Being an entrepreneur isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s downright gross.
Let me explain. In early 2019, my health took a nosedive when the perfect storm of stress, depression, and anxiety hit me square in the face.
Keeping up with my business responsibilities had become impossible.
My skin broke out in a red, itchy rash all over my face, neck, and down my arms. My heart raced like I had gulped down 10 cups of coffee all day and night.
My doctor told me what I already knew, “You have to reduce your stress.”
No matter how experienced or talented you are or how much you love running a business, it has the potential to be very, very stressful.
You can’t avoid stress completely as a business owner and leader; however, there are simple and effective things you can do to reduce that stress, and generally make running your business easier.
Thankfully, I managed to get my health back on track (no more scary rashes). Need to chill out too? Here are my best stress-busting solutions.
Outsource Whatever You Can
Outsourcing doesn’t always mean hiring someone on the other side of the world to do all your business admin tasks. For me, I outsourced a task that ate up a ton of time (taking photos) by using mostly free stock images for written blog posts.
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So why outsource whatever you can? For one, it allows you to save money so that you can redirect those funds to other parts of your business. And two, it also frees up time for you and your employees. Remember, time is a limited resource, and you can never get it back.
Outsourcing helps reduce (and in many cases remove) your personal stress, which is probably the best benefit of all. One less thing to think about! For instance, IT is one area that may be confusing and time-consuming for you to oversee. However, it’s an essential component of your business that you can’t ignore or disregard. Therefore, you may want to consider looking into hiring a managed services provider so you have a dedicated team of experts monitoring, maintaining, and updating your systems around the clock. You’ll sleep better at night knowing you have this support and will be able to free up some of your time to focus on running your business and other important initiatives.
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Slow Down and Do Less
One thing many entrepreneurs are bad at is keeping the pace slow and not overworking. I know, I know–you want to do it all!
If you’re frequently guilty of working too hard and trying to do too much at any one time, then you might benefit from actively slowing down your work routine.
Here are some ways to slow down: choose no more than 3 high-priority tasks per day, take a lunch break away from your desk, and stick to strict business hours to avoid your work creeping into your personal time.
By slowing down your business routine, you’ll have more time to think, recharge, and feel the energy of completion.
Organize Your Day
For most Life Editors, your attention can be pulled in a million different directions causing you to lose productivity and possibly burn out.
If you feel like a hamster in a wheel (or a stressed out entrepreneur!), then you’d benefit from organizing your day a little better.
I recommend you first try a simple calendar tool or project management app to help you capture all the unorganized thoughts in your head. My life would be a mess without Trello.
Also, make a list each day with your top 3 priorities and only look at that small list instead of a “catch all” master to-do list. This small change will make a huge difference in your focus and productivity.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
I’ve seen myself and my clients improve every aspect of health (emotionally, physically, and mentally) by simply getting more sleep.
There’s no way you can be fully present for your clients if you’re about to doze off. I notice that I make more silly mistakes when I’m sleep deprived too.
Sleep is your friend when it comes to reducing stress! You’ll think clearly and feel confident in your actions for your business by sleeping more.
Those are my favorite ways to help entrepreneurs reduce stress. Take care of yourself now so you can take care of your business.
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