Mental health is no joke.
We live in a world where running behind materialistic gains is the only thing we do. Do you remember the last time you went for a movie without constantly checking your emails? Do you recount a vacation where you met people and had a conversation, with no potential gain? The entrepreneurial hustle gives you a great sense of independence, money, and power. But, it also takes away from you. Hence, it is crucial for you, to constantly energize your mind, body, and soul.
Here are 5 reasons why entrepreneurs are more susceptible to mental health challenges:
Uncertainty and stress:
Stress and uncertainty are almost synonymous with the entrepreneurial life. Hence, it is important for you to develop healthy coping mechanisms to identify and address your shortcomings. If not done, you may develop unhealthy coping mechanisms which may only worsen your situation. The next time, something is stressing you out, make sure you don’t allow it to affect you personally. Take the learning it has to offer you, and let it pass. This will not only help you grow emotionally and physically but also help you build a stronger empire of healthy employees around you.
As an entrepreneur, working late hours, having no social life and maintaining an image is common. What most people don’t know, is that these habits are a precursor to depression. Hence, it is important for you, to consciously evaluate your thoughts, and realize where your thoughts are meandering.
Most entrepreneurs work long hours, have poor socializing skills and often times isolate themselves from the regular routine. A regular routine may just mean taking time out to meet friends, having conversations without a business agenda, or even just having a humane conversation. The next time you meet a colleague or co-worker, have a genuine conversation. This will help you build bonds and constantly motivate yourself with the stories of others.
Not speaking up:
Most times we speak about the weather or the traffic. We hardly speak about the things that really bother us or don’t allow us to sleep at night. As entrepreneurs, you are forced to always showcase your best self, be it at the office, at networking meets or even investor summits. But, what’s important is, to know it’s okay to occasionally come across as vulnerable, “normal” human beings. Encourage your team to speak up as well. Talk about your fears, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities.
This would not only help you understand your team better and connect on a human level but also encourage others to believe it’s okay to be imperfect. This would also help in developing healthy coping mechanisms with a peer group to constantly support you.
Equating self-worth to success:
As an entrepreneur, you often associate self-worth with the growth of your company. Sadly, most entrepreneurs don’t understand where to draw the line. A common phenomenon with most entrepreneurs is that they get so absorbed in the status of the company, that they often equate their own self-worth, to that of the company. Success and failure are like two sides of the same coin. When encountering failure, it is crucial for you to understand it’s only a part of the learning curve, and that too shall pass.
What you can do this World Mental Health Day?
With the world becoming more transactional in nature, it has become increasingly important, to just stop. Stop, step aside from the worries that bog you down and introspect. Introspect your current mental status, question things that bother you and answer those questions.
Talking about mental health is almost a taboo in our country today.
Too much is done to pamper the physical body, and too less to strengthen the mind and soul. Take time out, to do just that. Do the things that make you happy, irrespective of monetary returns. Practice the art of mindfulness and vipassana meditation to identify and address what’s holding you back on your journey.
It’s important for you, as a business leader to endorse and break the norm. Make it okay, to not be okay. Encourage group talks and seminars to demystify the common beliefs people have about mental health.
And lastly, always remember:
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Tenzin Gyatso