Stress is normal when running a business, but can unfortunately grow to be a major issue for many entrepreneurs. Excessive or overwhelming levels of stress can interfere with one’s productivity and have a negative impact on their physical and emotional health.
Just because stress is impossible to avoid doesn’t mean it should be allowed to dictate our lives. Managing stress levels is not about making big lifestyle or career changes. Instead, individuals can learn to manage their stress levels with a few tweaks to the way they perceive and respond to stressors.
Regularly seeing friends can help decrease stress hormones. Maintaining strong social connections can prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as create a sense of belonging. It can also increase a person’s sense of self-worth, something that can benefit everyone, especially entrepreneurs facing difficult times in their business.
Eating the right food can reduce stress levels and put you in a better mood. While many stressed people opt for foods with high sugar levels, like muffins and cakes, the instant pick-me-up that they provide is short lived. Eating whole grain carbohydrates can help boost productivity levels and avoid the ‘roller coaster ride’ effects of sugar.
Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, can be very useful in combating acute and chronic stress. Allocating a specific time to relax every day is a critical step in preventing and managing stress. Sleeping is an effective way to promote body and mind recovery. Making sure you have sufficient sleep every night can help you to get through stressful situations. Adopting healthy behaviours, such as switching off from work-related activities at a certain time each day, can also help in working towards a work-life balance.
Even when busy, making time for health is extremely important. As well as being significant for physical health, exercise is an effective stress reducer that can help maintain a well-balanced mental state. Exercising releases endorphins and can shape your mood depending on the activity, helping you feel energised or putting you in a calming, meditative state. Being active for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce stress levels and stimulate your body’s endorphins and other natural chemicals that act as mood elevators.