Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, undoubtedly, stress can cause physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. NHS outlines telltale signs that you are suffering from stress. It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to be sitting at their desks with their heads in their hands, thinking about everything but nothing at the same time. You can’t even pull yourself away from your desk because you’ve got so much to be getting on with.
These feelings of being overwhelmed can be daily, even hourly but don’t worry; you’re not alone. Today, we’ll explore a couple of ways you can get over these feelings, allowing you to carry on being your productive, happy self.
- One step at a time – No matter what task you’re approaching, whether you’re tidying your house, cleaning your car or managing your business, or coming up with new business model take things one step at a time. Break down your day into easily manageable blocks instead of trying to take on everything at once.
- Get organised – If you’re simply waking up in the morning, getting in front of your computer and tapping away without a plan, it’s easy for other things to creep in and overtake your mind. Instead, as the first thing you do in the mornings before you start work, sit down and organise a plan for you to work to. This means you can be sure that you’re delegating enough time to each task and you’ll know that you’ll get everything done. Also, in an episode of Psychreg Podcast, Dr Berney Wilkinson and Dr Richard Marshall discuss life lessons learned from an address by a navy seal whereby he says that making up your bed can help you through the day.
- Delegate effectively – As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you manage your time well. You can’t get caught up doing menial tasks that could be completed by someone else, allowing you to concentrate on what’s more important. This is especially important if you’re working with a team. However, what if you’re not working with a team and it’s just you? Fortunately, there is still a multitude of options open to you. If you’re looking to improve your writing skills, you can do so using online resources. When it comes to things like content writing, you can easily outsource your tasks to third-party services, who can complete it on your behalf. Whatever service you’re in need of, don’t get stressed out, simply search online.
- Prioritise your tasks – Hand in hand with the point above, when setting your tasks, make sure you spend time seeing what tasks are more important. If you’ve got two tasks: one due today and the other tomorrow, make sure you plan which one you’re going to complete first. This can all be done at the beginning of your day and will massively help to reduce the stress of pending deadlines.
- Practise writing – Writing is widely acknowledged for its therapeutic properties, and it’s one of the best ways to reduce your stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Leigha Banks, a psychology writer, explains, ‘It doesn’t matter what form you write in. You could start a blog, keep a diary or even just write down notes, any form of writing is good. You don’t even have to write down anything in particular. Your thoughts, feelings, ideas, whatever you feel comfortable with.’
- Know when to switch off – Whether you’ve got a tonne of work to complete, or you’re simply determined to get ahead, it’s easy to get carried away. It has been reported that over 44% of people suffer from long-term stress. Don’t let yourself get to this point by managing your time properly. If you’ve been working for a couple of hours, remember when to switch off and have a break. Get outside, get some fresh air, socialise, read a book, do whatever you feel comfortable doing, but you just need to make sure that you’re not working all the time, constantly.
A number of entrepreneurs think of success happens when someone wants to invest with them. However, being able to optimise your own mental health is our best asset. Also, remember as an entrepreneur you may have to see a few counsellors or psychologists to find one that actually understands the ins and outs of running a business.
Dennis Relojo is the founder of Psychreg and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Aside from PJP, he sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, and is a Commissioning Editor for the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Dennis holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. His research interest lies in the intersection of psychology and blogging. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.