We’ll give you some tips to help you build your business despite the pressures you may be facing.
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Starting a business can be fun, but it can also suck the life out of you. If you are lucky, it will all be worth it. My experience starting and running Uberflip is unique, but for many entrepreneurs I still have problems with stress.
Since there is no realistic way to avoid stress for entrepreneurs, learning to live and deal with it is key to survival. Otherwise, you and your startup will fail. Below, I list some tips for dealing with stress and having a healthy mind and body.
1. Never work for free. You’re worth more than that and it’s not scalable. Nothing is more stressful than having no income. Even if it’s a small amount, you can have peace of mind knowing you are building a business that will pay you.
2. Give yourself a break. All of the little tasks and decisions that we have to do every day are gradually exhausting our psychological resources. Leave the office for 30 minutes every day, no matter how busy you are. It can be to have a coffee, to eat or just to go for a walk. It is a proven way to achieve higher concentration and increase energy levels.
3. Go on vacation. If you can’t leave the office for at least a week without the place falling apart, you will never grow. It comes down to finding the right people to work with you so that you can leave if necessary. As your business grows, hire people you can trust to keep things the same.
4. Get eight hours of sleep every night. Resting well is the key to a healthy lifestyle that can benefit your heart, body, and mind, among others. Ideally, you should be able to rest for between seven and nine hours. Less sleep can have serious effects on your cognitive functions such as memory and attention. When you get enough sleep, you can “practice” the skills you learned while awake (a process called consolidation).
5. Make sure you are exercising. As you go about your routine, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. They interact with receptors in your brain that create positive feelings in your body and mind. Despite the fact that everyone knows exercise is good for you, lack of time is the biggest excuse. The reality is you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. There are several reports that show that a short, intense training interval has the same (or more) benefits as long training sessions. If you are active, you can sleep through the night for eight hours.
6. Delegate, delegate, delegate. s tend to believe they can do anything, and one of the biggest challenges is learning to let go of things. Liberating yourself a little can get rid of daily chores so you can focus on what is important, not every detail. An essential part of this is making sure that communication between you and your team is flowing.