Is stress a part of your daily life? As an entrepreneur, you may have more stress than others, but you don’t want to let stress rule your life or your health — and your business will suffer. During my business coaching calls we cover stress and how it impacts a business owner. We talk about it from a “setting a business growth path” view, but it helps keep an entrepreneur sane and the business growing.
How can you tackle your stress? Here are tips:
- Get away from your desk and get out into nature. Walk around your office building. Stepping away from the screen can be liberating. When it gets to be too much for me I climb mountains!
- Look for the silver lining. Spend time counting your blessings!
- Many people work virtually now and have little to no human interaction. If that is your situation, you should get out of the office — even if it just means having a meeting at a coffee shop. A change of scenery will do you good.
- Don’t let stress lead you down a path of eating processed, unhealthy foods. Healthy foods fuel you better.
- Get a hobby. Get out on the golf course, climb a mountain, read a book. Rediscover a hobby and make time for it daily.
To be an effective entrepreneur you need to find ways to manage your stress.
How often do you find yourself leaving your office, walking into another room and then not remembering why you were in there? It happens to the best of us. We can “blame” age or too many things in our brains or too much stress, etc. Whatever the reason, keeping your brain sharp will help you in your business life and in your personal life as well. I mean, really, don’t you want to stop walking into a room and forgetting why you’re there!?
What can you do to increase your brain’s capacity for remembering? Here are a few steps to take and you can start today:
- Do something every day that scares you! You don’t have to ride a roller coaster or run in front of a speeding bus, but you can try a new food, take a different route to work, attempt to complete a task in a completely different way. If you keep doing things in the same way, it all becomes routine and doesn’t give your mind a chance to react or interact.
- Take up a new hobby. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the saxophone — what’s stopping you? Learn to knit — many people find that when they knit or crochet, they tend to pay more attention to what’s going on around them, especially if they’re in a meeting.
- Learn a new language. Go online and look for programs that will teach you to speak a foreign language from the comfort of your home.
- Get out of the comfort of your home! If you work from a home office or if you telecommute, you need to get up, get dressed and interact with new people. Stay connected — in real life — not simply on the computer.
- Read a book. When is the last time you’ve spend time with a book? If you typically read non fiction, shake it up and read fiction.
- Interact with people who are not in your industry. If you’re continually talking to and spending time with people who do what you do, you’re not opening yourself up to new experiences or new knowledge.
- Volunteer. Take time out of your busy week to give back to the community or to a group that you feel drawn to.
- Make a date with a friend and attend a poetry reading or view the new exhibit at a local art gallery.
- Travel. Whether you’re a world traveler or if you want to visit a different state in the United States, make a plan and make it happen. Even going to a new state will be a learning experience and help boost your brain power.
- Complete a cross word puzzle or Sodoku
Keeping your brain agile is something that everyone (not only business owners) need to do. This will help everyone as they age and keep your mental acuity sharp.
Stress happens. Not to be flip or cliche, but in every life, whether you’re an entrepreneur or not chances are you will experience stress. How you deal with that stress can make a difference in your overall health and productivity.
Here are my tips for dealing with stress in both work and life:
- Take a hike. I love being in the out of doors — away from electronic devices and work. I hike the mountains, clear my mind and come back refreshed. Additionally, exercise helps you maintain overall physical and mental health.
- Breathe deeply. If you can’t get away from it all and take a walk, push your chair back from your desk and take some deep breathes. When you’re stressed, you tend to take shallow breaths and this leads to muscle tension.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating potato chips when you’re in a stressful situation, won’t help alleviate it. Eating an overall healthy diet, though, can cure a lot of ills and can help boost your immune system and may help you deal with stress better.
- Get involved in a hobby. Whether you read or swim or crochet or do woodworking or pottery, having a hobby that you love gives you something to focus on and helps relieve stress and tension.
- Stay connected with your friends. When you’re in a highly stressed state it is tempting to isolate yourself. Staying connected, getting out of the house and having coffee at a coffee shop is much better than being alone. Pick up the phone and connect with a friend who is far away. Ask for support if you need it in a stressful time.
At the very least, I recommend taking a ten minute break every hour or two to simply reconnect with yourself, take a walk around the house or the office. Relax. Recharge.
What do you do to relieve stress?
With the new year soon to be upon us, it’s a time to reflect and and set resolutions for your upcoming successful year. The sad fact is that many people make resolutions only to see them fail. As I’d written in a previous post, “A goal unrealized can have the power to take you down a path of despair and the inability to complete other tasks on your list.” However, if you set a goal aka resolution and meet it, the success of that will feed further success and achievements.
How can you keep your resolutions? Here are three ways:
- Write down the end goal. Break a large goal into bite sized chunks. Set deadlines to keep yourself on track. Build in a cushion and make allowances for interruptions and meetings you didn’t plan for.
- Write a to-do list and feel power you realize when you cross a task off. Daily progress documentation keeps you on target amps up the motivation.
- Find a trusted colleague to pair up with and work to keep each other on track. Report in several times a week. Share successes. Discuss setbacks. Move forward from a “failure” and look at it as a learning experience — ask your accountability partner to help you brainstorm potential reasons for and solutions to any deadlines you may have missed.
How will you make 2015 the best year ever?!
These 5 “tips” are strategies that have made the efforts of many great people grow exponentially.
What are you doing to stay ahead of your business competitors? There are steps you can take to edge them out and here are just five of my favorites:
- Believe – Believe in yourself and your success. What you tell yourself is a self fulfilling prophesy. Tell your self great things!
- Failure Is A Lie – You can’t fail if you do not quit! Do NOT quit! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start over.
- Maintain Integrity – Have a strong work ethic for yourself and your staff. Be the compass others around you use to find their way.
- Be Decisive – Putting off decision-making leads to stress and will cause you to miss many great opportunities that you are exposed to every day.
- Become and Stay Healthy – Operate at peak levels all the time! Take care of your mind as well as your body. Rest, eat right, exercise. Realize your most creative moments come from a healthy and rested mind.
Make these 5 things your daily experience and I assure you you will prosper at levels you never knew were possible. This is a great start in staying ahead of your competition!
Suffering a failure or a set back, while frustrating, may not be the end of the world. Failure, as a matter of fact, may propel your business to even greater levels of success. It doesn’t seem to add up, but I believe it does.
Here are my reasons for believing that failing doesn’t make you, or your business idea, a failure:
- Failing means you tried something new. You’re growing, expanding and keeping yourself open to new ideas
- Failing means that you’re always learning. You’re not happy with doing things the way they’ve always been done. You want to take an old idea and try a new spin
- Failing means that you are taking action and moving your business forward. You’re not allowing yourself or your business to stagnate
If you don’t take a chance and throw that dart at the board how will you know if you’re going to hit a bull’s eye? When did you last fail and what lessons did you learn?