Any entrepreneur knows that stress is common affliction. It can take a very negative toll on our health, well-being, and overall happiness — and severely impact the success of our businesses. Everyone handles stress differently. It can rear it’s ugly head in the form of nervous “butterflies”, over or under eating, or sleepless nights. There are a lot of things in life that can make us feel overwhelmed, such as money, work, and relationships. While we can’t always change the things that cause stress, there are many things we can control that can help us de-stress. Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier:
1. Stop Procrastinating
At work, do you always feel like you’re working furiously, in fear that you’ll miss a deadline? Yes, certain projects just pop out of nowhere but for things we know about well in advance, don’t wait until the last minute to do them. Work them into your schedule so you’re not stressing yourself out the night before trying to finish it.
Clutter and mess can cause a lot more stress than you think. Have you ever forgotten where you put something? And then do you have trouble finding it because you have so much stuff to look through? If so, it’s time to organize. De-clutter your life and throw away anything that you don’t need or don’t plan on using within the next 6 months. Having less clutter will make you feel more organized. It’ll also save you time.
3. Plan ahead
Sometimes, a little spontaneity is good. But you have to pair that with a little forward thinking. Take the guess work out of your schedule. Not knowing what’s to come can cause unnecessary stress. Plan your week in advance and make a to-do list. You’ll know exactly what you need to get done and the amount of time you have to do it.
4. Work in some personal time
Work and other obligations can take up a lot of our time and sometimes, we can forget to work in a little personal time for ourselves. Many of us don’t make it a priority but we should. Having some free time to ourselves can really make us feel more relaxed and overall, happier. Spending a couple hours a week doing anything you like to do will help clear up your mind.
5. Stop worrying
A big part of stress has to do with mindset. Do you think of the glass as half full or half empty? Even if you can’t change your environment, you can change your way of thinking. Try to find the positive in everything. There is only so much you do do. After that, you have to let go and let the pieces fall where they may. Stop worrying and start living.