Caring for Your Mental Health
In today’s society, talking about mental health online and personally is common. After all, we all have good and bad days. However, when it comes to professional life, many business owners and budding entrepreneurs keep their mouth shut. There’s a stigma that working hard and working endlessly is the be-all and end-all of a business – but burnout is very real and can take a toll on mental health.
What affects the mental health of a business owner?
Along with the pressures of running a business, entrepreneurs must also deal with paperwork, hiring their small team, juggling family life, and getting in enough downtime.
How can I care for my mental health?
- Stop idealizing being busy – Having too much on your plate is far too revered in start-up culture. Try delegating tasks – not everything needs to be on your shoulders.
- Schedule downtime – Just as you’d add a meeting to your calendar, schedule in when you’re going to take a break. Whether you go to the cinema, relax at home or take a walk in the park, your work will benefit when you take a step back.
- Cultivate mindful practices – Meditation and mindfulness may be buzzwords of the century, but they can work to relax your mind and focus your thoughts. Try a guided meditation – even 10 minutes every day can help.
- Prioritize physical activity – Exercise is good for your body and brain. Whether you take up a new class or hit the gym, consider adding in regular workouts to your week.
- Seek help – Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? There’s no shame in asking for help from friends, family, or a professional.
Do you feel stressed as a business owner? For help growing your business and getting it off the ground, contact the Economic Development Collaborative to schedule a no-charge appointment with a qualified business advisor. We’re here to help.