By Sandeep Rathore
Successful entrepreneurs are hyper-active, pushing themselves to the limits. And that’s how it should be.
However, many times, business owners have too much on their plates, which can make them stressed. If you too lead a nerve-shaking life, it’s time to introspect. Prolonged stressful conditions can have terrible implications on your health and eventually on your business.
In today’s post, I’m going to share seven effective ways for you to keep a check on your stress level.
1. Prioritize Your Tasks
Entrepreneurs often have a lot of tedious tasks to handle. And when they try to do multitasking or quickly juggling between multiple tasks, it can give them stress and disrupt their sanity.
So, the first step towards shedding stress is to list all the tasks at hand and prioritize them based on their urgency.
Don’t get overwhelmed with your list. Keep your composure and rank the tasks as per their importance. And then focus on one task at a time or a group of related tasks.
As you move down the list, ticking the tasks off, you’ll find that stress no longer haunts you. What’s more, prioritizing tasks will improve your productivity.
2. Delegate to Unburden
Managing every aspect of your business and trying to do all things yourself can leave you with a lot of burdens. And you can avoid much of it if you delegate the tasks, which don’t need your active participation.
Identify the things that need most of your attention and assign the rest to competent team members. You can also outsource the less-important chores to freelancers or virtual assistants.
Delegating low-value tasks will not only reduce your burden but also help you concentrate your creativity more on business growth, thereby reducing your stress.
3. Exercise Daily
Exercising daily will not only help you maintain your physical fitness but also help you keep the stress at bay.
Whether you opt for cardio, run a few miles or do a leisurely jog, it will work towards managing daily stress. Even a little exercise daily will relax your nerves.
It has been observed that doing regular exercise daily can keep anger and anxiety in control. So, pick a physical activity that you enjoy, do it religiously, and you’ll find yourself fresh to hit the office every day.
4. Practice Meditation
Daily meditation sessions can help you get rid of negative/stressing thoughts. It calms your mind and body and prepares you for the hustle.
While meditating, you should focus on being present at the moment, thinking about yourself, instead of caring for work. Meditation clears your mind off all the assumptions and scenarios that cause stress.
And the good thing about meditation is that you can meditate anywhere, even in your office. You don’t need a serene place by a quiet river to watch your thoughts and focus on positivity. Sometimes, just taking a deep breath and letting it go can have a positive impact on your mood.
5. Eat Nutritious Food
Apart from daily exercises and regular meditation, having nutritious food is another step towards leading a healthy and stress-free life. A healthy body will handle stress well. So, rather than building a life around burgers and fries, include nuts and cereals in your diet.
Tea also has a soothing effect during strenuous situations, but too much caffeine will do more harm than good. So, going for green tea can be a healthier option.
Also, check out the stores for natural dietary supplements to replace your chocolate bars and ice-cream tubs.
6. Get a Hobby
Setting time out for yourself and engaging in a light-hearted hobby can keep the adrenaline levels in check. That spare time is your opportunity to indulge in activities which you otherwise can’t, because of your business.
Whether you want to get artistic or learn a new skill, the thought of doing something new itself will uplift your mood. You can spend time hiking and golfing with your buddies or put your barbecuing skills to work at a family party. My friend, your hobbies are more important than you think. Later, you can turn your hobby into a money-making business.
As you get engrossed in your hobby, you’ll find yourself happier and more relaxed than ever.
7. Take a Break
Last but not the least, take a break!
You aren’t a machine and you don’t have to be plugged into the 24×7 grind.
Entrepreneurs can’t afford burnouts, you know it. So, know when to throttle and when you should pull the cord. And do it.
Even 10 minutes of break can refresh you and give you a new perspective to solve that problem on the whiteboard. Go for a stroll, listen to music or pack your bags for a holiday in Hawaii, whichever feels like the best option for you.
Self-awareness and discipline play key roles in relieving you from stress. Know when to stop. Identify the symptoms of anxiety and take steps to suppress those.
Prioritize your tasks, learn to delegate them and take a break. Have some time to enjoy, to meditate, to exercise, or to paint a portrait. Do whatever it takes to de-stress and get back into action.
What about you? Have you tried some strategies already? Please share them in the comments. I’d love to know about them.