Taking a Breather: Ten Ways to De-stress as an Entrepreneur

Let’s admit it. Entrepreneurship can really suck at times. On some days, you’re running helter-skelter just so you can attend to your customers and keep them happy. On other days, you can barely muster the strength to lift your arms. 

At this point, it is safe to say that entrepreneurship is one of the toughest fields out there. If you are not careful, you just might get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work you have to do. 

That’s why we have decided to compile ten easy ways for you to deal with the stress and bustle that comes with running a business.

Let’s get down to it, shall we?

1. Acknowledge Your Stress

This may seem like an easy thing to do but most entrepreneurs find it really hard to acknowledge their stress. As an entrepreneur, you’re probably guilty of this too. Ever experienced a moment where you were on the verge of collapsing and still tried to convince yourself that you were fine? 

Yeah, me too. However, if you really want to get rid of stress, start off by acknowledging and admitting to yourself that you’re stressed out. Don’t try to toughen it out. Be honest with yourself.

Once you have done this, you can then go on and actively relieve yourself of said stress.

2. Take a Mental Break

Sometimes, it may seem like your mind is crammed with far too many things at once. In fact, if we took a sneak peek into the average entrepreneur’s brain, it would probably look like a traffic-jammed highway. That’s why you need to take mental breaks every now and then.

Feeling stressed out? Let your mind wander or zone out for a couple of minutes. You could take breaks to watch TV or listen to music before diving into work. This would help you to relax, re-focus and of course, become more productive.

3. Go Out More Often

You’ve probably heard this a thousand times. But have you ever tried it out? When we say “going out”, we aren’t referring to business meetings or the delivery errands you run every now and then. “Going out” means detaching yourself from anything work related for a short period of time. 

You could hang out with friends, take your dog out for a walk, play with your cat, or go to the cinema to see a movie. This helps put things in perspective while keeping you from burning out completely.

4. Exercise

Yes, I know it sounds illogical but it is true. Exercise is an amazing stress reliever as it helps release dopamine which gives you a stress-free feeling and improves your mood. Exercise helps you blow off that extra stream and keeps you physically healthy as well. So, Win-Win!   

5. Catch some Zzzzz

Some days are busier than most and depending on the work load, you might find it tempting to forego sleep to tackle it. Insufficient sleep and rest time could leave you hassled and lead to stress. 

Sleeping early or squeezing in brief periods of rest on busy days can go a long way in relieving you of stress as it gives your body and mind time to reboot. You might even wake up with fresh ideas for a project. 

6. Listen to good music

The constant ringing of the phone and attending to those precious customers can sometimes be overwhelming. What to do? Unplug work, plug in the buds.

Listening to music has been said to relieve stress and improve the mood of an individual, but listening to music you like can have a greater impact because it causes your brain to release dopamine which helps you feel relaxed. Listening to your favorite songs could even give you the motivation to tackle those tasks with more energy.

A sure method of getting rid of all that stress is listening to upbeat music and dancing to the tunes. This is a two-pronged attack against stress. 

RIP stress, you would not be missed.

7. Ditch the electronics

Implausible? No. Electronic devices are used by entrepreneurs for scouring the internet and engaging on social media for the day-to-day running of the business. In other words, they are essential to entrepreneurs for the efficient running of their business but sometimes too much technology can be too much.

Taking a break from these electronic devices could help in the reduction of stress.

 However, this does not mean the TV should get a time out as well. Watching a sitcom, series, or movie on your favorite channel could help you unwind and have some fun.

8. Delegate

Often times you might feel uncomfortable leaving the task to someone else because you feel you might do it better. While this might be true, it doesn’t mean you should pile your plate with a lot of tasks.

Give some tasks to some of your team members based on their skills. This helps free up some time for other tasks, reduces the burden on you, and improves your work force.

9. Get a Hobby

Relaxing without being idle; sounds like a hoax right? I know this might seem like the beta version of time wasting but it is not. Hobbies act as a diversion from stress; it takes your mind off the cutthroat aspect of business and lets you relax.

 Find an enjoyable activity to engage in during your free time. This could include knitting, reading a book, gardening, playing a game, swimming, or solving a puzzle. This would keep you busy as well as give you the feeling of well-being.

10.  Take a deep breath

This might sound ridiculous but doing something as simple as taking deep breaths could help ease stress. Breathing exercises puts the body in a more relaxed state and relieves tension.

 So whenever the workload becomes overwhelming, take a small step back, look stress in the eye and take a few deep breaths. This would help reduce your blood pressure and stress.

Bonus Tip: If your stress comes mainly from a disorganized store, you can try creating an organized online storefront for your business here.


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