The Ugly Truth About Stress and Entrepreneurship

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Stress is an inevitable part of the entrepreneurial life. In small doses it can be a helpful motivator to meet important deadlines, prepare for a big meeting, or just generally “get shit done.” But when stress becomes an everyday constant it can begin to negatively affect both your health and your business in serious ways. One of the ugly truths about entrepreneurship that doesn’t get enough attention (in my opinion), is that stress hits small business owners harder than most.

According to a recent study at the University of California, as many as one in three entrepreneurs will experience depression; a rate that is four times higher than the general population. Often times, this can be linked back to the high stress that accompanies running a small business.

Chronic stress is also a leading risk factor for heart disease. And seeing as February is Heart Health Month, I think it’s important to take a moment to address the issue of stress and entrepreneurship and start a conversation about finding constructive ways to cope with it.

Personally, I try my best to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle between work and play. That means unplugging from the office every once in awhile and scheduling quality free time for friends, family and leisure. It’s important to remember to slow down and enjoy the journey of entrepreneurship – there’s more to life than just working all the time.

I also use a few techniques to avoid the “Monday Blues” and make sure my week gets off to a great start.

But what about you? How do you deal with entrepreneurial stress in your life? What coping mechanisms have helped? Let us know in the comments below and let’s keep the conversation going.

Feeling overwhelmed or stressed as an entrepreneur? Give Ken and the Blue Sky team a call to learn how we can help put your small business on the path to success so you can leave some of that entrepreneurial stress behind: 289-466-5210