Anxiety and stress go hand in hand, especially when you are a woman entrepreneur. These emotions, not always properly identified, can result in several more serious problems that harm the health as a whole and, consequently, the business.
This topic is currently much discussed as something that affects the employees of a company. However, much less is said about how it also affects entrepreneurs. The truth is that these people, frequently submitted to pressures, responsibilities and a rhythm of work that, many times, has no time limit, are very much affected by these diseases.
So that you can identify if you are suffering from anxiety and stress, prevent yourself and take measures, we will talk more about the subject. Check it out!
What is the relationship between anxiety and stress?
Both anxiety and stress are related to instinctive and natural reactions of human beings. Before they become a problem, they are even beneficial.
Anxiety concerns a state of alertness in front of a challenge or threat. Therefore, it is a response which aims to prepare the person to deal with a tense situation. Stress is a response of the organism to that same type of situation, a kind of defence. These reactions aim to stimulate the organism to offer a faster response to urgent situations.
Thus, we can say that anxiety is a kind of “intuition” about an event to come. While stress is a reaction to this state, facilitating agility in responding to the stressful situation when it occurs. Therefore, the relationship between these emotions is inevitable.
When does anxiety and stress become harmful?
In the light of what was said, as sporadic, punctual and controlled reactions, anxiety and stress are natural. The problem is when they start to become recurrent or, worse, happen without being associated to a specific situation.
That is when one should start worrying about anxiety and stress as something that can be harmful. So it is essential to seek help from a professional and not wait to take action.
Start observing the recurrence and intensity with which stress and anxiety affects you. Evaluate in which contexts they occur, if they are “justifiable” or if they occur in everyday situations.
How does anxiety and stress damage your business?
The answer to this question is actually quite simple. A business involves a series of rational decisions that need to be taken in a balanced and calm way. A stressed and anxious person is likely to lose control of his or her decisions.
Moreover, one must consider in this context that the manager is a reference for other employees, a factor that weighs heavily on the company’s image before investors, partners and the like. If his or her emotional state is shaken, it will show, and it may interfere in the relationship with these stakeholders.
Therefore, once you realize that you are suffering from anxiety and stress, try to take measures to relieve it. Practising regular workouts, taking up a hobby, and seeking therapy are some of the ways to alleviate it.
Taking time for yourself is key to managing anxiety and stress. Thus, it is always good to remember that holidays are also important for the business owner.