8 Things You Can Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

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As a startup founder, you will be faced with many challenges. The good news is that you are not alone. Many other founders have gone through the same struggles and have learned how to overcome them.

The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to handle these challenges. What works for one person may not work for another, but the following advice can help you get through some of your toughest times.

When things get tough, remember that you are not alone.

What should startup founders do when they are feeling overwhelmed?

1. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

You can’t change the past and you can’t change the future, so there is no point in beating yourself up over things that happened or things that will happen. Just move on and learn from your mistakes. It is easy to get stuck in the past and let it consume you, but you need to keep moving forward.

2. Don’t try to do everything yourself.

You are not a one-man army and you can’t be the CEO, CTO, CFO, VP of Sales and the Marketing Director all at once. You need to delegate tasks that are beyond your capabilities or that require specialized skills. You will be much more effective if you can focus on what is important for your startup.

For example, if you are the CEO, you may be able to get your team to do a lot of the marketing work. If you are not good at sales, then you should hire someone who is good at it. Don’t do the things that will drain your energy and leave you feeling overwhelmed.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is probably because you are trying to do too much on your own. You need to delegate tasks that you can’t handle or that require specialized skills. If you don’t have the time or resources to do something, then find someone who can help you out and get them involved in your startup.

4. Take a break from work and spend some time with your family.

You need to take time for yourself and your family. It is important to spend time with them, even if it means taking a break from work. You will be much more productive when you are not feeling overwhelmed and when you have the energy to focus on your startup.

5. Get a good night’s sleep.

You need to get enough sleep so that you can function at your best. If you are not getting enough sleep, then you will be tired and stressed out all the time. You will also be less productive because you won’t have the energy to focus on your startup.

6. Don’t overdo it with caffeine or alcohol.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, then it is probably because of too much caffeine or alcohol. You need to cut back on these things so that you can function at your best. If you need caffeine to get through the day, then try drinking tea instead.

7. Take a break from social media and focus on your startup.

Social media can be very distracting and it can make you feel overwhelmed if you are not careful. You need to take a break from social media for at least an hour every day so that you can focus on your startup without being distracted by other things online. This will help you get more work done and feel less overwhelmed.

8. Get help from a psychologist or a coach.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, then it is probably because of some deep-rooted issues that you need to work through. You may also be dealing with anxiety or depression and you need to get help from a psychologist or a coach so that you can overcome these issues.

Sometimes, it’s not shameful to need some help through medication or therapy, especially when your bodily chemicals are out of whack.

Conclusion:

Remember that as a startup founder, you will be faced with many challenges. The good news is that you are not alone. Many other founders have gone through the same struggles and have learned how to overcome them.

The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to handle these challenges. What works for one person may not work for another, but the following advice can help you get through some of your toughest times.

When things get tough, remember that you are not alone.

About the Author

I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces, and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.

You can connect with me on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderlhk) and let me know that you are a reader of my Medium posts in your invitation message.

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Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.

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Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.

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