Understanding Stress & Finding Your Way Of Coping With It

One thing all budding entrepreneurs and CEOs of start-ups have in common is stress. They will have all encountered it, experienced Stress1it, battled it and eventually learnt their own individual techniques for coping with it. I think half the battle with stress is accepting that it IS going to come your way and there is not much you can do about it. If you are at the helm of a new business or pushing to make an idea or a product successful, you are going to encounter things that bring stress into your life. Unless you are really really lucky, or have a whole heap of money at your disposable, it is never going to be easy and so the way in which you react and cope with stress is going to be tied to your success and achievement.
One of the most important things I’ve learnt through being the CEO of BODO, is not to waste time with feelings of self-pity and “Why Me-ing” when stuff goes wrong that isn’t necessarily any fault of my own. Since BODO’s launch, I’ve had my fair share of problems to deal with, external contractors not delivering or people promising things they cannot produce and I learnt very quickly that any time spent bemoaning the situation is time wasted. You’ve just got to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get on with going about damage limitation and learning from that mistake so that it does not happen again. You’ll never be able to run a business where stuff doesn’t go wrong, but you can make changes so that you don’t fall victim to the same things over and over again.
stress3I’ve got two main ways of dealing with work-related stress when it comes my way, one of those is exercise. Walking away from the problem, doing a bit of exercise and coming back to it with a fresh head and fresh ideas makes it seem that little bit easier to tackle. The other is talking about it. Now dependent on what kind of entrepreneur you are, or company you run, who you talk to is very important. You don’t want to run the risk of spreading that stress down the line to your employees, although sometimes it can be helpful to chat to someone who understands the exact nature of the problem you are experiencing. I’ve always found it helpful to talk to wife, she is and always has been my trusted confidant. I know I can trust her implicitly and her opinions often help me see a way through the problem. Even if she can’t find a way to resolve the issue, just talking about it and getting the problem off my chest really helps. Those methods might not suit everybody, some might find meditation, yoga and that sort of thing more helpful, it’s just important that you find your own way of coping and not let stress bring about your downfall or make you physically sick!