Stress remains a positive physiological reaction no matter what. It stimulates you to make an effort and keeps you active. But too much stress can quickly damage your health and decrease your performance. So how do you control it in order to avoid burnout?

1. Stress is an emotion, accept it!

Stress can be your best ally as long as it stays under control. You have to make stress your ally rather than your enemy. Accept it, it’s a signal that shows you that you need to change something. Ask yourself: What causes me to be stressed?

2. Learn to manage your time

Today’s entrepreneur faces a never-ending day. New technologies have brought non-stop communication with a demand for immediate response and are breaking down conventional barriers: it has become normal to send an email at 2 a.m. Stress sets in, yet good time management can help keep it under control. Otherwise, you will quickly have the feeling of being overwhelmed and running out of time to rest. Overloading your schedule is far from the best strategy. You might even feel a sense of out of control and perceive time as an enemy.

Managing your daily schedule well can make tasks less stressful and increase your productivity. Consider setting a line between your work hours (where you decide to be reachable) and personal time. Inform your employees of your availability time and also know theirs. Otherwise, you could create personal problems related to your professional life.

Remember that you are a person who needs rest. Take time for yourself and to ensure optimal balance and efficiency.

3. Take a step back

When stress overwhelms you, you are a little irritated and the company is in a period of challenges, what behavior should you adopt? Take a step back! This is the key. Taking time to find effective solutions to problems is the best antidote. Without the necessary hindsight, rushing to respond to various requests can waste precious time.
Be careful, however, not to put off until tomorrow what must be done the same day. If stress overwhelms you, consider asking yourself “what really matters? “.

4. Control your breathing

Take a few minutes to relax. And, to do this, start by using the strengths of your body. We are in a world where we ignore the benefits of breathing.
Diaphragmatic breathing allows you to use your full breathing capacity. It swells the lower abdomen during inhalation and above all decreases muscle tension. Inhale slowly through your nose and inflate the abdomen, which, when distended, will inflate the thorax. Exhale through your mouth at the same speed. Place one hand on the abdomen and the other on the chest to feel the movements.

5. Stay positive!

We often believe that we are positive or negative by nature. In fact, you can greatly influence the way you view things. Take the good sides of things that can change your emotions. Sometimes the best way to progress is to encounter difficulties. Instead of complaining that you’re unlucky, turning every difficulty into a challenge is the best way to boost your self-confidence.

6. Become unstoppable

If there are two faults in business leaders, they are overloading their schedules and trying to solve less easy situations at the moment. Set achievable goals and stay in control. Know that your health is paramount. To become a great entrepreneur, take care of your body.

7. Learn to refuse

The ideal is to do everything or be helpful to everyone. But it happens, more than usual, to be unable to perform a task. The solution is to take the time to explain the person. But the best solution is to refuse: it takes courage, but to please means to be honest with yourself. Failure to honor commitments or apologize at the last minute is the last of the strategies.

8. Break the isolation

Isolation of business leaders is a stressor that you must take into account. Finding your peers or discussing your problems with others is a powerful stress reliever. People who open up reduce their stress and let go of negative thoughts. The advice of an outside person can also be reassuring or provide solutions that you forgot to think about.