The idea of being an entrepreneur is very captivating with all of the perks and excitement, all the freedom, flexibility, countless opportunity and control that come with establishing a business venture. If starting a company was just sunshine and rainbows, why so less people have the courage to take the leap and start acting on their dreams? Well, there is the dark side of being an entrepreneur – the loneliness, the constant sleepless nights, swamped schedules, stressful meetings, the challenge of acquiring customers and so on.
Working hard, long and stressful hours for a longer period of time can easily lead to burnout. Feeling blue now and then is normal, but feeling down constantly is a sign of more serious issue. This can lead to limited productivity, lack of motivation and inspiration, and even serious health and mental problems. Entrepreneurs should do their best to beat the blues and find again the enthusiasm of the work they do.
Here are the three major steps that you as a super busy entrepreneur can take to get through tough times and beat the startups blues once and for all.
Change your mindset
The way entrepreneurs think about the problems and failures shapes their future actions. The stress easily gets to you during hard times, but it is a matter of perspective that shapes your reaction to certain situations. Try to look at the things from another angle. Shape your mindset to thinking more optimistically. Remind yourself often the reason why you’ve started your venture. Reevaluate your business mission and vision constantly. All of this will help you to get a new, more positive outlook on the situation.
Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. There are many ways for busy entrepreneurs to stay connected with other like-minded people. Attending pitching and networking events is a great way to learn something new, to meet with potential investors and to establish new relationships with fellow entrepreneurs and potential mentors. Find the time to meet with people outside your work – invite a friend for a cup of coffee or a quick bite now and then. These energizing meetings are a great way to forget about your worries and to help you feel calmer. Surround yourself with positive people and you will feel much happier as well.
Think about your health
Entrepreneurs overload themselves with work and rarely find the time to eat a good healthy meal during their busy days. By neglecting the importance of eating nutritious food and including enough physical activities in their daily schedules, the entrepreneurs risk experiencing unpleasant health problems, which can slow them seriously down on their way to achieving success. Exercise and healthy diet are great way to beat the blues, to increase your energy levels and to improve your overall health status.