Let’s face it: starting your own business is not a stress-free endeavor. In fact, if you can’t handle stress well, you might not succeed as an entrepreneur.
But before you throw in the towel, try these 5 techniques that can bring down your blood pressure.
Best of all, they’re totally free.
1. Find a Better Breath
When you’re uptight, pay attention to your breathing. I’m willing to bet it’s tight and shallow. But deeper breaths from your diaphragm can not only reduce stress almost instantly but also lower your blood pressure and help you calm down.
Try it now: sit up straight and inhale slowly and deeply. Pause at the top of that breath. Then let it out slowly. After a few of these, you’ll forget that your supplier sent you the wrong product.
2. Drink a Cuppa
So many of us rely on coffee to get us through our day, but tea is where it’s at. Rather than sending us jittering through our day, certain teas like chamomile and lavender can calm us down and help us focus on the task at hand.
Keep an electric kettle, teacup, honey, and selection of tea near your desk so you always have a cup of calm within reach.
3. Try Desk Yoga
No, you don’t have to take an hour out of your day and bucks out of your wallet to reap the benefits of yoga. You can even try yoga at your desk, just a few minutes a day, to see results.
Here’s a favorite of mine: pull away from your desk in your chair with your arms on the edge of your desk, shoulder-width apart. Stretch as far as you can until it feels good, with your back flat. This helps loosen up those tight shoulders and neck. Reading about yoga also makes me feel good, so take two minutes to read a great article.
4. Go for a Walk
It’s amazing what a change of environment can do for you. It’s all too easy to feel trapped in your office, which does nothing positive for your stress level. Instead, take a walk. It doesn’t have to be long or go very far. Even a five-minute stroll around the parking lot can help you unwind.
Pack your walking shoes and keep them handy so you never have the excuse of wearing the wrong shoes to walk!
5. Leverage the Break Room
There’s a reason that room at the end of the hall is called the “break room!” Schedule a couple of time-outs each day and enjoy that cup of tea there. Bonus points if you find a co-worker to chat with. Casual conversation is also a great stress reliever.
No matter how you decide to manage your stress, the key is being aware of your levels and knowing when you need relief. Unchecked, high stress levels can cause you to crack, explode at your staff, or even cause health problems, so take care of them before you get to that point.