How to Stay Awake at Work

Many people rely on coffee for a buzz that keeps them animated throughout the day, but if you’d rather avoid caffeine stimulation, try drinking a glass of water.

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Not long before I graduated from college, I met up with a former boss to catch up, talk about my still-forming plans for work after school, and learn more about what that transition was like for her.

She imparted as much wisdom as she could and was very encouraging, but one of the tidbits I later came to appreciate most was about sleep. After she graduated and started working regularly, it took her weeks to feel awake at work. She didn’t snore in the middle of the office, but she definitely felt it — and so did I.

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The Depressed Entrepreneur. Caring For Yourself and Your Business

Unremitting stress. Economic unpredictability. Isolation. Difficult clients. Sales dry spots (or seasons), money vs. family, a frayed social safety net and a crazy self-employment taxation structure. It’s a perfect storm that that can lead many entrepreneurs to feel anxious and depressed.

Fortunately, there are some tools we can all use to keep us strong and healthy. This article (courtesy of the Weebly Inspiration Center) has some great suggestions for beating the blues. These tips seem so simple, but how many of us really take the time and energy to follow through?

Depressed Entrepreneur? Taking Care of Business and Yourself.


Depression can hit almost anyone, making it a struggle to even get out of bed and start the day. If you run your own business while wrestling with a bout of the blues or a more severe form of depression, you may be tempted to curl up under the covers for a few more hours of sleep. After all, you’re the boss, right?

With customers to serve, projects to deliver, business to win, bills to pay and relationships to manage, your venture needs you. If melancholy keeps you from showing up, either physically or emotionally, your business and, more important, your well-being may suffer.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Entrepreneurs aren’t immune to depression, and such struggles shouldn’t be a big surprise given the pressures and isolation that many face.

The Price We Pay

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot out of you, both physically and psychologically. Long hours, difficult negotiations, the sheer volume of work, economic worries and more can gang up on you until something snaps. Let’s hope that never happens! As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in  mind, check out this blog and the Healthy Entrepreneur group on Arlington Entrepreneurs to take wisdom and to offer it.

On that same note, here’s an interesting article that I found a few months ago, called “The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship.” It’s a great read.

By all counts and measures, Bradley Smith is an unequivocal business success. He’s CEO of Rescue One Financial, an Irvine, California-based financial services company that had sales of nearly $32 million last year. Smith’s company has grown some 1,400 percent in the last three years, landing it at No. 310 on this year’s Inc. 500. So you might never guess that just five years ago, Smith was on the brink of financial ruin–and mental collapse.

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