How to Combat Entrepreneurial Stress
Stress is considered one of the “diseases” of the 21st century and more than 70% of the population suffers from it. According to Pablo Muñoz, director of Nascia, a company specializing in stress and anxiety control, the rate is usually higher among entrepreneurs.
The most common symptoms can be sleep disturbances, fatigue, digestive problems, nervous tic, dizziness, etc… However, in the case of entrepreneurs, stress can manifest itself through emotional symptoms, such as sudden mood swings, being more irritated, having difficulty making decisions, having low self-esteem, ultimately being a roller coaster of emotions.
Although it is true that there are techniques such as yoga, taichi and meditation considered the best to control stress, on this occasion, we would like to present another type of activities that can be performed at any time, without much effort, to combat it immediately:
Take a breath
The most basic and simple exercise to minimize the effects of stress is to breathe well. When you begin to feel that the situation is getting out of control, take some time and breathe regularly, slowly and deeply for a few minutes. Tip: Set your mobile with two daily alarms during your working day, to take a break and breathe.
Let your imagination run wild
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the place you like the most, in the Caribbean with a piña colada in your hand, eating a delicious paella, watching series or movies under the blanket on a cold winter night… something that makes you feel peaceful just thinking about it. Imagination has a special power that biologically generates the calm your body and mind need.
Learn to disconnect
Entrepreneurship gives you the privilege of owning your own time. This can be a point for and against, as sometimes you do not know how to control it. Just as you plan your days with activities to work, add new activities to disconnect, such as taking an afternoon of the week to share with friends or family, go to the movies or do some recreational activity.
Make walking your best weapon
Exercise is usually one of the best stress management medicines, applied in recommended doses. Making small changes in your daily routine will help you control it, such as walking to work, using stairs instead of an elevator, or taking a break for a walk. This plan can be very fun if you are installed in Bcombinator, since in a few minutes you can make the perfect plan to relieve stress: in 5 minutes you can go to the beach on foot, take a walk and return with recharged energies to work.
To conclude and as a last piece of advice, no matter how busy you are, find time for yourself! Investing time in activities and doing these types of exercises will help you to be more creative and productive, reducing stress and improving your quality of life. At Bcombinator, we care about the well-being of coworkers, that’s why part of our facilities become a more welcoming environment, where you feel like home!
Feito, O. (December, 7th 2016). How to combat entrepreneurial stress https://www.oscarfeito.com/combatir-el-estres/