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  The entrepreneurial path promises rewards. But it also comes with challenges. Founders who work hard at making their business succeed almost always have their schedules full. With concerns aplenty and little guarantee that their efforts will yield the desired results, they may succumb to recurring anxiety.
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This year’s World Mental Health Awareness Month casts its spotlight on anxiety. In line with this, we are taking a look at things that entrepreneurs can do to manage their apprehensiveness. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re currently struggling with this problem, you’ll find this article helpful. Here are some steps you should take:

Develop a Routine

If you don’t already have a definite routine for each workday, you should set one up. Establish a consistent schedule for tasks such as checking emails, social media, and conducting meetings. When you have a routine that you can stick to, you’ll feel more in control of your day. And you’ll be less likely to be overwhelmed by tasks—something that could trigger anxiety.

Prioritize Self-Care

Entrepreneurs—especially those who are extremely committed to their business –are known to sacrifice self-care on the altar of enterprise growth. This isn’t ideal. Give yourself a break once in a while. Block off time for activities such as exercise and hobbies. Also, make sure you’re eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep. Be more intentional about taking care of yourself, and you’ll increase your resilience and be better able to cope with stress.

Seek Support

It’s important that you have some sort of support network, perhaps comprising friends, family, and mentors. A good support system will help reduce feelings of isolation and provide a sounding board for ideas and concerns. Support groups, such as entrepreneurial communities or professional organizations, can also provide valuable resources and advice.
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See Failure Differently

As we’ve already hinted, the prospect of falling short of your goals could cause you to become anxious. But failure is a natural part of the entrepreneurial journey. If you’re going to effectively manage your anxiety, you’ll have to change your view of failing. See it as a learning opportunity, and focus on the lessons learned rather than dwelling on the setback.

Practice Mindfulness

Practising mindfulness involves keeping your attention on the ‘here and now’. By focusing on the present moment and being fully present in the task at hand, you can reduce anxiety and increase productivity. Mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, guided imagery, and mindful awareness can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

Delegate Tasks

If you have a lot more work on your plate than you can attend to, you should pass it on to someone else—perhaps an employee or an agent external to your business. It’s important for entrepreneurs to recognize that they can’t do everything themselves and that delegating or outsourcing tasks can help them focus on the big picture.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks from work can do your mental health a lot of good. You should take short breaks to stretch, go for a walk, or engage in other relaxing activities. Carving out breaks from work can help reduce your stress levels, and improve your overall well-being.
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Final Words

Your business needs a mentally fit leader to get it to new levels on the growth ladder. If you’re able to effectively manage your anxiety, you’ll be in the sort of mental shape required to steer your enterprise to success. Featured Image Source: iStock
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This article was first published on 6th May 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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