5 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Deal With Stress

If I had you start a business from the ground-up and run it for a few months, chances are you’d be physically and mentally drained by the end of the whole ordeal. Who wouldn’t be? Running a business can be demanding of anyone, but what about those people who willingly immerse themselves in the lifestyle of starting and running businesses?

Entrepreneurs have to enjoy the grind of building an idea into reality and then shaping it into a lucrative business, but there’s no escaping entrepreneurship’s inherent discomforts. Here are my 5 tips for dealing with stress as an entrepreneur.

1. Stick to a schedule.

“As an entrepreneur, it’s so easy to bite off more than you can chew. It only seems logical that the more you work, the more connections you make, the more potential you give your current projects, and the more you get paid,” says Deep Patel, the founder of Owlmetrics. However, many young entrepreneurs fall prey to this idea and end up burning out way too fast.

Personal time is just as important as work time. Being able to set aside business management for a little while to relax is crucial for you to have the energy to go on the next day. In addition, taking that time to rest can greatly neutralize the effects of any stress you may be feeling. After all, putting a reasonable limit on your responsibilities can prevent you from digging yourself into too deep of a hole in the first place.

Keeping an entrepreneurial mindset at all times isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it’s just the opposite for productivity and any of your future projects. However, putting mindful limits on your time working can benefit you far more than hustling for 30 hours straight.

Instead of tackling multiple projects at once, try setting intermediate goals to accomplish every few days, weeks, or even months. That way, you can still feel a sense of progression without tiring out.

2. Surround yourself with help.

There’s a certain strength in numbers, especially when tackling stress. When you’re all alone, those feelings are seemingly magnified and can be tough to face. However, taking the proper precautions and surrounding yourself with a support structure can prevent the brunt of any effects stress may have.

As an entrepreneur, independence is a valued quality. However, no matter how good you are at running a business, taking on new projects is a taxing affair, especially if you’re going at it alone. Do yourself and your business a favor and hire help. Assistants, consultants, anyone who can decrease your individual burden will do.

You may be uncomfortable trusting your ideas in the hands of others, but, at the end of the day, having even the smallest bit of help will reduce the amount of stress you feel. Besides, collaboration is just more efficient and also prevents potential burnout.

3. Decompress.

As I mentioned above, neglecting your health for the sake of doing more business is one of the number one causes for such extreme stress. Incorporating some level of personal time into your schedule can do wonders for any battles with anxiety you may have while dealing with your budding businesses. But what are the best ways to decompress when you finally have that much-needed personal time?

When you have the time, you should consider involving yourself in activities like exercise, running, painting, music, and others. What’s so special about these activities is that encourage better health and creativity, two things that will greatly increase the quality of your life at all times.

On one hand, your personal time will be spent with relaxing or rejuvenating activities that will leave you feeling refreshed after long hours behind the computer or taking phone calls. On the other hand, your work time will be that much less stressful because you’ll have given yourself enough energy to give it your all again. Everyone should try to incorporate these activities or similar engagements in their schedule. If you don’t have time, you’re probably working too


4. Take precautions.

There are other precautions entrepreneurs can take besides hiring assistants and advisors. There are always other concerns to consider, like legal protection, backups for assets, advertising, and so on. Making the necessary investments in these areas up front ensures much less suffering later on. Even if you think you can go without a few things here or there, the bottom line is that investing in making your business’s stability will give you more peace of mind later and combat potential

stress you may feel down the road.

5. All part of the job.

There is one final truth to entrepreneurial stress. Despite everything I’ve said so far, there’s nothing you can do to completely avoid stress. The second business becomes a serious part of your life, it’s all part of the job. You’ll have doubts, and you may not know the right course of action every time. No one ever said being an entrepreneur was easy.

However, with that information in your hands, who says you have to let stress stop you? Sure, you’ll have occasional stresses, but that’s true of any path you take. As long as you at least consider some of the advice I’ve laid out and you don’t swamp yourself in work, even stress can’t hold you back from making your ambitions into reality.


Jason Friedman has 13+ years of safety professional and also in that time managed five figure monthly PPC account and SEO for safety consulting firm. His knowledge comes from real world hands on results.

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