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Stress can be so intense that it actually has an effect on your body.
This is important to understand, as ignoring this extreme stress can not only lead to you not being focused on achieving your goals, but it can also be detrimental to your health.
This deeper level of stress is known as extreme stress.
What I mean by extreme stress is stress to the point where you get physically sick. And yes, this is real thing. Stress has been scientifically proven to mess with our bodies in a physical way and affect our overall health.
The thing is, entrepreneurs can be really hard on themselves.
While being hard on yourself as an entrepreneur can be a good thing, there’s a point where this drive gets out of hand. As an entrepreneur, you need to learn to recognize the signs that things aren’t going well and that you need to make some changes.
And I’m actually the perfect example of this.
My Battle With Stress
For those who don’t know this about me, I actually suffer from an advanced case of Crohn’s disease that I’ve been fighting for about two decades now. I’ve had to have multiple surgeries over those decades, and it almost killed me. While Crohn’s disease is typically fairly manageable, I’ve made it significantly worse for myself because of the stress that I introduce into my life.
For example, just recently I was stuck in my bed attached to an IV because I’d made myself so sick from the stress of running my business.
Not stress imposed by anyone else.
This was self-imposed stress that was completely avoidable, but I missed it because I was so caught up in the moment. I had to miss both my best friend’s bachelor party and Traffic and Conversion because of it.Everyone has certain rhythms and patterns that are normal for them, and it’s important to recognize these patterns in your life.
The better you understand these patterns, the easier it will be to see when the patterns are disrupted and when there is an extreme shift.This may include signs for changes in:
- Your business
- Your surroundings
- The people around you
Once you recognize these signs, you need to learn to react to them—and react to them in a positive way.
I’m going to go over 3 tips to escape extreme stress before it’s too late with you. Once you start to feel the extreme stress coming, I want you to follow these three tips to help to alleviate the stress and reduce your stress levels.
Tip #1: Binge Watch A TV Show
Wait…what the heck?
I know this goes against everything that every productivity expert has told you.
Watching TV by itself is often discouraged, but binge watching?Listen, when I feel stressed to the point where it’s affecting me physically, I need to take a step back to get my mind off the stress.
One of the best ways to do this is through binge-watching my favorite shows.When you binge watch a TV show, you allow your mind to focus on something else. Instead of focusing on the extreme stress, you can focus on something that allows you to escape for a little while.
This, in turn, gives your mind a break.
While you don’t want to do this all the time, it’s okay to do this sometimes!
(By the way, I love the show 'Billions' - check it out!)
Tip #2: Get Out Of The House (Go Somewhere)
Once you’ve hit the point where you’re in a state of extreme stress, consider getting out of the house and going somewhere else. When I say “somewhere else,” I mean going somewhere that will allow you to unwind and allow yourself to rest.
And I don’t just mean going somewhere else and working remotely.When you go somewhere, you’ll want to make sure that you unplug. Trust me—it feels good to unplug! This means not checking your devices, and allowing yourself to focus on your trip and all of the fun you're having.
I personally would suggest going on a vacation.
Go on a vacation that doesn’t allow you to think about work. Really soak up that time to yourself. By the end of the trip, you’ll be eager to get back to work! If you can’t go on a vacation, consider simply going to the beach or going for a hike.
Tip #3: Get a Detail-Oriented Hobby
It’s important to have a hobby that forces you to focus and encourages you to be in the moment. For instance, I personally love model cars. When I’m building a model car, I know I need to focus on the details to get the car right.
I’ve also been considering taking flying lessons—which, of course, means I absolutely must focus. If I don’t, I could crash! A detail-oriented hobby will allow you to have fun while also removing you from the stress you have been feeling.
Your hobby gets you out of the brutal frustration loops that you experience so often as an entrepreneur.
Escaping Extreme Stress
Start paying attention to your day-to-day and even your moment-to-moment. Also, pay attention to the patterns in your life. If you see that things are falling out of pattern, you need to leap into action!
Remember—extreme stress can actually ruin your health.
Learn to get yourself out of extreme stress to be more productive and to avoid health problems.