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How Entrepreneurial Stress Can Affect Your Body

Everyone has stress. Whether it’s a full load at work, you currently have some personal issues, or someone in your family is sick—life is unfortunately filled with stress. However, the more stress we pile on ourselves (you know, the kind that’s avoidable), the more damage it can do to your body.

Stress has a funny way of affecting our bodies. It manifests itself in different ways on different people. Some may be able to handle it better than others (lucky them!), but for a lot of us it means that stress can really take a toll on our body.

Here are a couple of ways stress can affect your body, and some coping mechanisms to help you calm down when life is throwing a lot at you.

Common Effects of Stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common side effects from stress are headaches, overeating or undereating, upset stomach, fatigue, chest pain, anxiety and depression. Stress can sometimes even lead to social withdrawal or drug or alcohol abuse. Too much stress can also lead to panic attacks, which can often be mistaken for a heart attack because of the similarity in symptoms (shortness of breath, chest pains, accelerated heart rate, etc.).

Often when we’re stressed out, we aren’t really paying too much attention to our health and letting things like problems at work or with family cloud our minds. The important thing to remember is to slow down so that we can make our health a top priority.

How to Cope with Stress

There are many ways to cope with stress, and everyone finds comfort in different things. For some, taking a minute to step away from their desk and going for a long walk will do the trick. For others, a really regimented physical activity schedule is the key for living a healthy, balanced life. Regular physical activity, making time for social activities with friends and family, and setting aside time to do things you love like reading, watching old movies, or shopping is also really important.

Above all, you need to learn how to adjust things at work. As a business owner, it’s crucial that you learn how to delegate things on your to-do list like administrative tasks or dealing with clients you’ve had for a long time. Make sure that you’re truly only doing things to help grow your business and that you’re not overloading yourself with tasks that someone else could do for you.

Taking small steps to make more time for you, such as hiring a virtual assistant, is the key to a healthy work-life balance.

photo credit: Smath.

Posted on September 26th, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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