It’s important to grow your business and make progress, but not at the expense of your health. It’s often the case that as a business grows, the person running the business starts to feel burned out. To avoid this, you need to manage your stress and health as you go along.
What happens if your stress spirals out of control?
All of this can happen if you’re not managing stress properly. Long-term physical effects can be particularly harmful and even life-threatening.
The problem is that most of us don’t even realize when we’re getting stressed. Stress manifests itself in various symptoms and you have to learn to recognize these symptoms in yourself.
Your symptoms might include:
What are your stress symptoms? This may take some time to think over, but it’s worth the effort. Your body and behavior will tell you exactly when you’re having trouble and then you can be ready to deal with it. Don’t ignore your body.
Before you start considering methods to reduce stress, make an assessment of your overall health. Simply taking care of yourself and striking a good balance can automatically reduce stress.
Make sure you’re eating three times a day at regular times. Don’t skip meals because you’re busy and consider snacking to get through long stretches of time between meals.
If you’re not sleeping well, try to pinpoint what’s preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep and then take steps to fix it. For example, if the light from outside is bothering you at night, try putting curtains on your windows. Sticking to a regular sleeping schedule will also improve your sleep quality.
Get at least some light exercise each day. This doesn’t have to be at a gym - consider a daily walk or some stretching and easy-to-do exercises like squats.
In addition to taking care of your overall health, you should develop some strategies for tackling stress when it occurs.
Any hobby that takes your mind off business and your daily stresses will work. Reading, watching movies, playing video games, watching funny videos on the Internet, and listening to music are all good examples of things you can do to reduce stress.
There are specific activities that are especially good for maintaining a healthy balance. Things like yoga, meditation, and creative visualization have been proven to reduce stress. If you don’t do any of these right now, try one out and see how it feels.
If you’re constantly stressed, your business won’t be able to flourish. In the long run, maintaining a balance will improve your health and your business will prosper along with you.