I took my daughter to swim lessons and the instructor asked her, “who do you take after…mom or dad?” Instantly made aware of why the question was asked, I eased up the tension in my body and calmly asked my 5-year-old to RELAX. Yup, she takes after her mom and wouldn’t relax enough to float. It occurred to me that despite the never-ending hustle of growing a business, being a mom of two and much more, it is my responsibility to show her that it is okay to relax and that it is important.
Running any kind of business can cause a certain level of stress, so I’d like to help you discover certain ways to release pressure and relax, without leaving the premises.
Let’s get started:
1. Take slow, deep breaths
Your heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure can decrease by slowing down your breathing and utilizing the diaphragm and abdomen. Quick, shallow breathing is related to higher levels of stress. With each inhale, allow the abdomen and rib cage to expand as the lungs fill with air. Exhale, allowing the air to completely leave the lungs. Practice this technique for 5 minutes every day and you’ll see results.
2. Go out in nature
There’s a pretty good chance of having a green area around you, so take a few minutes and step out. There’s a study that showed evidence of lower frustration, engagement, and higher meditation when moving into the green space zone; and higher engagement when moving out of it. Did you know Einstein's daily walk was sacred to him. While he was working at Princeton University, New Jersey, he'd walk the mile and a half journey there and back. He followed in the footsteps of other diligent walkers, including Darwin who went for three 45 minute walks every day
3. Jot it down
Putting what you feel on paper can help process emotions better. Also writing down accomplishments and acknowledging them instead of forgetting, brings out your good side. Try having a journal for a while a see how it goes.
4. Help someone else
It’s better to give than to receive. When you’re all stressed out and feel you’ve hit a wall, it turns out that actually defocusing from your own problems and extending a helping hand to others might actually get you out of the pit. There’s even a study that discovered providing tangible assistance to friends or family members helps avoid harmful situations.
5. Meditate with gratitude
A lot of things can go wrong in a day, however we can always take a few minutes to think deeply and focus on things that make us happy, our spouse, kids or anything in our life that gives us a dose of positivism. Not sure what you are thankful for? It’s time to start a list and start remembering things from your childhood onward.
It is our duty as entrepreneurs to set an example for our teams, our children and family. Let’s face it…overworked and overwhelmed is NOT cute.