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Entrepreneurship and stress: How to prevent burnout

Entrepreneurship has many challenges and often the hard work and constant stress take over which leads to complete burnout and physical and mental inability to continue the work process. It is tough and exhausting to run a startup and many entrepreneurs overlook the importance of regular recharging in order to prevent burnout. There are many things which an entrepreneur can do to prevent this disastrous situation and here you can find some of the best ways to do so.

Listen to your inner voice

Entrepreneurship requires complete devotion to the company, but there are some limits and borders that don’t have to be crossed, especially when the physical symptoms of burnout like stress, anxiety, frequent back pains, muscle aches, headaches appear. It is important to listen to you inner voice and not to ignore it when it says that it is time to slow down. Take the physical signs that your body is giving you as a warning sign that you might be doing something wrong. Taking some time off doesn’t mean that you are letting down your company. Actually, you are doing a favor to yourself and your business by listing to your inner voice when it gives you the red light as a warning that you are going in a bad direction.

Find the source

Make sure that you understand which part of your daily activities is bringing the most stress in your life. Your business is in constant change and the challenges which entrepreneurs face are sometimes unbearable. You need to identify correctly what is causing your burnout: work overload, lack of control, slow growth lack of motivation and so on. Understand what is the reason for your burnout and it will be easier for you to deal with it.

Readjust your expectations

Clearly something is not going well if you are feeling unmotivated and mentally drained in your work. May be it is time to revise your business expectations and readjust the action plan. Now is the time to review your priorities, redefine your business goals and time plans and your actual ability to turn them into reality.

Step back

Feeling burnout is a serious feeling which can harm not only your business, but your health too. May be it is time to step back and give yourself some time off the company. Reconnect with yourself and take a look at your business from far away. Taking some time off will really help you regain your strength and to enter the office with a clear mind.

Blow off some steam

Different people have different ways to do so. Some prefer meditation, yoga, walks in the nature, others like to punch the stress away with boxing gloves on. Hike, bike, swim, do karate – the ways we deal with stress by engaging in physical activities differ from person to person. Find the best way according to your personal taste and let yourself really blow off some steam.

─ January 15, 2015