Owning and running a startup can be really stressful. New entrepreneurs can suddenly find themselves having to quickly adjust from working a regular job and having evenings and weekends off to feeling like they barely have a life outside of their business. Although investing as much time as possible into your new company can really pay off in the long run, it can also take its toll on a new business owner, leaving you stressed out and anxious which can subsequently have an adverse effect on your business. Finding the time to relax and have some fun is important to keep your mind fresh and give yourself a break from running a business. Here are just some easy, simple ideas that you can do from almost anywhere.
Playing games is a long-time favourite of many people when it comes to winding down, relaxing and having a bit of ‘me time’. There are loads of different games to choose from, whether you’re into online bingo and casino-type games such as those here at mFortune or are a die-hard MMRPG player. Of course, you don’t have to play games online; if you have an Xbox, PlayStation or other gaming console this can also be an excellent way to spend some of your free time.
After a long and stressful day at the office, the last thing on your mind is probably hitting the gym or going for a run. However, exercises can do wonders for your health, and that’s not just limited to keeping you fit and healthy and making it easier to manage your weight. Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise such as running, swimming or cycling can be hugely beneficial to your mental health, releasing ‘feel good’ hormones which make you feel more positive and happier within yourself – just the attitude that you need to successfully run your business. If you find yourself stressed out more than usual and unable to wind down, taking half an hour to go for a jog or even a walk could help to clear your mind and declutter your thoughts.
Reading can be a hugely beneficial and educational way to spend your time. Even fiction books can be a great learning curve, depending on the subject. If you feel guilty spending your free time away from the office, reading autobiographies of successful business people might be a great choice for you as you’ll be able to get some great ideas and improve your entrepreneurship without even actually working. If you commute to work on public transport, this can be a great time to read your favourite books. Or, take some time when you get home to simply chill out in your bedroom with a good book or run a hot bath to really help you relax.
Relaxation, having fun and doing things purely for yourself is just as important when you have a business to worry about. Entrepreneurs can easily ‘crash and burn’, so make sure that you take this time out for yourself to recharge.