Dealing with stress.

I’m not happy with my current situation.

I’ve always been able to cope with stress well but in the recent weeks it’s been harder than ever before. The stress of our job recently put my business partner in hospital, the mixture of stress, illness and being generally run down had taken it’s toll on her. And now it’s taking it’s toll on me.

I know I’m stressed because I can’t sleep. I can’t switch my brain off.
I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in over a month now.

A couple of weeks ago I was at the fastfoward 2017 conference, there was a really enlightening panel about maintaining mental health and managing stress. It was aimed at the music industry but a lot of the points were really relevant to us in the entrepreneurial world.

One of the panel told an anecdote about how he had an anxiety attack in the office at work, and the rest of the panel nodded and mentioned that they had all been there. You would think that issues like this would be few and far between but it could happen to any of us.
The panel reminded me that we’re all human and we all need help sometimes.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing team that I can lean on in the coming weeks as we head toward some tight deadlines. Once this stressful period is over, I think I’m going to take a week off.

To clear my head. To forget work.

When things aren’t working, the normal course of action is to turn it off, wait and then turn it back on again. I guess, sometimes, our minds need to turn off too.

A couple of other actions I’ve taken to reduce stress:

  • Not answering emails immediately, using boomerang on emails that can wait
  • Taking a break from social media – Deleting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram from my phone and turning off all notifications for the few apps i’ve kept.
  • Learning to say no to thing I don’t want to do or I don’t think will bring value
  • Going to the gym
  • Being honest with myself about my situation
  • Writing this.
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