As an entrepreneur, you know the odds are cast against you.
No, seriously. In a country where half of all new businesses fail within 10 years, it’s easy to see how entrepreneurs have a rough time building successful companies. Even if you’re among the few who will find success, there are several major challenges you’ll overcome.
With this picture in mind, it’s no wonder mental health disorders are common among entrepreneurs. 30 percent report having depression.
So, how do you beat the odds while staying mentally fit? In this article, we’re telling you what you can do to take care of your mental wellness.
Strive to Maintain Healthy Work-Life Balance
Striking a balance between life and work: this is one of the biggest challenges for millions of entrepreneurs and workers in the United States.
Often, most people struggle to stay away from work (or work activities) when it’s home time. Just think about it: how many times have you replied to a work email during the weekend? Or finished a work report from your dining room or couch?
As an entrepreneur who wants to stay mentally fit, it’s important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Sure, building a successful takes hard work. You have to put in several hours every day.
There’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you maintain a healthy work-life balance, you’ll stay healthy and maintain sharp mental fitness.
Bear in mind that keeping a great work-life balance doesn’t simply mean avoiding work when it’s home time. It also means taking a vacation and practicing other self-care techniques.
Set Achievable Goals
You have your goals. Perhaps you want to double your revenues this year. Or you want to open new locations. Or you want to go public.
Setting goals is an ideal way to achieve your entrepreneurial dreams. However, setting goals that are beyond your reach is a sure way to set up yourself for disappointments, which can lead to anxiety disorders.
As such, it’s super important to set goals you can achieve within a certain time-frame. It’s not bad to be ultra-ambitious, but there are real consequences if you don’t achieve your goals. Especially with regard to scaling a business, it’s vital to be realistic. Use industry trends to set your goals.
Get a Mentor
Getting a mentor might sound like an unnecessary thing, especially if you want to do things your own way. However, being mentored can make the difference between success and failure, and thus the difference between mental health wellness and mental health disorders.
The big question is: how do you find the right mentor?
There’s no doubt that finding a mentor who will add real value to your life is a big ask, but it’s not impossible. Chances are you have someone you look up to; someone who has done what you want to do. Reach out to them and ask if they can be your mentor.
With a mentor, you have someone to guide you, help manage your expectations, and keep you grounded.
Be Mentally Fit
Your brain is everything: all your business ideas come from there. As such, it’s in your best interest to keep yourself mentally fit as you pursue your entrepreneurial journey. With these tips, you now know what you can do to take care of your mental wellness.
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