Tips on How to Reduce Anxiety As An Entrepreneur

“Congrats!” “So awesome!” These are words I’ve heard many times over the past few weeks, when I announced I left my corporate consulting job. My honest initial thoughts were, “Ok, now what?” and “Congrats on willingly leaving any stability I’ve ever known, behind?”. It was a tough decision and it was 1000% the right choice for me but along with doing what you love and creating your own freedom and future, comes anxiety. Anxiety with the unknown.

In the corporate culture there is a more linear path on where your career will go. You’re some variation of an associate, a manager, a senior manager, a director, all within your given industry. As an entrepreneur there’s an unknown path that can lead to nowhere or can lead to everything you’ve ever wanted. There’s so much excitement and potential in that but it’s not an honest answer to say there’s no downfall or anxiety with all of that as well.

Just for a little bit of background on me, the last time I was my own boss, I was 22, newly graduated from college and I sold clothes on eBay. It was sustainable and fun for me because at the time I lived at home and had no real financial pressure. I would go to designer discount stores, purchase designer jeans at a fraction of the cost and mark them up and sell them on eBay for a profit. This was sustainable for me for a while until I felt perhaps I should get “real world” experience. The first job I applied for was a job that said “telecommute option available” – work from home? Yes. So I’ve always had the desire to have flexibility in my life.

Now, as someone who is no longer 22, and has way more financial responsibility (Hi mortgage, car payment, utilities, etc), selling clothes on eBay is just not going to sustain the lifestyle and future I want to lead. So now as I venture 100% into the world of blogging, creating content on Instagram, and creating an online shopping destination, Shop Your Element, my hope is that these endeavors will lead me to my dream lifestyle. But what if it doesn’t? That “what if” is what leads to some anxiety, for me. Below are some tips on how I’ve slowly started to lessen the anxiety, and increase the joy in my life.


As an entrepreneur, being in the right mental head space is a necessity. I can question myself ALL DAY with what I’m not doing right, what others are doing right, what I should be doing, or could be doing. Ultimately though, these are thoughts that are taking away from the actual doing and execution of my future. Dreams don’t happen with wondering thoughts.

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Dreams happen with action and execution.

This leads me to my first point in how to reduce anxiety:

Execute

Analyzing and thinking up plans can be all encompassing in your head. When I’m in my head all day, that’s when I tend to get a bit anxious and my thought patterns become circular. I find that when I’m actually executing on my dreams though, that’s when the anxiety seems to lessen. I’m a strong believer in a “Do more, analyze less.” mentality.

Be kind to yourself

That being said, we can only do so much as one person. We all have the same amount of hours in a day and we can only do the best we can. Our “best” is different for each day and that’s something that I am learning along the way. Some days I knock out my to-do list in a few hours and I feel like Superwoman. Other days, I feel lethargic, unmotivated, and maybe get one thing done. And that’s ok. There’s no reason to beat yourself up inside if you aren’t perfect and performing at your highest caliber. Tomorrow is another day and you have another opportunity to reset your mind and mood. Let go of the idea that you need to push yourself to max capacity at all times. Be kind to yourself and know that you are doing the best you can at that moment.

Move every day

The days when I don’t get an exercise break in, are the days I don’t feel the greatest – mentally or physically. Exercise could be a boxing class, HIIT, running, or it could also just be a long walk. Whatever type of movement fits into your day, do it. It will help clear your mind and also help you be more productive when you get back to your to-do list.

Yoga and meditate as a part of your routine

You can’t write a post about reducing anxiety and not mention the benefits of yoga and meditation. Yoga sometimes gets grouped into “exercise” since you are moving your body but it’s a much more mental state of being. You are learning how to be still and lessen the clutter that’s going on in your mind. As a part of yoga practice, try incorporate a few minutes, I mean maybe even two minutes if you can!, and be still. It always takes me a few moments to get settled in, noticing where my body feels tense, how my body just wants to fidget, but if you are patient with yourself and find your stillness, it will do wonders for your mental state.

Create a schedule

When I don’t have a list or schedule laid out, my brain feels like a jumbled hot mess. At the start of each week or at the beginning of each day, create your master schedule and stick to it. As an entrepreneur, it can get easy to use your freedom to have long lunches, do errands, etc but that eats into the prime day light hours where you can get a lot of work done. Treat your schedule as an entrepreneur as a regular work day in the office. This will also help you procrastinate less and we all know procrastination can lead to stress and feelings of anxiety.

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Find a like-minded entrepreneurial group

There’s so much strength and comfort that comes when someone says “Same here!”. You feel a little less alone in your endeavors. A little less out there on an island. After speaking to entrepreneur friends of mine who have gone through similar feelings of anxiety, I know that this is a real feeling. Even just doing check-ins with others to see how we’re all feeling does wonders. Everyone needs an outlet of some sort to express themselves.

Collaborate, not compete

The comparison game to others in your field can be very detrimental to your mental state. Rather than getting anxious and annoyed with seeing the success of others in your field, view them as your mentors or collaborators. If you see success in others, learn from them so you can grow with them. The minute you start to view others as a competitor, that’s the minute you have lost. Why create unnecessary anxiety and stress in your life by adding in the element of competition?

Focus your energy on others

I find that when I focus on a paycheck, an individual project, or viewership, my brain goes a bit on overload. However, when I refocus my energy on my WHY, my purpose, and my desire to help others – I think less about the minutiae in my day and more about how I can serve others in the most impactful way possible.

Gratitude, always

I am a huge fan of journaling and gratitude journaling is real. I find my mind becomes a lot more clear when I have the right perspective. If you haven’t started this practice yet and are unsure how, I wrote a how to gratitude journal post to help get you started.


Many of these tips were created with being an entrepreneur in mind; however, these can all be implemented into your lifestyle even if you do work for an employer. Let me know if these tips helped you. I’m here to help inspire you to be the best you, you can be. 🙂

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On surgery day, I was terrified. I thought I wouldn’t wake up. So on the surgery room table, before I could feel the anesthesia, I told the surgery team my “final” words, ‘Tell my mom and Tiger Lily I love them’. She was always my priority. Always my family.

When I eventually woke up the first thing I asked my mom is ‘Where is Tiger Lily? How is she?’ I was even trying to get my mom to sneak her into my hospital room but security stopped her. I couldn’t wait to have her in my lap.

I eventually got discharged from the hospital and I had to spend weeks on the sofa downstairs because I couldn’t make it to the bed on the second floor. So on a narrow sofa, Tiger and I slept together, all day. I felt so bad for her since she seemed so bored and she was only sleeping next to me because her mama was recovering.

I made little promises to her though, I would make it to the patio and sit down there for a few minutes so I could throw her toy with her (she would only play fetch with me). Then eventually I was able to take slow walks with her and sit down on a park bench while she played.

She helped me focus my energy on getting better for her. No one else could take care of her, like I could. I got stronger for her. Tiger Lily gave me purpose each day. Baby Tiger helped me heal.

Maybe this is part of why the pain is unbearable. We’ve been through so much, even in our short time together. The pain today feels just as excruciating and suffocating like it did a week ago. Praying tomorrow will be better. 💔
  • The story of how my baby Tiger Lily came into my life

March 2018 my family and I lost our family Pomchi, Puffy. She had been with us for 13 years. She was my parents baby and I was the fun sister that got to come hang with her.

When we lost her I felt an emptiness and wanted some doggy energy around. I thought fostering seemed interesting. It’s temporary. I’ll foster a dog for a couple days and then that’s it.

One day I scrolled and found Dogs Without Borders. I came across a little Tiger Lily. What a funny name, I thought. There was something about her that I was drawn to. I think it was the ears.

I was still nervous about it and didn’t know if I could handle it but one day I went out to dinner with friends and we were talking about it. There just happened to be Tiger hot sauce on the table and it said TRY ME. We laughed, I had never seen that type of sauce before! It was definitely a sign.

So I fostered her and I remember I kept her blocked off in an area of my house. There’s no way I was just letting her run free where ever she wanted to go.

Then I started seeing how scared she was. She would regularly shake; so confused as to where she was. ‘I’m a good girl why is my life like this’ she probably thought.  So I became more lenient so she could feel more at ease. I guess fine she could be on the sofa once in a while when I was around but only on her pillow. I guess fine she could be on my bed but only if she stayed on her side. Boundaries only really lasted a couple days. I’m weak.

Then after just less than a week, her former foster family wanted to adopt her. I had been thinking of adopting her but then thought it was better for her to go with them. They were a couple with other animals in the house so it felt like a fun, full home for Tiger to be in.

After just two days, the couple told me they changed their mind. If I didn’t want her then they’d end up returning her back to DWB. I was livid. Once you commit to adopting a baby, there is a no refund policy. Baby adoptions are not merchandise to exchange for another fit. I missed her and didn’t want Tiger to go through another transfer so I decided to adopt her myself. (contd in comments)
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When I first got you I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would you like me? Would you be a lot of work? I could not have asked for a more perfect baby. You always listened to your mama, except for when it was bed time and you insisted on taking my side of the bed. I always pretended to be annoyed but what did I tell you every night? I said ‘Little baby Tiger Lily I love you, you’re the very best girl. I’m going to see you tomorrow and I hope you dream about all the yummy treats we’re going to eat’. Sweet baby, you were so strong. You struggled all day yesterday and when the doctor said there’s not much hope I took you home so you could be comfortable. You were so brave to be strong enough to be in the car in my arms and to make it all the way home. I didn’t let you go and you took your last breath in my arms. Snuggled with all your blankies. (contd)
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Facts: Swollen gallbladder, low body temp, stomach is fluid filled, slight water in lungs, now in an oxygen cage... - doctor says her stomach and gastrointestinal system is not working. I don’t know what to do. Maybe another opinion or doctor would know. I have a copy of blood results to help.

Please forward to anyone who might have another opinion. My heart hurts I can’t breathe and I need to save her like she saved me. 💔🙏
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Pancreatitis is what my 13 year old family dog, Puffy, passed away from back in 2018. So to hear that Tiger Lily may have this... 💔 Pray for Tiger please. Anyone that knows me even a little knows exactly how much she means to me and I just can’t have her be sick because I need her. ❤️
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This isn’t the typical content I generally write about but I think it’s important to make a difference in some way. As much of a health advocate as I am, I’m really an advocate for change; change for the better. We are all capable of so much and collectively the possibilities for positive change in our communities are limitless. But change comes when there is action behind it.

I’ve been politically active for years. I’ve traveled, canvassed, phone banked, fundraised for the candidates/issues I support. It’s tough, invigorating, gratifying, and eye-opening all in one.

Rather than speak about partisan politics (there’s enough of that out there) – I wanted to give a PSA to remember to register to vote! Your voice can make a difference when you show up for yourself and for others. I listed a state by state breakdown with voter registration deadlines up on the blog today. I encourage you to check it out. ❤️#bethechange #advocacy #registertovote #positiveimpact
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We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve but it’s just going to be that much more difficult to reach them if you don’t have your health! 🙏 I wrote a blog post on how often you should be seeing your doctor as a general guideline to help you. Remember to feel empowered to ask questions, listen to your intuition and get a second opinion if you need it!

Set aside half an hour today to track down phone numbers, check your calendar, and schedule those appointments.

This year, I want us all to not just survive but to THRIVE. 💕🙌
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