How are you managing your mental health as a business owner or entrepreneur?
Over the past couple of years, bushfires, floods and COVID-19 have conspired to create a particularly difficult environment.
And, while we’ve been blown away by the resilience shown by the small business and startup communities, we know things aren’t getting better for everyone.
For those looking for support, this article lists a few resources available to you: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/coronavirus/mental-health-resources-entrepreneurs-small-business/
I'd love to hear if you have used any of them? Do you have any other resources or methods you can recommend to others facing challenging times?
I agree with @Tom Valcanis . Journaling has been a huge help to get through these tough times. Being honest in your journaling and pouring out all those concerns, new truths, and just how you're feeling helps destress a bunch.
I manage it in a few ways, and the first one is talk to people. If something doesn't feel right, ask someone you trust and talk it out. No, they might not understand. But at least you will get it off your chest. Join a support group, see a counsellor, do whatever suits you best.
Second, journal. Keep a daily (or near enough) journal. Opening up by writing things down is not only good for tracking your own progress but getting clarity on your thoughts.
Third, tell the truth. Tell it to yourself, tell it to your loved ones, tell it to everyone around you, as hard as it seems. If you say "Oh, I tell the truth 90% of the time..." Well, how do I know I'm getting the 90% or the 10% that's BS? Truth is the currency of business. Hiding things, being dishonest, pretending everything's alright...reality always kicks down the door of fantasy. Always. Truth isn't a convenience, it's a winner's mindset.
All three elements are explained much better in the following books, which I recommend every businessperson read:
A Rational Guide To Living by Drs. Albert Ellis & Robert Harper, Ph.D
The Situation Is Hopeless, But Not Serious by Dr. Paul Wazlawick, Ph.D.
The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday
Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown, PhD.
"Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way..." - Pink Floyd.
I'm not doing anything differently to what I have done in the past. We have ups and downs. Downs don't instantly mean depression it's just normal. I much prefer being out on site doing things than being in the office but at the same time it's nice to be able to get on top of things that have slipped down the To Do list.
The monthly networking steak nights with about 20 other guys helps too...