Many a times you can have a long day, week or even month that seems to have one problem after another. It may seem like an endless stream of problems (I can definitely relate to that as a start-up entrepreneur). This is not particularly a good trend to follow, you can get very De-motivated and stressed. This can translate to bad moods and attitude that can affect the way you deal with your employees or even at home.
It is therefore imperative to take a step back and as I call it, “de-stress”. This helps you reflect a bit, take a breather and look at things in a different perspective. De-stressing will help you get back into a positive mind set and help avoid burn-out. Here are a few exercises/activities that I believe will help out (I know they definitely help me).
Deep Breathing Exercises
Sometimes you can have a moment of great anger or anxiety while dealing with a difficult customer, vendor or employee. Instead of yelling at the individual, it’s imperative to take a few deep breaths, at least 10, and calm down. It reduces the stress and helps you make a decision while calm. You can also just excuse yourself and step away from the situation and go outside or into your office. Take 10 deep breaths; where you inhale deeply into your lungs and exhale all the air completely. Do this slowly while counting your breaths and you’ll find that you have calmed down considerably. Just relax for a few minutes and try not to think of the situation at hand. I have done this numerous times before and it always works for me (you see I have a bit of a temper 🙂 ). It helps you think straight and make wiser, rational decisions.
If you have been having a stressful time in general and you don’t workout, I would suggest starting a workout regiment. Most entrepreneurs that workout, have a better handle on stress and are less likely to burn-out. Working out releases endorphins into your body, these are ‘feel good’ hormones. That is why you feel like you’re ‘top of the world’ at the end of your workout. Workouts help you focus on your body for that period of time where you don’t think of your stress. You’re then able to deal with challenges you encounter with clarity, and in a logical and calm manner.
Visit a beautiful place that calms you
We human beings are very visual creatures, that is why a lot of times a change of scenery helps you relax and de-stress. Sometimes going to a beautiful, calm place can help you relax and be able to free your mind for a moment or two. When I have the opportunity to do so myself, I usually do and it’s very relaxing (entrepreneurs have a knack for finding places like these ^_^) I have a friend who’s a photographer and he loves going to the top of the K.I.C.C. Building in Nairobi CBD. He says it relaxing and exhilarating; it literally makes him feel ‘top of the world’. If you can, you can also just drive to a place like Ngong Hills and just enjoy the environment. It’s very beautiful and peaceful. There are different places you can go, maybe, Arboretum park, or any park near you. Depending on your personal preference, visit a beautiful place that calms you and makes you feel positive and relaxed. You’ll be glad you did ^_^!
Find a Hobby or Activity you love and do it.
I am aware that most entrepreneurs base their businesses on something they are passionate about and love doing, so you’re favorite activity could be what you do in your business. However, you can still do it in a personal, non-business setting in order to enjoy it fully without any pressure of results. I love baking and I own a baking business, however, when I want to de-stress I try out new recipes at home just for family tasting and it helps me relax and just enjoy the activity. You can also find that there are many other activities you love doing that help you relax and enjoy yourself. These are the activities that you should choose a time to do them and just relax and enjoy. Some people love photography, others love dancing, driving, gardening, stamp collecting, singing, and many more activities you can choose from. Just make sure it’s something you love doing. It will provide the ‘de-stressing’ that you need to get going positively ^_^!
I hope that these four tips will give you ideas on how to ‘de-stress’ and get back to a calm and positive state of mind. All the best with your activities and hobbies.
Make sure you have fun ^_^!