Health + Wellness,  Life$tyle

How to Maintain Your Mental Health as an Entrepreneur {Seasoned + Newbies}

Being an entrepreneur comes with a lot of added stress that non-entrepreneurs may not always understand. Not only are there the normal job stressors like lack of time, compounding to do lists and constantly feeling overwhelmed with everything that has to get done but there are also unique stressors that come with straying from the mold. Especially in the beginning, there can be an uncertainty of where your next paycheck will come from, constant bombardment of disapproval from family and friends {this is more common than it should be, btw}, and doing everything on your own can add a lot more tension than originally anticipated by the average entrepreneur. All of the added stressors can take a toll on your mental health that you may not even notice until it’s too late. Here are a few ways to maintain your mental health so that you can continue prospering in that business or venture:

  • Unplug when needed – Never be afraid to take time for yourself. You are the oniy one who knows when your body needs a break. Your break can be as short or long as you need.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors – It is easy to stay cooped up in your office or building because you feel as though you need to be hands on at all times. Make sure to go out and get some natural Vitamin D and enjoy where you are in that moment.
  • Pick up a hobby that isn’t your business – Find another outlet so that you can release all of that built up stress that comes with being an entrepreneur.
  • Meditation or prayer – depending on religion, you may have different words and definitions for these things but the message remains the same ~ give yourself the space and time to sit in complete silence and do whatever it is that you need to do to find your center again. Many people do this daily as a way to keep themselves grounded.
  • Find likeminded people – guys… it is so helpful to have a tribe of likeminded people that you can actually vent to and they understand. It’s so helpful to have friends + family on board, but if they aren’t business savvy or don’t have experience running their own business, 9 times out of 10 they aren’t the right person to go vent to because they won’t understand or may not give you the feedback that you’re looking for.
  • Therapy – I haven’t done this yet, but I plan to soon. Therapy can help you release stress or buried traumas that you didn’t even know that you were carrying before. I am an avid proponent for therapy because I truly believe talking to a bipartisan person helps you uncover the truth of our inner workings + helps us a heal.
  • SAY NO – do not stress yourself out by having a full calendar because you continuously say yes to every opportunity that is thrown your way. This is the easiest way to burnout and/or mental breakdown.
  • Be more intentional in what you do – Do you find that you spend time in your business doing tasks that feel like a waste of time once you’re done? Yeah, it’s the worst feeling ever. Make sure that you know the purpose for everything that you do for your business so that you aren’t aimlessly wasting time.
  • Don’t ignore the signals – you know your body and mind. You know when you’re headed for a downhill spiral and you know when you start to feel better and are more positive. Pay attention and act accordingly.
  • SLEEP – never forget to sleep. That’s the number one way to keep your mental health in check.

What are some of your top tips for maintaining your mental health? Let me knowwwwww

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