It’s that time of the year (oh I feel a song coming on) when you're heading to what should be a ‘wonderful time of the year’ (I'm off again). Yet as an entrepreneur and particularly a solopreneur you are can find yourself doubly stressed and completely overwhelmed.

Choose NOT to be overwhelmedYet here’s the thing and be warned it’s tough love time. You are choosing to be overwhelmed – nobody else but YOU. You're making a decision and allowing yourself to be in this frame of mind. It sounds harsh and tough but it’s true, I know because I do it just like you!

Overwhelm is very personal. You might scoff at my to-do list and raise your eyebrows as you think ‘that’s nothing you should see mine Lindsey’. It’s all relative and there is no badge of honour for being more stressed or overwhelmed than the next person.

I’ve shared top tips for kicking overwhelm into touch in a Facebook note, which you can check out here. A few simple steps that will help you right now and can use again and again. In the business and your personal life – which if you’re a mumpreneur with school-age children you're going to need as December needs sheer brilliance to navigate.

Sadly overwhelm isn’t just for Christmas

You can feel overwhelmed at any time of the year in the business. The trick is to recognise the triggers, start to understand your body and put self-care top of your priority list. Essential because when you're overwhelmed you simply don’t work as efficiently or make good decisions.

Here are a few things you can try when overwhelm hits:

1. Tidy your workspace. Now before you scream ‘what a waste of time’. Think about it your working environment and space is really important – you can’t work or create if you're surrounded ... well by a mess.

2. Take a walk and clear the mind. Again don’t shout at me instead try it next time you feel the pressure. A short walk in the fresh air can help you to refocus and the importance of taking regular breaks should not be underestimated.

3. Drink plenty of water and don’t forget to eat. This is the hardest one for me but when I take time for breakfast I'm much more productive and in control. Keep snacks to hand and keep that glass of water topped up.

4. Reach out for help. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, it’s a strength and one you should start if you’re not already. This doesn’t have to be the paid variety either. When you’re struggling with something or trying to get your head around new tech pick up the phone and ask the question of a business ‘friend’ or help desk.

An entrepreneur path can be a lonely one ... don’t let it be. Create a supportive network that you can call upon when help is needed or you simply want to get out of the office. I can’t recommend actual face to face networking highly enough ... find a group and start building your community today .. well maybe after Christmas now.

 

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