Being an entrepreneur means working with ambiguity in multiple areas: future of your business, its strategy, co-founders’ roles and relationships. Uncertainty is like a shadow in entrepreneur’s life. It is not uncommon to worry and experience anxiety.
In an article “How to handle your entrepreneur anxiety” http://bit.ly/Omjffb Solome Tibetu, the founder of Cognific, offers a few tips. I agree with her that practicing mindfulness is the first and most important step. I have had two anxiety attack periods myself this year. It was not a pleasant experience, but it gave me a chance to find out what works.
Anxiety makes you feel unfocused and energetically depleted. It is hard to work, socialize, or even physically move. Dragging yourself to yoga may seem like a big task, but 90 minutes of a gentle yoga combined with deep yogic breathing does miracles. Not only you are turning on your parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response), but you are also moving with care and attention to your body.
Preoccupying with everyday tasks, and worrying about the future is a sure way to experiencing negative feelings. Spending some time in nature, resting in the sun, and breathing deeply and mindfully reminds us that there is more to life that work. We can zoom out and see the bigger picture. We can enjoy the beauty of nature and let go of worries for a moment. You do not have to go far. A nice park or a beach may be good space to breathe out anxiety.
It may be tempting to forget about your health and engage in negative behavior. However, it is exactly the opposite that the can help you deal with anxiety. Get a massage, treat yourself for a nice meal. Do anything that will make you feel cared for.