As an entrepreneur, you get credit for the success of your company – and blamed for its failure. That level of pressure is no joke.
In the beginning stages of your business, you hold multiple roles. You're the marketing guru and the financial analyst. You’re constantly googling strategies while mastering skills you never thought you’d need. And while people closest to you will tell you to relax and balance your life, you're in hustle mode. You can't relax in the way people think you should. Who has time for that?
Well, there's some wisdom to their advice. Making time for your emotional health is scientifically proven to strengthen your awareness, memory, attention span, and empathy, all while lowering stress and blood pressure.
Here are five strategies you can implement today that have both you and your company in mind.
1. Take the Time to Slow Your Brain
If downtime makes you feel anxious, you still need to find a way to quiet your entrepreneurial brain. Whether through exercise, meditation, hobbies, or sex, it's important to get out of your head and into your body.
Further, when you’re the one in charge of the bottom line, you relate to time differently. The hours of the day are fleeting to you. No start and end times exist for your work schedule either. That can severely affect sleep cycles if you don’t find a routine. Sleep deprivation is a productivity killer and dramatically increases your risk of making mistakes.
2. Keep a Strict Sleep Schedule
Stay disciplined with your bed and wakeup times. You should also have a winddown routine, wherein you bridge the gap between work mode and sleep mode. It's crucial on both a physical and emotional level.
3. Remember That This Isn't Personal. It's Business.
You’re going to have to say no. A lot. For every person you inspire, there's someone you'll disappoint. You will have to cut people out of your life. You'll have to make new connections with those who support your overall goals.
With this in mind, you'll start to develop a keen sense for who GIVES you energy and who TAKES it from you. The people you started your journey with may not be the same people who help you reach your goals. Take comfort in knowing that you have your business’s success in mind. You're not making cuts as a personal affront, you're making savvy business decisions that stay true to your mission statement.
4. Be Clear on Your Mission Statement
Your mission statement can serve as a moral compass as you continue to make critical decisions. If you base your mission statement on positivity, you will have an easier time connecting with your consumers. Don't be afraid to refer back to it often. Consider hanging it up.
5. "Quality Time" Is Cliché for a Reason
The entrepreneurial spirit is hard to tame. Once you have a great idea, you immediately start plotting and planning to make it work. This desire to execute can often make you appear as though your brain is anywhere else except in the present moment. That can make those around you may feel ignored or less than a priority.
When you’re going after it hard, your outlook on quality time can change. Prepare your friends and family by setting realistic expectations of how you'll plan to spend your time.
In addition, you will need support. That means you need to say what that looks like for you. These may lead to some challenging conversations, but it’s best to be upfront with expectations as you create your company. Quality time is important. It's important for all entrepreneurs to actively keep that in mind.
Successfully navigating the entrepreneurial route takes a lot of emotional strength. That's why it's so essential to keep your mental and physical health in mind. It's too easy to get caught up in the future. Next thing you know, and after it's too late, you'll wish you could take a step back.
Entrepreneurialism is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep at a pace that works for you, and remember to ask for what you need.