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Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer is part of the content marketing team at Telzio, providing insight and tips on how Telzio can be used to optimize business communications and customer service.

10 Ways to Manage Stress

October 20, 2013

A common issue when starting a business is being overwhelmed by the workload and stress. And the ability to manage stress at work can mean the difference between success or failure.

Simple Tips to Manage Stress from Starting a Business

Learning ways to effectively cope with stress at work can benefit both professional and personal life, so here are ten ways to manage stress when you’re starting a business:

1. Simplify

It’s important when you feel stressed to clear your mind of negativity and self-doubt because it will only make it worse. Try to eliminate unnecessary distractions and focus on “musts” instead of “shoulds” throughout your day.

2. Live Healthy

Stress at work can have an impact on your health so it is important to make good food choices, exercise, and get enough sleep.

3. Organize

Create a balanced schedule with responsibilities, daily tasks and find time to spend on family life, social activities and downtime.

4. Write a To-Do List

Most people can’t manage to have more than five items in their head and when the list gets longer, it feels never ending. So keeping the to-do list to top 10 priority items or less will make the job less stressful.

5. Take a Break

Taking time to recharge is important even if it’s for a few minutes to relax. It will make you more productive and refreshed than feeling sluggish throughout the day.

6. Communicate

Expressing yourself instead of bottling things up can help with stress. Talk to a mentor or a co-worker they might offer a new perspective on situations or problems that can help.

7. Look At The Big Picture

Its easy to get overwhelmed by the day-to-day tasks and they may seem big at the time but take a few minutes a day to reflect on your goals and dreams and what started you on this journey.

8. Be Self-Aware

Accept that not everything is perfect and that you will make a few hiccups along the way. Notice the impact certain situations have on you and try to tackle them early on.

9. Set Realistic Deadlines

Making deadlines is important to keeping on top of your to-do list but try not to spread yourself too thin where you are rushing to finish with not ideal outcomes you might have hoped for. Give yourself ample time to complete tasks throughout the day.

10. Delegate Work

You may want to handle all the daily tasks of starting a business when it’s your own, but it’s important to unload as much work as possible so you can concentrate on critical strategies that will minimize stress and help you meet your goals for growth and continued profitability.

Taking on too much can lead to stressful situations so its important to leave time for yourself and the more you practice on stress management the better you will feel in the long entrepreneurial journey. Hopefully these tips will help bring you success in starting a business now and in the future.