Building a business from ground-up is a challenging task. It requires a lot of hard work, long hours, days without sound sleep, and spending a lot of time away from your near and dear ones. The life of an entrepreneur is a stressful one. Stress caused due to physical, emotional, and mental challenges.
Like most people, entrepreneurs tend to their physical health by running regular check-ups and follow-ups with their general Physician, but like most, they tend to ignore Mental Health.
Evidence shows that 72% of entrepreneurs are affected by mental illness.
An important lesson about taking mental well-being more seriously is seen in Philip J. Burgières’ story. Philip was the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company and the captain of the ship of multibillion-dollar companies. He was an epitome of success. But what happens when a captain can no longer operate his ship? There came a time Philip was no longer able to bear the mental stress and clinical depression that plagued his daily existence. When he checked into a rehab facility, the company stock’s suffered and plummeted by 10 percent.
In this stressful time of COVID-19 crisis with so many uncertainties causing financial strains to entrepreneurs, we have listed a few tips and tricks to manage your Mental Health.
Here are five ways on how entrepreneurs can take care of their mental health:
Take A Break; you need it!
It is a common assumption now that the busier you are, the more productive you must be, and consequently, the more successful. This is not entirely true.
Even successful and busy entrepreneurs like Neil Patel find time to go out with friends, as stated in a post on his blog.
Don’t get stuck behind your desk sorting mails and closing deals all day, every day. Take a break, go out with your friends, watch a movie with your loved ones. You can even take swimming classes on weekends or, better yet, go to the beach!
Relaxation makes you healthy physically and keeps your mind sharp. Remember, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Find time to work out an hour or two daily. Morning is the best time to exercise. Do simple exercises like push-ups, light weight lifting, and yoga. Exercising will help you a lot as the Physicians Postgraduate Press reported that it reduces anxiety, and depression thus improving mental health and cognitive function.
Don’t be stuck in the office all day, proudly wearing the badge of being busy. Health is wealth, and you cannot take it for granted. Remember, you are the captain of your business ship; if you go down, everything goes down.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Food is the fuel for the human body. Entrepreneurs are found skipping meals and taking a lot of fast food, not caring about the health consequence.
Research published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience shows that adults (under 30) eating lots of fast food significantly increases perceived mental distress. “Eating junk food harms mental health, making those who consume it regularly feel depressed,” said The Daily Telegraph.
Eating well (i.e., a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients) can promote brain health and prevent anxiety disorders.
If you can, consult a nutritionist to know what diet is best for you.
The true entrepreneurial spirit that every entrepreneur should possess is the ability to turn a deaf ear to negative comments.
In the early stages, when you start with your journey, things are usually rough. You might meet many who would be unable to envision your business idea. Don’t listen to naggers. It is crucial to surround yourself with your family, friends, and loved ones who encourage you. Having a mentor can help make the ride smooth.
Always seek help when you need it. Please do not feel ashamed to reach out to others and ask for help when you need it. To seek professional advice from experts is the right thing to do. Having a reliable support system of friends and family, along with expert professionals, is necessary.
As put beautifully by the renowned Indian-American author, and advocate for alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra, MD, “Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships – not only with each other but with life and the ecosystem. You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.”
Start small and take a moment for yourself and tune in to a keynote by celebrity author Deepak Chopra, MD at Road To TiEcon (RTT) on June 24th at 7:30 AM PDT.
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