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Ask The BOSS: How To Relieve Stress As An Entrepreneur

Get ready to move up to that corner office or start your own enterprise! JETmag.com is partnering with award-winning entrepreneur and founder of The BOSS Network, Cameka Smith, to bring you “Ask The BOSS” every month. This feature will answer reader-submitted questions and offer you career and entrepreneurial advice. You can submit your own questions via digitalpitches@ebony.com with the subject line: “Ask the Boss.” Don’t worry, we’ll keep your name and identity confidential. First up: a question from reader “Too Blessed To Be Stressed.”

Question for the Boss: I am a new business owner and juggling quite a lot. How do I the manage stress that seems to come with the territory of being an entrepreneur?

Dear Too Blessed To Be Stressed,

Contrary to popular belief, more people are under stress today then ever before. With the pressure to have it all and make it look easy to get, it’s no surprise that you’re stressed out. Be it short or long-term stress, you are more likely to get sick and make problems worse than what they really are.

It is important to take care of yourself and listen to your body’s signals so you know when stress is affecting your health and/or daily activities. As an entrepreneur who has experienced stress first-hand, here are six (6) tips to manage it effectively:

Talk to someone. Isolation is dangerous and can make your stress worse. Especially if you over-think every little issue that is happening in your life. Having someone to talk to, whether it’s a professional counselor or a trusted girlfriend, can help you put things in perspective.

Relax, relate, release. The issue is probably not as bad as you think it is. Sometimes, it’s all a matter of perspective. You have to see the glass half full instead of half empty.Try some deep breathing exercises, mediation or reciting your favorite prayer.

Eat right. “You are what you eat” is a true statement. If you are eating a bunch of junk food, then you are more likely to feel like crap. Try to fuel up on veggies, fruits, proteins and whole grains.

Get Moving. Physical activity can help relieve stress and anxiety. Your body releases chemicals called endorphins before and after you work out. They work to improve your overall mood.

Write down your thoughts. Keeping a journal can help you get things off of your mind and work through issues.

Plan your day. As a busy entrepreneur, it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to grind. Write a to-do list and don’t be afraid to say no to some of those projects or opportunities that come your way. If it is not benefiting your overall goal, then skip it.

There are lots of other things you can incorporate into your routine to manage your stress, but above all, find time to see the joy in everything you do. This alone can make your heavy load seem lighter.

BOSS on the move,

Cameka

Cameka 2013 HS

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