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For many of us entrepreneurs, our main focus is our business. But it shouldn’t be. Our overall health should be a higher priority. We work long days every day, leaving little time for recreational activities. There is a greater chance of a longer and more balanced life if we make our health and self-care part of our normal lives.
A survey by the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards found that 58% of entrepreneurs surveyed had mental health problems with conditions such as anxiety (21%), depression (19%), and stress (41%) and 55% of respondents said that running a business has harmed their mental health. 71% also indicated that they experience above-average stress in the workplace on a daily basis.
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dr. Michael Freeman, a psychiatrist and researcher at UC San Francisco, conducted a study in 2015 that illustrates how different founders are from the rest of the population. He found that 72% of entrepreneurs reported having a mental health history, as opposed to just 48% of the participants in the comparison.
It’s understandable to want to keep going until we’ve achieved what we consider success, or whatever our goals are. But that’s a surefire way to either fail, give up, or experience burnout. Consider these facts and tips on your entrepreneurial journey so you can be your healthiest and happiest.
1. Entrepreneurs are their company’s greatest asset
We like to think that our eBooks, courses, products, services, etc. are our greatest asset, but the fact is that we are our own greatest asset. Think about it, if we’re always so busy “running business” that we neglect our health and happiness, causing mental problems, fatigue and burnout – how valuable would we be to our business?
2. Being healthy affects motivation
If you don’t have time to go to the gym, you can do something as simple as walking. I put in my earplugs, turn on some of my favorite songs and I walk. That sweat is starting to flow, and I tell you, those feel-good endorphins help clear my head and bring me to a higher level of calm and clarity. It raises my mood. If you haven’t already, add some sort of physical activity to your life and try to do it at least three times a week. Eating healthy also helps. I’m not saying you have to be a health junkie, but replacing soda with water and eating more of the right foods helps too. Also make sure you get enough sleep. When you are healthy and happy, you are more focused, energetic and productive.
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3. Use your circle
Stay away from people who put you down. Have conversations and interactions with people who contribute to your happiness and peace, such as family or friends. If you can’t have that face-to-face interaction for whatever reason, a Zoom meeting can be helpful. Having close relationships with other entrepreneurs is also ideal. Who knows what you experience more than any other entrepreneur? If you don’t have a circle of entrepreneurial friends, join one or create your own.
Meetup is a website that allows users to organize get-togethers with others who enjoy the same activities. Some common examples include sports teams, book clubs, entrepreneurs, startups, and social groups. By signing up, you can find a group that fits the activity you’re looking for, or create your group to bring others to you. Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) is another great resource. They bring together female entrepreneurs from all over the world to help them connect, scale their business and ultimately succeed. The DWEN community welcomes entrepreneurs at all levels, from startups to scale-ups. You have to have balance.
4. Prioritize Your Mental Health
If you feel something is not right in you, don’t ignore it. Call in help. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, toll-free, 24 hours, 365-day per-year information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members with mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment centers, support groups and community organizations.
5. Relax, refresh, recharge
It’s important to relax, refresh and recharge because if we don’t, it causes stress. And stress can dampen positive traits, which can impact our interpersonal relationships and our coping mechanisms. Do something that relaxes, refreshes, or recharges you. Some things that help me are reading, writing and a warm bath. Pause, even if only for 10 minutes. Step away from emails, cell phones, TV and social media. If you can, take a 30 minute nap. Go on staycation. In general, make your health and happiness a priority.
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Let’s make sure that in our quest to be the best for our customers, we are the best for ourselves first. We are no good to anyone if we are not good to ourselves.
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