An entrepreneur is a different animal. Each of us has a unique routine which we unconsciously deploy in our quest to attain excellence. In business. And in our lives.
Over time, the body and mind will definitely demand a timeout!
A timeout to straighten your thinking and your thoughts.
A time out to freshen up all the untidy things that have piled up for your attention.
Before I go on. Be mindful that your employees must also be included in the work stress management. Just picture a stressed out airline pilot, cook or a factory floor worker whose mind wanders away from the task at hand. But watch out for ungrateful and opportunistic employees who just choose to be lazy.
So how do we resolve stress as business managers and owners?
Let us look at these three simple steps that have worked for me—and they could work for you too, depending on your circumstances.
Do These Little Exercises
Let’s look at the issue of our physical well-being which deserves regular tune-up. You must create the time no matter how short .
Now, do you realize that our physical posture could be conformed to one position throughout the day? This could give us some body pains. It could also result in a permanent disability in the future. Some people may develop piles or hemorrhoids because they sit for too long at work.
- So how do we manage the physical well-being?
You want to stretch the body, literally speaking. To get the joints moving smoothly and to make the muscles come alive.
Near my table, I bend down slowly to touch my toes. I stretch my limbs slowly. I remove my shoes and use my hands to gently curve and rub my feet. I lift my facial skin with my fingers and massage the muscles gently. You can also make gentle twists and turns of the neck and other joints on your body.
Five minutes? I am done… and ready to go back to the task at hand.
- I reserve a time out too, just to remove some cobwebs from the brain.
What do I mean by that? It is about clearing the mind of mental fatigue and finding the time to resolve some nagging issues lurking at the back of my mind.I shut my eyes and just let my mind wander, while at my seat. At times, I would get up and simply pace around in my office. At the extreme, I simply walk out of the premises into the street for about ten minutes and come back.
- I also do my slow-but-deep breathing exercise. This is a conscious in-and-out breathing exercise for two minutes or so. Do realize that when we are engrossed at the task in front of us, we tend to breathe less or we don’t do it properly.
Take a Catnap
Having a nap gives you more boost. It increases your productivity for the rest of the day. Don’t feel guilty if others don’t need it. We are not all made the same way.
- For me, there are occasions I have a short fifteen minutes of it once I arrive in the office in the morning though on a few occasions. I don’t feel ashamed to say this, because it works for me.
Some days, I have discovered that even if I had had many hours of sleep overnight, I can’t be at my mental peak immediately. It could be due to driving through the early rush-hour traffic. It may be the type of breakfast and its timing which could be a cause for some individuals.
- There are occasions when you are deprived of sleep, and you will know it. Find the next opportunity to catch up! When you are back home, if you need more hours of sleep to bring out the best in you, the following day; obey your biological clock.
Struggling through your groggy state won’t give you an optimum output. Get energized with a good sleep for peak performance.
- If you are an elderly entrepreneur, be realistic about the limiting circumstances about you. You can only do much as a depleting human energy. As you get older, this organic resource – your Being – experiences a diminishing return in power. In that wise, it befits you re-strategize your time with delegation or outsourcing.
Get Away from the Work
There are occasions when you will feel the blues. At this time, you are already burned out! Do not force it. The body may be willing but the soul may feel otherwise.
There are some days you just don’t feel like doing any work. This can apply to anybody; from the factory-floor technician to the CEO. We are not robots, even machines do break down.
- From my personal experience, when I am caught in this mood, despite what I have on
my to-do-list, I have discovered it is better, one takes a break.
This pause in activities could be some hours or even a day. It all depends on how really down you are.
- Simply do something relaxing for yourself. Any of those activities you would regard as luxuries of time. For me, I love to read. Sounds like an anomaly? But it works for me. However, you must make adjustments to recoup the lost hours or days.
Health-wise, our body “speaks” to us in unique and different ways. If we “listen”, we will know what it is saying and do what is necessary to avoid a burnout.
You can’t force your body to ultimately reach peak performance. You can’t also compare your biological clock with others. And you can’t be ashamed about what works for you.
All these simple exercises I have described so far may not be practicable in your own case. But you get the point. So how do you get to be at your optimum best? Let us into that…
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