Founders, Feeling Stressed? Check Out These Posts

Published March 19, 2020

The life of a founder is stressful. Founders have to worry about their company, their employees, their investors, and other stakeholders, on top of their loved ones and themselves. The past few months have certainly not helped to eliminate stresses that founders are feeling.

In a time of uncertainty, it often feels like all eyes are on leaders waiting for them to make the next move. Not only are founders feeling the additional stresses of the last few months, they are also looked to by their employees and other stakeholders to guide the ship. We are no mental health experts ourselves so we’ve shared our favorite posts to help founders deal with stress and pressure, especially as we face uncertainty.

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Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist who helps high-achieving people manage stress, maintain healthy relationships, and be awesome at work. In the Guide to Managing Founder Stress, Sherry offers a thorough guide for all things related to managing founder stress and health.

Three factors stress people out: (1) a lost of control (2) uncertainty (3) a lack of information. Max Yoder, CEO of Lessonly, addresses these three factors so you can better assess stressful situations.

Happiness is Peace in Motion

Naval Ravikant, Founder of AngelList, shares why people should want to “find peace from mind” to increase happiness and make stress go away.

In a time of uncertainty, employees lean on leaders more than ever. Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, shares 7 things that CEOs can do to help employees that are feeling overwhelmed.

Justin Kan, Founder of Atrium, shares his program that he used to increase his mental health during his time as a startup founder.

For the Love of Founders

Josh Felser is a 2x founder and has felt the stress of being a founder. Since then he has started a venture firm, Freestyle Ventures. In this post, Josh explains the stresses that he felt and how Freestyle is helping their portfolio founders with mental health.

How to Deal with Founder Stress 

Jason Calacanis is a famed angel investor who has been around quite a few founders. In his post from 2015, Jason explains how he personally handles his stress and how founders can do the same.

We hope these posts are helpful! It can be tough to spend the time on your own stress and mental health. Remember, it is often important for the people around you that their leaders guide the ship with a clear mind, especially with the uncertainty that lies ahead.

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