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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 RoutineIf 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-CareEntrepreneurs—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 SupportIt’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 DifferentlyAs 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 MindfulnessPractising 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 TasksIf 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 BreaksTaking 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 WordsYour 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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