For many entrepreneurs, autumn signals the start of the crazy season. The kids are back in school and holiday pressures – from family and from peak customer demand – are right around the corner. To prepare you for the season, we asked some of our most successful entrepreneurs for their stress management strategies. Their answers revolved around a theme. Unplug. Get physical. And reflect on what’s truly important. For me, that means making time for my yoga practice, but here’s what it means for our group of ecommerce superstars.
Get a Move On
I’m a one-woman show, which leaves little time to dwell on things. Ditch unproductive meetings and streamline as much as you can. But, when the stress does creep in, I take my horse for a gallop through the woods or take my boxers on a hike. Physical activity helps me dissipate stress
— Michelle Swiniarski, Freya’s Garden of Earthly Delights
Take Breaks to Do Something You Enjoy
You should take 30- to 45-minute breaks away from your work doing something completely different. You have to schedule something like a yoga class or a run. It has to be something reliable that is NOT related to your 1business. It’s all about you time.
— Stephanie Rothrock, S Rothrock Designs
Devote Sundays to Downtime
Shut down on Sundays. Everyone needs a day of rest. So turn off your PC and mobile data and enjoy some much deserved down time with family and friends on Sundays!
— Candace Cieszynski, Garden Candy
Keep Creativity Flowing
Physical activity is very important to release tension and to maintain energy. Movement is so good! I’m also a big fan of sleep. If you are well-rested, your waking hours will be more productive and more creative. The problem isn’t going anywhere overnight. Also, I make sure to journal, read or meditate in my downtime. This refills my well and keeps my heart and mind invigorated and inspired.
— Rachel Malloy, Bunky Boutique
Make Time for Those You Love
I spend time with the Lord in the morning and with my family in the evening. I don’t want to spend so much time on the business that I neglect those areas of my life. I’m driven. I want the business to succeed. But I have to make time for what’s really important. And that’s my faith and my family.
— Reggie Kelly, KYVAN Foods
Check the Entrepreneur at the Door
You can’t be an entrepreneur 24/7. This was a tough lesson for my business partner and me to learn because we are very passionate about what we’re doing. However, when we allow ourselves some down time, it fosters more focus and more happiness!
— Debbie Rich, Jazzy’s Hope Chest
Find a Balance That Works for You
Two tips have helped me. First, never turn down help or advice, and always keep an open ear. You can learn something from everyone you meet. Second, practice yoga! It keeps you feeling balanced, rested and ready to take on any challenges the day may bring.
— Chelsea Cavender, SLATHERlotions