How to Manage a High Stress Career as An Entrepreneur

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is a career choice that has many benefits but can also come with a heavy workload and lots of stress. 

Being responsible for an entire business and your finances can quickly become overwhelming and can cause stress.   

Managing stress is extremely important when it comes to being an entrepreneur. If you’re not careful about making sure you keep your stress levels down, it could seriously wear on both your physical and mental health and take a toll on your business and personal life, too.   

Some entrepreneurs might find stress management to be a difficult habit to start because of the high workload and busy schedules they often have. However, there are options for stress relieving activities that won’t take too much time out of your day.  Some include the following:

Exercise/Stay Active

Staying active is an extremely important stress relieving activity for everyone to engage in, regardless of how much free time you have on your hands. 

Exercise has been proven to release endorphins, which lowers stress levels. Professionals recommend at least thirty minutes of exercise per day.  One exercise you could incorporate into your schedule easily is walking. If you’re on a phone call where you don’t need to be sitting at a desk or anywhere in particular, go walk outside or around your house.  This will be an easy way to engage in physical activity without taking time out of work.

 If you can’t do physical activity while working, set aside planned time to exercise even if you have to break up thirty minutes throughout your day.   For example, you could spend ten minutes in the morning walking or jogging, another ten minutes in the afternoon biking or swimming, and another ten minutes at night dancing or doing yoga. You can do it while listening to a podcast or even while dictating the content of your lead magnet on your smart phone. Some online entrepreneurs even invest in a treadmill desk, where they can walk while working.   

Laughter/Joy

It may sound too good to be true, but laughter is a great, time efficient way to lower stress levels on a busy schedule. Laughing and smiling releases endorphins and lowers cortisol, therefore relieving stress. There are many comedy videos and skits on platforms like YouTube. Streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max also have comedy movies on them. Try watching something funny in the morning or before bed to start or end your day in a better mood and with less stress. If your schedule allows for it, you can also watch shorter comedy clips in between work. 

Listen to Some Music to Boost Your Mood 

Putting on music in the background while you work is a simple, quick, and effective way to reduce stress levels. Music, especially calming music like gospel, classical and even Jazz has been shown to lower stress.    

Music can relieve stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing the amount of stress hormones such as cortisol released by the brain. Listening to music also releases endorphins, which improves your mood and decreases stress levels.    

Hearing calming tunes and slow tempos can actually cause your muscles and your mind to relax, making you feel soothed and stress free throughout your day. Faster songs can make you feel more focused.  

Dancing to music you love is also a great way to relieve stress if you have a busy schedule. Even if it’s just a few songs, the combination of listening to music and exercise will release endorphins and lower cortisol. Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will list other stress release factors you can implement as an entreprenuer.

How do you release stress as an entrepreneur?  Please share your comments.

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