From my point of view, the next pandemic (if we get through this one) will be a mental health crisis, as the pressure on small business leaders and their employees has never been greater. This is something we cannot ignore.
On The Small Business Radio Show this week, I discussed this with Britt Frank, MSW, LSCSW, a licensed psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and author of the new book “The Science of Stuck: Breaking Through Inertia to Find Your Path Forward.” She talks about the mental health myths that keep us stuck and stressed.
Britt says people expected themselves to work at the pre-pandemic level, even when everything was locked down. Their brains were already in the highest alert mode and their ability to perform common tasks decreased. She adds: “People expected a lot of free time (because they weren’t traveling); they had ‘open time’ but no ‘free time’ where they could do and go as they pleased. With all that ‘open time’ where they had nothing to do, they were left with only their own thoughts adding to the stress.”
According to Britt, the biggest myth of mental health is that it is somehow all in your head; that physical and mental health are separate. She emphasizes that “mental health is also in your body. Our brains live in our bodies that live in a physical world. During this pandemic time, our bodies felt especially unsafe.”
Britt sees a positive side to the anxiety caused by stress. She tells us that “Fear is the indicator light in the brain of your dashboard. The alarm is not the problem, it is a signal that there is a problem elsewhere. If we numb fear, it points to a problem elsewhere that needs to be investigated .”
If you feel fear, Britt suggests you literally “chill”. She explains that putting your head in the fridge or holding ice for 30 seconds slows your brain down.
People blame themselves for being trapped. Britt explains that the main contributor is to think that we shouldn’t be stuck. She adds: “Take a step in any direction and listen to feedback. We get caught up in the why and not the what. It is better to take a step in the wrong direction than not to take a step at all. “
Finally, Britt believes that we should not look for a “work-life balance”. She insists that this “came from the industrial age – what we want is “boundaries of work and life”. Can you put your work down or turn off your devices?”
Listen to Britt’s entire interview on The Small Business Radio Show.
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