Online marketer, author, and LegalMorning.com founder Mike Wood has seven tips for stress reduction for entrepreneurs to help them avoid burnout.
- Set aside time to exercise and work off your emotions.
- Do not let your work obsession take away from your valuable downtime.
- Identify which problems you can control, and do not worry about what you cannot.
- Do not neglect a healthy nutritious diet; maintain a healthy daily diet and snacks.
- Do not try and do everything; delegate some tasks to others.
- Surround yourself with entrepreneur friends you can talk to and enjoy.
- Make friends with your stress and channel that energy more effectively.
Why It’s Important
As Wood writes in his recent Forbes op-ed, keeping stress under control is the means to being a successful entrepreneur. Stress is endemic to the job of being an entrepreneur—it is part of the job. Learning to master and relieve difficult emotions is vital for allowing successful entrepreneurs to succeed in their endeavors—lest they burn out and fail.
The Harvard Business Review notes that entrepreneurs have a high risk of burnout because of the passion they bring to their work. Highly motivated entrepreneurs were among the most likely to experience burnout, which can create work-related issues including job dissatisfaction, absenteeism, poor decision-making, high workplace turnover, and severe health issues.
“Entrepreneurship and stress go hand in hand. For entrepreneurs, burnout as a result of stress is not uncommon, partially because of the extreme levels of motivation and perseverance needed in entrepreneurship. Over time, that passion coupled with high rates of uncertainty can lead to the feeling of being emotionally and physically drained,” says Wood.
“When it comes down to it, stress is inevitable. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t manageable. If you take a few of these steps, you’ll be able to keep it under control before it consumes you and leads to burnout.”