Anxiety Reduction Tips For Entrepreneurs Don’t Let Your Dream Turn Into A Nightmare By Jessica Bullock, MA, LPC, LCADC, CCS
By | Jan 3, 2024
In today’s high-paced, give-it-to-me-now, deadline-oriented society, business owners must take proactive steps to maintain their mental health. A recent study conducted by Zip-do business consultants found that 64% of entrepreneurs report being more stressed out now than two years ago. Burnout, overwhelm, and working in and on the business every week leads to isolation, depression, and anxiety. Don’t let your dream become a nightmare and stress you out more than it should. There are proactive steps you can take to reduce the stress and risk of depression.
Join a group of like-minded colleagues for support.
Entrepreneurs are often problem solvers and are always in the ‘lab’ trying to figure out solutions or be the solution. This type of activity can be lonesome. However, identifying a support group of individuals in your industry who meet regularly or are part of an online group can decrease your risk of depression and isolation.
Re-consider how many hours you are working.
Experts report that most entrepreneurs work 60 or more hours per week, whether the business itself or the administrative work accompanying it. This is an excellent time of the year to review your time commitments and see where you can make cuts, delegate tasks to an intern, or hire a consultant to take care of the items that require you to be ‘hands-on.’
Identify Warning Signs And Get Proactive
Warning signs can be many things, but a few of the most common ones are physical fatigue, feeling like quitting often, feeling overwhelmed about small tasks, and not feeling like you have enough time. These signs are red flags and indicate that you need to slow down and recalibrate. Reorganize your schedule, put time for meditation and connection with people you love in your calendar, get more time outside, and speak with a mentor or colleague who can understand your pain points and provide direction.
Exercise Is Vital
It may not be on your to-do list, but exercise for entrepreneurs is a vital key to growth for the business. We all know that it reduces stress and allows for higher-order thinking. With improved cardiovascular efforts and a great diet- mental clarity and acuity remain sharp and allow for creative problem-solving. Busy? Then, consider making it a standing appointment on your calendar. If your overall health improves, you are already cutting back on your sick days and increasing your quality of life.
Overall, do not slack in the area of preventative care for your anxiety, stress, and burnout. Get proactive and do whatever it takes to maintain peace in your mind, calm your daily flow of activities, and rest in your everyday life. If you can direct some intention to your mindset development daily, you will reduce your anxiety and be able to work smarter and not harder.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Since 2010, Jessica Bullock has been the CEO and Founder of LIFE OPTIONS COUNSELING SERVICES (www.betterlifeoptions.org), where she and her team have served thousands of families and individuals. She is passionate about bringing education and research that highlight BIPOC communities. Jessica also enjoys working as a consultant for counseling centers and churches, serving as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, training clinicians of our next generation, and teaching in higher education.
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