The “always working” mindset of an entrepreneur is stressful, and overtime can take a toll on your mental health. The high stress and uncertainty of running your own business makes entrepreneurs especially vulnerable to mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. To get the most out of your business, it’s important to invest time into working on yourself. A great way to do this and maintain your mental health is through therapy.
Why entrepreneurs should consider therapy
Entrepreneurship comes with similar symptoms as depression
Studies show that entrepreneurs are familiar with stress, fatigue, isolation, and fear of failure. All of these symptoms are also common symptoms of depression as well. When you’re constantly working, sleeping less, and sacrificing pleasurable activities for work, it can start to wear on your mental health.
Learn how to set boundaries
No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’re most likely accustomed to saying yes – even when it may not be in your best interest. It’s important to know how to say no so you don’t end up feeling drained over things that don’t serve you well. Overgiving and working yourself into exhaustion are terrible for your creativity, and it can become very overwhelming and frustrating when you’re all checked out of ideas. A therapist can help you identify where you need to make boundaries in your life so you can stay focused on what matters.
Learn how to prioritize you
Knowing that you deserve time for yourself is a big step in the right direction for a mentally healthier you. Instead of feeling obligated to always say yes to others, say yes to yourself. A therapist can help you through the journey of getting back to yourself and recognizing your value and worth is separate from your business.
Learn that not everything has to be perfect
How many of your awesome ideas for blogs/videos/etc have you pushed to the back burner? If you keep pushing things off because you want to make them perfect but just can’t find the time to make them perfect, you’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs and business owners would rather put nothing out into the world than something that’s less than perfect. This mentality keeps you from moving forward. Making mistakes is part of life, and there is undoubtedly a person out there that needs what you continue to push off. A therapist can help you understand why this is a common pattern for you and help pull you out of that vicious procrastination and perfectionism cycle.
Access to tools and resources
Your therapy doesn’t have to end as soon as your session ends. Therapists will give you tools and resources that can help outside of their office. Throughout your therapy sessions you’re exercising your mental skills to be more aware of your emotions and how to work with them to live your life and work in a mentally healthy way. Therapists are committed to helping you and will provide you with the tools and resources needed to cope.
Navigating the stresses and challenges of the entrepreneur life is difficult and every entrepreneur goes through it. Keeping yourself mentally healthy will allow you to pour more productivity and quality work into your business. We’d love to hear from other entrepreneurs if you’ve had success with therapy or if you’re thinking about starting therapy. Let’s start a conversation so others know that they’re not alone! Comment below.