9 Tools to Manage Stress as an Entrepreneur

9 Tools to Manage Stress as an Entrepreneur

I love being an entrepreneur, but I’m not going to pretend it’s easy. Building and running a business means working long hours, staying on top of your to-do list, finding solutions to problems, leading your team, managing clients, planning for the future, and making decisions every day that could make or break your business. It makes sense that 45% of entrepreneurs say they feel stressed. Entrepreneurship is hard. If you want to see long-term success, you have to find tools to manage stress. 

Stress is a challenge, but you don’t have to let it stop you. As Jocko Willink says, “Humans can withstand almost inconceivable stress—and you can too.” This International Stress Awareness Week, I’m sharing 9 habits and exercises that help me stay in control of my stress and use it to my advantage. 

1. Take a Breath

It sounds simple, but it’s effective. When you’re stressed out, it’s hard to think clearly. It can completely hijack your mind and body. Breathing is one of the easiest ways to take back control. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, don’t keep hammering at the problem. Stop, take a few deep breaths, and let your mind calm down so you can think clearly and make the best move. 

2. Get Some Perspective 

If you put a piece of paper right up to your face, you’re not going to be able to read the words. The same rule applies to problems. Sometimes, the reason you can’t find the solution is because you’re too close. If you’re in a stressful situation, take a step back and look at the problem from a different perspective. This can help you get the clarity you need to find a solution.  

3. Identify Your Priorities

As an entrepreneur, you’re always going to have a long to-do list. And there will be days when you’re dealing with multiple major problems. Don’t try to fight all your fires at one time. Take a minute to figure out which issues are most important. Then focus on solving the most important problems first before you attack the rest. Remember, slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. 

4. Focus on Solutions 

When you have a problem, you have two options: you can worry about it, or you can focus on finding solutions. If you want to prevent stress, you want to go with option number two. Instead of wasting time worrying about your problems, use your energy to look for solutions, so you can move forward. 

5. Make a Plan 

If you’re always figuring things out on the fly, you’re setting yourself up for stress. You’ll always be busy, but you’ll never see any progress because you don’t have a plan to keep you moving in the right direction. Take the time to figure out what you need to do and how you’re going to do it, and then get down to work.   

6. Execute. Execute. Execute. 

Planning is important, but it doesn’t help if you don’t take action. Because then all you have is a long to-do list and no results to keep you pushing forward. Start executing on your plan and racking up small wins. The more positive results you get, the more confident you’ll feel. And you’ll feel less stressed about being able to achieve your goals. 

7. Ask For Help 

One of the key tools to manage stress is to realize you don’t have to do everything alone. It doesn’t make you weak to ask for help when you need it. It makes you smart. Tap into your community and see who has the skills, resources, or knowledge to support you and ask for their help. 

8. Trust your Values

Decision-making can be one of the most stressful parts of being an entrepreneur because your choices directly impact whether your business succeeds or fails. But it’s a lot easier to make tough decisions when you have your values, principles, and non-negotiables to guide you. Make sure you’re clear about what yours are and use them to make decisions that are in line with your vision and goals. 

9. Take Care of You 

Giving your business 100% effort doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make taking care of yourself a priority. I schedule time for self-care in my calendar every week. It’s my non-negotiable. Because the better I feel, the more efficiently and consistently I operate. Understand what kinds of self-care help you handle stress, put it on your calendar, and commit to it. 


If you want to be able to enjoy the benefits of all the hard work you’re putting in to build your business, then you have to make sure you’re finding tools to manage stress. You can’t avoid stress completely. That’s just part of the game. But these tips can help you stay in control and on track to success. 

Let me know in the comments if you found these tips helpful and send this post to an entrepreneur friend who might also need some tools to manage stress. 


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