My name is Jane Gahal, I am an employee manager of Bestamatools.com and stress therapist in UCL Hospital, Singapore.
The first thing that comes to most if not all people concerning entrepreneurs is the lavish life they live; fast cars, designer merchandise, and clothes among other high-end escapades that are done. This is however far from being factual as for most entrepreneurs, their time and life entails hard work, long working hours and tremendous stress not forgetting the sacrifices made to achieve their desired goals.
All these aspects can lead to stress which is why acquiring the stress management skill is intricate in running one’s business. Stress can come from vendors or customers or the employees working under this entrepreneur.
Definition of Stress
Stress is a biological concept entails the mental, emotional or physical agent that causes tension to the mental state and the physical state of the body. Stress can be caused by external situations such as the environment or internal causes such as medical procedures or ailments.
Stress Management Techniques
There is no science in getting techniques to curb stress, it’s the essence of finding a technique that effectively assists the individual entrepreneur.
1. Break Down the Problem
This step is inclusive to those who have an idea of the cause of the stress; it is advised to still take time in thinking through the stress cause. Note down all the problems that could accumulate to this stress; breaking down the issue is a good start in curbing the stress issues.
After noting down all issues and tasks that are causing the tension it is better to get to planning on how to tackle each issue setting them in order of urgency. These micro-issues with their methods of accomplishing the tasks will be a sure way of reducing and removing the stress an entrepreneur has.
It is better to breakdown the problem causing tension into smaller segments and finding strategies that will accomplish the noted tasks doing them in order.
2. Yoga for Stress Management
This technique is among the oldest means through which people alleviate their stress levels. It reduces the blood pressure in the body, it lowers the heart rate and also reduces anxiety; all these issues that are reduced help reduce the stress levels.
3. Take a Break
A lot of entrepreneurs usually attempt to ignore the fatigue and power through completing all their tasks as fast as possible whether how long the list of tasks is. This method works for some people but for others, it leads to a breakdown as they become fatigued preventing these entrepreneurs from working at their optimum ability.
Taking a break is an efficient way to relieve the tension and get the needed time for the mental and physical state of the body to regain its cores. Doing this will help accomplish the remaining tasks faster due to the rejuvenation gotten from the break period, however short or long the break was.
4. Regular Exercises
This technique is a great mechanism for alleviating the stress incurred and improving the health of the body. To make it effective in reducing stress one has to first set a routine for exercising whether it’s setting aside specific evenings or mornings to dedicate that period for workouts.
Exercises could be hitting the gym, or running or enrolling in sporting events in any local sports club; it is upon the individual to find the exercise best suited for their schedule and fancy as the end goal is to reduce the stress levels.
5. Diet Choice
When researching on efficient tips in alleviating stress the first step would be to check on an efficient dieting plan; dieting helps maintain a healthy body which helps maintain a stress-free attitude when running a business.
The never-ending tasks in business require the entrepreneur require sufficient energy which is sufficiently provided by healthy foods. The more steps are taken in eating healthy foods the more the tasks in one’s business are efficiently completed; this, therefore, helps reduce the stress levels of the entrepreneur.
6. Maintaining a social life
Socializing is a very efficient way of managing stress as it helps the person forgets about the issues that are in the business or factors that re hindering the success of the business. Socializing thus will alleviate this pressure and after a while, the entrepreneur might get a solution as the mind is back to an optimal level for thinking of ways to get out of the issues in the business.
For others socializing can also be a way of regaining back the required energy to go tackle the issues at the business thus tackle them efficiently.
This technique is a great substitute for those not interested in yoga as a stress management technique. It has the same effect of reducing anxiety and depression as well as reducing blood pressure and the heart rate; all these help reduce the stress levels in the body.
This technique is easily incorporated in the daily work routine as it can be performed in the office or anywhere preferable to the entrepreneur. It can also be done at any time of the day whether in the evening or during the day in the morning.
While we are running business in creating Amazon keyword tools, I see regularly that my team got stress much, especially when our programmers got many of bugs inside the tools. Meditation helps much in this case. Some of us who took meditation solve the stress earlier than the ones who didn’t.
8. Getting an early night sleep
This technique is usually underutilized as many entrepreneurs work through the night to finish their tasks; this might help in the short term goals one has but when looking at the future goals of the company, one might not be able to accomplish the required goals.
It is advisable to maintain a high quality sleep at night to ensure a fruitful recovery, this thus helps the entrepreneur achieve all the current and future goals of the company.
9. The art of saying no
This technique that caters to those entrepreneurs who always say yes to every favor or help required by others. Putting others first before oneself is an agent of stress thus saying no and putting oneself first is a sure way to reduce the levels of stress.
Stress management is an essential factor that facilitates the success and longevity of a business and an entrepreneur’s career. There will always be problems that will affect the business that could potentially cause a lot of stress to the person involved. Using one or more of these techniques can help alleviate stress and regain productivity in the business.
The advantages of stress management are numerous but one major one is in reducing the symptoms of stress which can further degrade the entrepreneur’s health.