multiply myself!!! So much better than feeling divided all over the place!

    • Deidra says:

      Thanks, MaryAnne! It can be so much better to not try to do it all yourself but really focus on your business.

  38. I suggest to people when clearing clutter to start somewhere. Even if it’s just the corner of a desk. Then slowly expand the “clear space” from there. It’s simple, but not always easy.
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      Hi Scott,
      People often look at a big amount of clutter and feel so daunted by the job that they don’t even want to start on it. As you say, just starting somewhere small, breaking it down into one small step after another, can really help make it less scary to tackle. Thanks for your comments!

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      Janelle, thanks for your comment. I really do believe that reducing stress enables us to be more open to all the possibilities of life.

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  44. Johnny says:

    Great ideas.  I’m starting to do all 3.

  45. Lynn Ruby says:

    Successful entrepreneurs know when to seek help.  What a wise statement Deidra!  Being entrepreneurs we often try to “go it alone”.    When in actuality, if we seek out help we are usually much more successful and happier in the end!

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Lynn, for your comment. When you figure in what your time is worth, and that you could be spending more time on income-producing activities, delegating things that someone else could do better (we all have our strengths and weaknesses) can really make a difference in your business growth. Not to mention freeing you up to be able to spend more quality time with family and friends, which is really what life is all about and where happiness comes from.

  46. Very true, Deidra.  It’s hard to make sound decisions when you’re stressed.  It took me a long time to accept that I would be more productive with help, but once I gave in and got assistance, it made a huge difference.

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      Yvonne, thanks for your comment. So glad to hear your success story with getting assistance! It’s often like that, isn’t it? We think we’re okay until we find a better way, then we don’t know how we ever did it the old way.

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