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Entrepreneurs & Their Mental Health

As a small business owner in the field of Mental Health, it’s Important I know how to look after myself.

My morning routine is important, it consists of getting up (without the alarm), generally around 6am, make a hot water honey and lemon, the off to then head to the gym for an hour before work.

Being an entrepreneur or business owner is so rewarding, especially as it gives you the freedom to work around your home life, get this balance right and it’s a job from heaven, get it wrong and it’s a living hell.

The University of California conducted a research study to understand the link between entrepreneurship and mental illnesses. It was found that 49% of entrepreneurs surveyed were dealing with at least one mental illness (such as ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, addiction, depression, or anxiety) and about one-third of entrepreneurs struggle with two or more mental illnesses.

Entrepreneurs are revolutionaries — challenging the status quo, working to bring about a change, choosing a life of hardships and sacrifices, putting in sweat and blood into something that may be deemed impossible by most of us on the road to success.

It’s time to start giving your body some credit, because as an entrepreneur your health is your strongest asset. Plus, a week spent on a hospital bed would mean a week of productivity compromised and I know that an entrepreneur can truly not afford that.

If you spend a lot of your time online, especially Facebook, you’ll notice there’s a new breed of entrepreneur, the ‘Boss Babes’, The ‘Hustle’ & ‘Grinders’, well hats off to these guys if they can sustain that lifestyle, I tried and eventually burnt out, they may know something I don’t?

It time to stop and ask yourself  ‘Am I really looking after myself as well as I can be?’ I can almost guarantee you aren’t, as there are very few business owners and entrepreneurs that do.

Your life is important, much more important than your business, and we are all going out the same way we came in, with nothing.

I get being and entrepreneur can be lonely, and there are days where you will be it be isolated, and if your heads not in the right place it can cause all sorts of problems for you, yourloved ones and your business. 

There are ways to ensure you are looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and I’m going to share with you three ways to do so below.

Have an accountability partner, coach or mentor, these guys will help you see your blind spots, and ensure you are not over doing things, get one who has been where you are, they can help you much more than you think.

Take breaks, I mean really take breaks, get up stretch, get out the office for 5 mins, do whatever you need to do to switch off for a while, you are better to take a break and then work yourself to the bone, you will be more productive as well, win win.

When you get home, take a bath, I’m serious here, take a bath, I used to think this was a load of old tosh but since I’ve been doing it I’ve been sleeping better and my muscles get chance to loosen off.

Self-care should be top of your priority list, and if it isn’t then you need me as your Mentor.

Remember you are the most important person in your world and you cannot be replaced, start looking after yourself now, you’ll be glad you did.

Entrepreneurship matters today, more than ever. It is entrepreneurs who are driving social and economic growth, creating new job opportunities, and standing as a critical firewall against recessions and other outcomes of global economic volatility. 

Entrepreneurship is an incredibly demanding profession, so while you’re out there chasing your dreams, remember to take a break once in anwhile and thank your body for being an impeccable partner-in-crime. 

For further information on wellbeing, mentoring and workshops visit www.mindcanyon.co.uk

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