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5 Ways to Relax as a Rookie Startup Entrepreneur

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The early days of a business startup can be demanding on a rookie entrepreneur. You’ll be preoccupied with managerial tasks to ensure your business is moving in the right direction.

Believe me, the last thing on your mind is relaxation.

Relaxing your muscles is worthwhile if you must continue to run that business. The hard work you put in everyday is undoubtedly good, but you’d need to take a break at some point to avoid breakdown. Truth is, if you break down, your business maybe adversely affected.

Here's the challenge: everyone knows the positive impact of relaxation, but few people practice it in reality. The health and business benefits of relaxation are clear for all to see, according to the Mayo Clinic. But in practice, relaxation doesn't get considered by most entrepreneurs, especially rookie startups that are most of the time, if not at all times, focused solely on profitability of their startup.

In an exclusive interview with the Financial Times on life as a startup, Larry Page had this to say. “I knew my business was going to need me to be around for a while. So I made up my mind to invest in my well being from the get-go. It became a platform for me to build a healthy working lifestyle”.

Going by Larry's words, your well-being is essential to becoming a successful entrepreneur. One of the healthy lifestyles to adopt is relaxation. The question now is: how do rookie startup entrepreneurs relax and not get distracted from their ultimate goal?

Here are five smart ways:

1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Running a business is demanding. Sometimes when you sit back to analyze your life in the past 2 to 3 years, you’ll be shocked to find out that you’ve devoted a significant part of your time to business related activities.

You need to get out of that confined space and explore situations that will excite and inspire you. You don't need to do something complicated, it could be camping, hiking or swimming, or attend summer school for new knowledge. When you engage in some outdoor activities, your body gets more energized and refreshed to face the tasks back in the office.

2. Create Time for Your Hobby

We are often so focused on the responsibilities and challenges of entrepreneurship to the extent that we hardly create time for our hobbies. In order to ease stress, it’s pertinent to spend time on something you love and enjoy.

For game savvy entrepreneurs, you can spend some time playing the games you love, Bignox.com reports. You can do that alone, or play with friends, anyone that serves your relaxation needs. Maybe you love to write, that's also a good hobby that can take your mind away from the stress of work. The whole essence of this is to get your mind away from the strenuous thoughts of running your business for a second. Believe me, at relaxed state, great ideas and strategies are conceived.

3. Nap it out

There's this nostalgic feeling that entrepreneurs get, especially rookie startup entrepreneurs when the issue of sleep is mentioned. They think it’s strongly linked to laziness. Hence working all day and stay up all night on business related activities is somewhat seen as a great deal.

I guess you have often heard that health is wealth. You don’t have to over-stretch your body to the point to breakdown. There are times it’ll call for rest, please don’t hesitate. When you feel the need for rest, go for a nap. Naps help in restoring alertness and boost performance. According to NASA, a 40-minute nap improves alertness by 100% and performance by 34%. A nap does more for you than a cup of coffee. A short nap of 20 minutes or a long nap of 90 minutes helps your body relax and feel better.

4. Go See a Movie

Movies have a way of shifting our attention from the stress of business elated activities especially if they are the type that makes you laugh out loud. Most times, you get to learn some tangible business lessons you wouldn’t have stumbled on if you hadn’t gone to check out a movie.

5. Spend Time with the Ones you Love

Comfort, joy and love are few out of the things we get when we are around our loved ones. Your employees, business partners, clients and competitors may not have the capacity to care for you as your loved ones.

All work and no play have the tendency to affect business productivity. That's right, you can check out the NASA report. Don't get yourself trapped in your business that you forget to relax. Your health is more important, without it, business will be adversely affected.

Richard Agu is a researcher, entrepreneur and freelancer, passionate about entrepreneurship and self-development. Currently, Richard writes for Entrepreneur.com, Goodmenproject.com, among others. Follow him on Linkedin.com by clicking here now.

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