The stress of my startup sent me to the doctor. Now I'm doing yoga!

Everything was piling up and I couldn’t see a way out. I was only sleeping three to fours hours a night and was exhausted all the time. I had severe headaches. My wife kept telling me I am short-tempered with her and the kids.

At work, I was the only one getting anything done. There was no problem I couldn’t solve, but the tensions at work were getting to me. There was never enough time or money. People didn’t get back to us when they said they would. I was the only one in a rush to get things done.

Yesterday a tax bill came in when we haven’t even made a sale. How was this possible? I called the tax bureau repeatedly, but no one ever answered the phone. I don’t have the money to make the payment and I don’t even know why we’re being charged.

Over the weekend, I began to feel depressed and my skin started itching. I did not want to get out of bed and for the first time I didn’t want to go to work. The final straw came when one of my key people quite. I went to the bathroom and started crying.

The next day, I went to the doctor and she told me I had a stress-induced condition. She offered me some medication and told me to figure out a way to reduce my stress. I’ve started doing yoga everyday and it's helped me manage my stress.