Entrepreneurship and Mental Health

entrepreneurship and mental health
entrepreneurship and mental health
Take care entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, mental health was never a priority for me. My priorities lied in increasing revenue and the operation of my businesses. I’m here to tell you, I was wrong. Mental health is part of overall health. If health is a priority, mental health is right there as a priority as well. Entrepreneurship and Mental Health are not always discussed together. But to succeed in Entrepreneurship, your mental health must be in top shape.

Entrepreneurship is a lonely road that can bring on depression or anxiety, or both. If you’re a solo entrepreneur, chances are you don’t have much mental support to overcome these moments. Here are some tips to keep your mental health in good shape, as an entrepreneur.

  1. Get a mentor- Your mentor can be a good support system for business and even personal decisions.  Choose mentors whom you are comfortable with that understand you and your business. No need to bring on a mentor that brings frustration.
  2. Get a therapist- This should really be number 1. However, I understand talking to a therapist isn’t always the first choice (personally, I think everyone should have access to therapy) for some people. If macho man Tony Soprano can go to a therapist, you can too. Like a mentor, chose a therapist you’re compatible with. Prioritize your appointments with your therapist. Complete any workbooks or assignments given to you.
  3. Join Industry Organizations- When I first started my throne chair business, it was novel. Nobody was renting and selling these big chairs. I couldn’t find groups for my niche so I just joined Entrepreneurial groups and one women’s group. These organizations are very supportive of business owners.
  4. Keep a journal- Writing has helped my mind stay sharp but it also helps with mental health. I’ve been practicing writing certain sentences down, before taking actions. My journals tracks my mood and completion of goals.
  5. Give yourself a break- throughout the work day, pause periodically, to clear your thoughts. I personally do mini meditation sessions 3-4 times a day. This helps me to be mindful.

What you don’t want to do is neglect your mental health. Read my story to see why it’s a bad idea. Being an entrepreneurs can be a lot of work. With proper mental health care, everything will work in your favor.

Note:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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