Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Jose Vasquez0
How to Cope With Extra Stress in Startup Tech Companies
Startups aren’t all fun and games, and you’ll need to learn how to handle stress if you’re going to be successful.
Being an entrepreneur is a lot of fun. You’ll get to create something from scratch, turning your vision into a reality, and work with the people you choose to work with on a daily basis, all the while chasing dreams of expansion, success, and wealth. But it isn’t always fun; you’ll be putting in long hours, your finances will be stretched, and you’ll face the uncertainty of wondering whether all your efforts will even be worth it.
If you’re going to survive, you need to know how to cope with that stress:
- Take breaks. It’s tempting to work through lunch, into evenings, and through weekends to hit a certain deadline or advance your business further, but don’t underestimate the value of taking regular breaks. Step outside your office every once in a while, and take occasional vacations. It’s worth it.
- Spend time with your family and friends. Don’t let your personal relationships suffer because of your business. There is always time to spend with friends and family, even if you have to make room for it.
- Remember that failure isn’t the end. Facing the possibility of failure is one of the hardest necessities of entrepreneurship, but it’s less stressful when you realize that failure isn’t the end of the road. There are always other opportunities on the horizon.
- Take care of yourself. Keep yourself in good physical condition, and your stress will plummet. Eat healthy foods at regular intervals, get lots of sleep, and try to exercise at least a few times a week.
- Do things differently. Everybody experiences and copes with stress in different ways. The points of advice in this article are valid, but you may find that someone else’s strategy doesn’t work as well for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Even though being an entrepreneur is stressful, I personally wouldn’t trade the experience for anything—and I bet you wouldn’t either. You just have to know how to handle your stress, and get a grip on it before it takes over your life.