A certain level of stress is expected when running a business. Unfortunately, it can grow to be a significant issue for many entrepreneurs.
Excessive or overwhelming stress levels can interfere with productivity and harm physical and emotional health.
However, just because such stress is impossible to avoid doesn’t mean it should be allowed to dictate our lives.
Managing stress levels is not about making a big lifestyle or career change. Instead, individuals can learn to manage their stress levels with a few tweaks to how they perceive and respond to stressors.
Regularly seeing friends can help decrease stress hormones. Maintaining strong social connections can prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation and create a sense of belonging. It can also increase a person’s sense of self-worth, benefiting everyone, especially entrepreneurs facing difficult business times.
Eating the right food can reduce stress levels and improve your mood. While many stressed people opt for foods with high sugar levels, like muffins and cakes, the instant pick-me-up that they provide is short-lived. Eating whole-grain carbohydrates can help boost productivity levels and avoid sugar’s ‘roller coaster ride’ effects.
Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, can be instrumental in combating acute and chronic stress.
Allocating a specific time to relax daily is critical in preventing and managing stress. Sleeping is an effective way to promote body and mind recovery. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can have a more significant impact than having a poor diet.
Making sure you have sufficient sleep every night can help you to get through stressful situations. Adopting healthy behaviours, such as switching off from work-related activities at a specific time each day, can also help work towards a work-life balance.
Even when busy, making time for health is extremely important. As well as being significant for physical health, exercise is an effective stress reducer that can help maintain a well-balanced mental state.
Exercising releases endorphins and can shape your mood depending on the activity, helping you feel energised or putting you in a calming, meditative state. Being active for at least 30 minutes daily can reduce stress levels and stimulate your body’s endorphins and other natural chemicals acting as mood elevators.