Managing Stress as an Entrepreneur
The career of an entrepreneur can be a hugely rewarding and satisfying one. However, launching and running a business can be as stressful as it is exciting. Well-being in the workplace is becoming an increasingly prominent issue, with work-related stress said to be especially common amongst entrepreneurs.
According to a report by public body The Health and Safety Executive, 488 000 people in the UK reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015 and 2016. Over the two years, stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Launch22 mentor Pauline Moran, explains that the symptoms of stress are very individual, but can include headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, stomach upset, and sleep problems.
When poorly managed, experts say stress can lead to a variety of health issues such as sleep deprivation, weight gain, and even a weakened immune system. Although stress is not considered an illness in itself, it can lead to psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, and increase risks of physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.
While stress amongst adults can be fairly common and normal in small doses, it begins to become a serious issue when it regularly occurs. When stress becomes common, action must be taken.
As with symptoms, successful methods of dealing with stress vary from individual to individual. Entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson say a strict work-life balance is paramount to maintaining a healthy mind – and body for that matter. Entrepreneurs should not be afraid of taking time away from work and relaxing. Getting enough sleep is also a big factor mentioned by many online sources, including the NHS.
According to Forbes magazine, one of the biggest players in the world of stress management is psychical relaxation methods. From massages to meditation, there are a whole host of options out there for entrepreneurs. In fact, entrepreneurs can benefit from a unique programme to improve their mental and physical well-being right here at Tempest building, Liverpool.
YinYan provide classes to people of all physical abilities. Packages include beginners yoga, stress-busting meditations & mindfulness, tai chi, pilates, laughter yoga and more to nourish both mind and body. Classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays with additional ones being held throughout the week in Liverpool city centre.
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Words by Alex Carter