Feeling like you’re on the brink of burnout? You’re certainly not alone. Stress is at an all-time high among business owners in the 2020s, and rates of burnout are increasing across many industries. Thankfully, there are some easy methods you can use to mitigate stress without slowing down your success. Below, you will find five easy, stress-reducing strategies you can implement today.
Perfect Your Working Space
Where you work has such a huge impact on your emotional well-being as an entrepreneur. Sometimes, the buzz and busyness of a coffee shop are the ideal backdrop for inspiring creativity. However, you also need quieter, more controlled spaces for more intense, demanding work.
For a cost-effective solution, consider serviced offices for entrepreneurs or a sound-proofed home office. If you’re lucky, the libraries in your area may offer bookable private rooms you can use for free. Whichever option you choose, the idea is to ensure you always have access to a quiet space in which you can minimize stress and maximize productivity.
Organize for Daily Satisfaction
Business owners usually have an endless to-do list and daily fires to put out – it’s just part and parcel of being an entrepreneur. To avoid burnout, focus on finding daily satisfaction. Use a digital calendar and color-code tasks to tackle the most urgent first.
Take a minute to celebrate every completed task. It may seem trivial, but it’ll give you a much-needed sense of achievement, making the rest of your workload feel more manageable.
During the height of the pandemic, one of the biggest issues many people faced was an inability to unplug after work. Working and playing in the same place can blend the boundaries between the two, leading to the feeling of always being on-call.
To create a healthy separation, set a specific time to finish work, communicate this to clients, and turn off work notifications. You can also use fun cues like your favorite scent or song to signal the end of the work day – whatever it takes to let your brain know it’s time to switch into relax mode.
Address Your Mental Health
Research suggests that entrepreneurs are more predisposed to mental health challenges than the general population. You might be feeling stressed, which is common amongst entrepreneurs, but is there more going on?
Anger, sleep troubles, changes in eating habits, loss of enjoyment in life, and overwhelming emotions could indicate something more serious. The good news is that with support from your doctor, a therapist, and your loved ones, you can manage these issues and start feeling better.
If you feel like you might be nearing burnout, taking steps to recover is essential. Drop any toxic hustle culture habits, and seek professional support as early as possible can save you from long-term harm.
Get Some Sleep
More than one in three Americans get less than the ideal amount of sleep every night (with that ideal being seven or more hours). Entrepreneurs often pride themselves on getting just a few hours a night and using copious amounts of coffee to get by.
Unfortunately, this approach can only last so long. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, struggling with slow thinking, and fighting against a reduced attention span. Your memory may also suffer, and you can look forward to a whole heap of physical symptoms too.
If you want to avoid burnout and handle your stressors more effectively, commit to getting a good night’s sleep each and every night.
As an entrepreneur, you will get stressed, but with the tips above, things can be a little more ‘ahhh’ and a little less ‘arghh’.