Dealing With Stress While Growing Your Online Business

There’s simply no way around it: starting and growing an online business is a daunting and overwhelming experience for many entrepreneurs. But even though these things go hand in hand most of the time, it still doesn’t mean that you should get used to that kind of scenario. 

Living in a state of mental and emotional strain or tension for a longer period of time is certainly no fun. It’s bad both for you and the business. In case you’re wondering how you can overcome the anxiety stemming from adverse or demanding circumstances, we might have some answers and solutions to this problem ready for you.

Dealing With Stress While Growing Your Online Business

Start Writing Things Down and Purge Your Brain

One of the most common work-related issues connected with stress comes from a person’s inability to separate working and resting hours. This can be especially prominent in people who are trying to grow their online business. While others may enjoy this privilege of being able to switch off as soon as they leave work, those who are just starting out on their own rarely have this kind of prerogative.

That’s when work and private life usually get so mixed up together that you can no longer separate between the two. Your brain starts racing around and you can’t stop thinking about anything else but your business – sometimes to the point where you’re unable to relax enough to even get some sleep. 

It’s of utmost importance that you recognize these moments of crisis and do something about them. One way of dealing with these issues is by writing everything down – whatever comes to your mind and whatever’s occupying your thoughts at the moment. That way you’ll be able to get a different perspective on things, once you read your notes later. A huge part of making progress in this regard consists of seeing or hearing your own words repeated. The most important thing here is to try to get an insight into things that are bothering you. You’d be surprised at how seeing everything with a fresh pair of eyes can be beneficial for purging your brain and relaxing.

Avoid Running Around In Circles and Get Help From a Career Coach

Get Help From a Career Coach

Once you’ve made some personal progress in dealing with these stress-related issues, it’s time to consider getting professional help. There are basically two ways you can approach this problem of growing your online business.

You can either take a much harder route and try to do everything by yourself, learning on the fly. This way you’re bound to make progress much slower. Sure, you’ll get much-needed first-hand experience, but you’ll also spend a significant amount of time running around in circles, trying to catch a break.

There’s also a second route, which makes things much easier for you, and that’s getting help from a career coach who can quickly steer you in the right direction. Why waste time doing things the hard way, learning the ropes and all the ins and outs of an online business by yourself, when you can seek professional help right from the get-go and avoid unnecessary frustration and anxiety?

Focus On the Positive Things

Focus On the Positive Things

After you’ve made sure that both you and your business are back on the right track, in terms of not having to deal with all the undesired pressure and tension, it’s pertinent that you continue to focus on the positive things. Dwelling on the negatives won’t do you or the business any good, so you need to make sure to remember the things that are going alright at the moment.

There’s no doubt that life’s going to continue throwing you those unwanted curveballs, but it’s how you respond to them that matters. We strongly encourage you to make a list of accomplishments and milestones of your online business. You might have trouble remembering them at first, but once you start digging a little deeper you’ll probably realize pretty soon that there are quite a few accolades that you can pride yourself in. 

And even if you’re having a difficult time remembering all the good stuff, you should still try to use all the negatives and business setbacks as a fuel. Motivating yourself in such moments of crisis and stress is crucial for getting out of the slump.

Final Word

Growing an online business can be a rather challenging and complicating endeavour. No matter how stressful or bleak your current situation may seem, it’s essential to try to deal with those problems and issues to the best of your abilities. 

If you feel that things are slowly but surely getting out of control, we recommend you to seek professional help. Not only will you be able to get on the right track much quicker, but you’ll also put yourself in a position to prosper and further grow – personally and business-wise.

Michael Dean

Michael has been working in marketing for almost a decade and has worked with a huge range of clients, which has made him knowledgeable on many different subjects. He has recently rediscovered a passion for writing and hopes to make it a daily habit. You can read more of Michael's work at Qeedle, or catch up with him on Twitter.

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Paul @ Sidegains

Good post. While it seems like a dream position to work for yourself from home, the reality often belies the fantasy.

What you point out about the difficulty of separating work and home life is certainly my experience Michael: oftentimes you’re always at work!

Because their are responsibilities at home, these often become a part of your working day, for time efficiency. This has a knock on effect though of pushing out some of your business work. It’s not unusual at all for me to work on my online business in chunks throughout the day and into the evening as a result. This makes the separation difficult because you’re always “on”!

To a certain extent, it’s never going to be something you can just switch off… that’s part of the trappings of being self-employed.

I like the idea of writing things down to articulate your feelings and responsibilities. This act alone can help because it gives you a visual handle on how much you actually have to do. Without such techniques, work can feel very oppressive.

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