4 Tips for Dealing with Stress As An Entrepreneur
April is Stress Awareness Month and we’ve written an article with 4 simple steps you can take to reduce stress in your life.
1. Set Goals That Are Realistic
When running your own business, it can be easy to overwhelm yourself with a to-do list 1 mile long. When feelings of being overwhelmed and frustrated start to set in, it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate your goals and expectations.
Instead of taking on everything all at once with no real plan to accomplish them, try to focus on the things you can control and set realistic goals that will help reduce stress in your life. You can easily accomplish these goals by developing a plan of action and establishing deadlines. This way of managing your workload is a great tool for minimizing stress and setting yourself up for success.
Tips for setting goals:
- Pick goals you’re passionate about
- Be specific with your goals
- Write your goals down
- Tell others about your goals – this speaks to accountability
- Prioritize one goal at a time – rewarding yourself along the way
- Set deadlines for each goal – having a clear outline and realistic timeframe will allow you time to work effectively
- Evaluate your goals – what you’ve accomplished, what you haven’t
- Stay positive
Once you have a goal set up and a plan on how you’ll achieve it, you’ll find that the simple task of working towards your goals comforting. It’s important to make sure you’re giving yourself an appropriate amount of time to complete each goal. Setting each goal, whether they are short or long-term will help clear a path forward and reduce stress.
2. Give Yourself Your Elevator Pitch
As a business owner, you need to get used to selling yourself to potential clients. A good elevator pitch is a go-to business tool for everyone. In times of stress, we can start to doubt ourselves and our abilities. This is when having a good elevator pitch can come in handy.
Everyone experiences self-doubt and while self-doubt can be healthy in some situations, it’s important to recognise when feelings of being overwhelmed start to take over. When this happens, it’s important to remind yourself of what you do well.
An elevator pitch is a short explanation of what you do professionally, the value you provide, and how you deliver that value. It’s brief – about 30 seconds and it should have the ability to convince your audience of your worth. Give yourself your current elevator pitch – does it tell people what you do, show your expertise, and demonstrate the value of your work? Remember within one minute. After giving yourself your pitch, your feelings of self-doubt should start to dissipate.
If you’re struggling with your elevator pitch, the community at Expat Connector can help! Our Speed Networking and Mastermind events are designed to help business owners like yourself perfect their elevator pitch. Our members get to practice this pitch in a safe environment during these events, while receiving feedback from fellow global business owners.
We’re here to help, sign up for an upcoming event today to practice your pitch!
3. Get Outside
Research has shown that the simple act of unplugging and stepping outside has a positive impact on our mental health. Breathing in fresh air, moving your body and spending time surrounded by nature can help to lower stress hormones and clear your mind, bringing you back to the present and helping you to relax.
There are so many benefits of spending more time outdoors, whether you get up early to watch the sunrise or walk to your local cafe for your morning coffee, there are endless ways you can increase your time spent outdoors and improve your wellbeing.
Spending time outdoors is also a great way to explore your city, by finding local hiking trails, coastal walks or even bike rides, all will help you interact with nature and disconnect for the busyness of your everyday life.
4. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
How much sleep do you get? It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. During those 7-9 hours, our body is restoring and recovering from the events of the previous day. Sleep is a powerful tool and without it you might find it difficult to concentrate and deal with daily stressors. However, stress can also prevent restful sleep by plaguing your mind with endless thoughts.
A good way to manage stress so that is doesn’t impose on your sleep is to implement a bed time routine. This means taking time to relax before bed, so that your mind can unwind and eliminate the stress of the day. Your routine might include unplugging for the day, going for a walk, doing some yoga or taking a hot bath before bed. Perhaps it’s turning off electronics or email at a certain time in the evening. Whatever you choose, a routine of peaceful activities can help release physical tension and encourage the onset of sleep.