As an entrepreneur, business owner or leader, you’re constantly getting notifications.
You constantly have new ideas popping in and out of your head.
There are new things to try, teams to take care of and– of course– the stress that comes with it all.
Y’know what that means?
It’s a very real thing, even if it’s not talked about enough. It’s a very frustrating and upsetting thing at times, too.
But I can promise you that you’re not alone.
We have big dreams. We have huge visions. We have aspirational goals. We know that we can bring all of that to life, but the pressure that comes with actually bringing everything to life leads to stress– it leads to anxiety.
These things happen to us. As entrepreneurs, we’re wired differently.
I’ve gone through the same thing. I’ve had massive panic attacks in the past. But I’ve been working on how to overcome that entrepreneurial anxiety for awhile now, and I want to share some tips with you that have helped me significantly.
(If you need more of my resources that have helped me with effectively managing my entrepreneurial anxiety, let me know.)
1. Don’t sweep your anxiety under the rug.
Tell the people in your life who you love– and who always encourage you to succeed– the way you’re feeling.
Be honest with your team, your spouse, your partner and your family about how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way.
Sounds simple, and it is– but just admitting that you’re experiencing this type of anxiety is a huge part of trying to release it.
2. Start doing breathwork.
If you’ve never done breathwork, this might sound silly.
But when we get stressed, we breathe in a shallow way. We aren’t intentional in our breathing.
Start with a simple YouTube search for breathwork tutorials. They will show you exactly what to do, how to do it and when you should practice intentional breathwork.
The whole point is simple here too: Being aware of your breathing is going to force you to relax.
3. Take some time to journal.
We have tons of racing thoughts spinning around our brains, basically at all hours of the day.
Getting your thoughts out of your head and moving them into an external and objective state (your journal) is going to help.
You can also look back at that journal in the future to figure out those areas where you consistently struggle. That makes it a whole lot easier to overcome those struggles when you can identify what you need to solve and how frequently you struggle with them.
4. Get out and take a walk.
A 15 or 20 minute walk is one of the healthiest and easiest ways you can stimulate your brain and calm things down.
At the end of the day, anxiety is pent-up energy. Physical exercise is how you release that pent-up energy– thus releasing your anxiety.
Just think about young kids.
When they get upset and anxious, they act out. They release their anxious energy by thrashing around, running god knows where, screaming– anything that works.
Now obviously, as adults, we can’t just scream and have a conniption fit in the office whenever something is stressing us out and causing us anxiety. Once we grow up, we’re taught to sit still and just deal with it.
But you don’t have to sit still and push it under the rug or have a conniption fit. Next time you’re feeling that anxiety creep in, take a walk. Trust me. It’ll start to do wonders.
5. Drink a lot of water.
Drinking your water throughout the day is going to help you focus. It’s gonna help your mind function more efficiently. You’ll be sharper in your day-to-day professional and personal life.
Those are super simple tips, but they’ve worked for me. I want them to work for you.
As always, if you need more help overcoming that entrepreneurial anxiety, reach out to me. I’m here to help.
To your success,
P.S. The first tip I mentioned was communicating with your team members and loved ones when you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
I know that communicating can be tough, though– especially if you don’t know where to start.
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