20 Ways to Kick Stress to the Curb and Have Fun with Your Startup

20 Ways to Kick Stress to the Curb and Have Fun with Your StartupWhen you work at a startup, the saying “no two days are the same” is much more than cliché; it’s your everyday reality. The highly charged atmosphere at many startups is a major draw for younger workers, career changers, and anyone seeking a challenge. If you aren’t practically bouncing off the walls at your new job, check your pulse.

But all that excitement of a new business can also result in major-league stress. We’re not talking about the stimulating, exciting, kind of stress, but the pull your hair out kind. Fortunately, startups also provide ample opportunities to de-stress and enjoy the exhilarating ride.

1. Focus on One Task at a Time

You have a big client meeting at 10, lunch across town at 1:30, and seemingly endless projects to work on all day. Take a deep breath and focus on one task at a time. What has top priority? Make a to-do list ranked by importance, and dive into the first task. Try not to multi-task or work ahead if you can help it, and your productivity will soar.

2. Get Out of the Office

If you spend 24/7 at the office, you’ll wind up looking like something from The Walking Dead. Take your laptop or your tablet outside or move to a coffee shop for the day – the change in scenery will do you good.

3. Brainstorm with Colleagues

It takes a special type of person to thrive at a startup – energetic, creative, innovative. Your coworkers have amazing minds, and startups are all about collaboration. Take advantage of your brilliant colleagues and bounce ideas off of them. Even shooting the breeze can often produce excellent ideas or generate solutions to nagging challenges.

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How to Deal With Work Related Stress

How to Deal With Work Related StressOccupational or work-related stress is something most of us have to face each day in some way or form. Heavy workloads, extra hours spent in the office, or even taking work home, and the pressure of impending deadlines can push us closer to the edge. Did you know that absences from work attributed to stress multiplied between 1995 and 2004, and that most heart attacks occur on Mondays.

People can get stressed on work for variety of reasons that may include their job roles, tasks that require more time spent on the job, bad interpersonal relationships within the team, poor management style from those in charge, environmental factors or career concerns, like job insecurity. These stressors lead to a less satisfied and ultimately less productive workforce.

It is important to take stress seriously and to try to find a way to alleviate stress that suits you best.  Here are a few simple techniques that can help you to relax and focus better.

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