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How do you disconnect from your startup at home?

Maria Garnier Operations Coordinator en Socialatom Group

November 8th, 2017

I still get moments that I want to snap. Any way to not bring emotion from work back home? Workout usually will just make me more angry... Meditation/music can only help when you are not at the edge point. Talk to people helps. But one person can only bear with you for so much. Even though it is a good friend/love you very much. Even tried chatbot. Again, not working when at the edge point...

What are your suggestions to tackle disconnecting from the day to day pressure and stress that is involved with building and scaling a company from the ground up?

Eric Gaze

November 9th, 2017

I never fully disconnect. I don't think anyone really ever does. I do have times where I'm not thinking about my startup, but it's always there.

Instead, I believe we all just find coping mechanisms. One I like, on top of of Adriana's method of writing everything down or Konstantino's of going for a walk, is to allow myself to be angry. I go somewhere private and just be angry. I cuss, I yell, etc. Pretty soon, I end up laughing at myself and it's over.

I think getting angry is a sign that you/ we actually care about what we're doing. Nothing is ever going to come easy, and if we're going to succeed we're going to have to have our own tool sets to cope with what comes at us.

The best we can do is learn healthy coping mechanisms, like talking to people, writing out our thoughts, exercising, music, and maybe even just letting out all the frustration in a positive way.

Over time, you'll find your way and what used to frustrate you will become old hat and you'll have newer, bigger problems to deal with. ;)

It happens to all of us. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Adriana Baron IT project manager

November 9th, 2017

Try writing every day what you feel and whats happening. When you write down things you offload your brain from all the thinking. Leave that in your notebook and come back to it later to address anything that needs to be addressed and also consider counselling.

Konstantinos Alexakos academic, teacher educator, educational researcher

Last updated on November 9th, 2017

Sometimes I feel similar to what you describe. Walking through nature, smelling the flowers and hugging a tree help, both as grounding my self as well as from a health perspective.

Ema Chuku Product Developer. Founder.

Last updated on November 9th, 2017

Quit.... or make it a habit to take a walk every time you end your day’s work.

Btw, our works is not what fuels our anger, rather it’s our lack of self control that’s the result of it.

Krystian Fiedoruk Aspiring Entrepreneur with rising experience

November 9th, 2017

I love Eric's answer! Anger can also be a good emotion. Find the way to release it (shout, kick, jump, hit...)!

I used to work even harder when I got frustrated and inpatient. It didn't help!

Now I just disconnect by fully engaging in playing with my kids or just simply gaming on xbox.

And you know what? Turns out that wether I engage or disconnect from my tasks, it doesn't make big difference for my projects. But it does makes difference for my head...