Most entrepreneurs are stressed. Stress among entrepreneurs is caused by a number of reasons, including limited time and resources, pressure to succeed, fear of failure, comparing themselves to their peers, uncertainty of the future, and difficulties balancing work and personal life. Entrepreneurs also often work more time per day than an average employee, and they sacrifice more to achieve success.
However, stress has, through previous studies, been found to increase the risk of a myriad of health conditions. Entrepreneurs who are chronically stressed should watch out for these consequences:
High Blood Pressure
Stress can lead to high blood pressure. This is because when we are stressed, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. This hormone can cause our blood pressure to spike and increase our risk for heart disease.
Chronic high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death. Many people, especially older adults, take medication to control their blood pressure. However, it can be prevented.
To address high blood pressure, entrepreneurs should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, sleep seven to nine hours every night, manage their time efficiently, and deal with stress in a healthy way. They should take breaks throughout the day to relax and rejuvenate.
Stress also leads to obesity. This is because when we are stressed, we often turn to food for comfort. We also release cortisol, the hormone released during a high-pressure situation, which can cause us to store more fat.
The link between stress and obesity is especially strong in women. Women are more likely than men to feel stressed and turn to food as a coping mechanism. They are also more likely to have weight problems.
To prevent obesity, entrepreneurs should eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. They should avoid eating unhealthy foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Another consequence of chronic stress is heart disease. Stress can lead to high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is a serious condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and death.
To reduce their risk for heart disease, entrepreneurs should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and excessive drinking, and manage their stress levels.
Another deadly consequence of chronic stress is stroke. Stress can cause the arteries in our brain to narrow, which increases our risk for stroke.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to our brain is cut off. This can lead to death or permanent damage.
To reduce our risk for stroke, entrepreneurs should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and manage their stress levels.
Anxiety and Depression
Chronic stress can also lead to anxiety and depression. This is because when we are stressed, our body releases cortisol, which can have a negative effect on our mood.
Anxiety and depression are both serious mental health conditions that can lead to suicide.
To reduce their risk for anxiety and depression, entrepreneurs should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and manage their stress levels.
Stress can also lead to dental problems. This is because when we are stressed, we often grind our teeth. This can cause our teeth to wear down and even break.
Stress also increases a person’s risk of having cavities. When we are stressed, we tend to eat more sugary foods, which can cause tooth decay. Moreover, long-term exposure to cortisol is known to reduce immune response which can increase the likelihood of developing cavities.
Teeth, when lost, will never grow back. People who lose their teeth in their adulthood had to get dental implants to restore their smiles.
Entrepreneurs should take care of their oral health by brushing and flossing regularly, using a mouthwash, and seeing a dentist every six months. In addition, they should seek healthier ways to deal with stress to prevent bruxism or teeth grinding.
Yoga, listening to music, walking in the natural environment, and laughter are some activities that can provide relief from stress.
Stress has negative consequences for health, but many people are still frequently under a lot of stress. Ironically, chronic stress is especially harmful because it can lead to burnout. We need to find ways to manage our stress in a healthy way so that we don’t experience the negative consequences.
These are only some problems caused by stress. There are many more, which is why it’s so important for entrepreneurs and everyone else to manage their stress levels.