Is your mental health suffering because of your business?

by April Cummins

We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of mental health. Most successful entrepreneurs understand that to take care of themselves, they must take a break every once in a while to recharge. But how many of us do? More specifically, when’s the last time you took a step back and focused on your mental health as a business owner? After all, few can afford to – right? 

There’s always something that needs to be worked on or something to stress about; the entire business often rests on your shoulders. In this blog, I will evaluate the reasons why your mental health could be suffering because of your business.

Constantly being on-call

As a business owner, you tend to think you should dedicate your entire life to growing your brand. While it’s true you need to be dedicated to your work to achieve success, we should define what dedication is.

You’re not dedicated to your business goals if you constantly write and reply to emails at all hours of the day, focus on every single detail, and do not take time off to relax. These are common signs of overworking yourself and will drive you to mental exhaustion. You can only maintain this level of work ethic for so long. Eventually, you’ll begin to experience fallback in all areas of your life because of your intense work schedule.

Not always having the answers

If you’re a business owner, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, a business rarely goes 100% to plan. Entrepreneurs are, by definition, people with vision; they can look well into the future and make decisions in the present to achieve that. This is a great skill!

On the contrary, this can be a very stressful thing to do because you are essentially taking a guess. Yes, it’s based on instinct and experience, but you have no guarantee your actions will lead you to where you want to be. 

Not sharing the burden

Business owners can experience a high level of isolation. They commonly hold the pressure and burden of the entire business on their shoulders. This means less time for friends and family, and the only social interactions that do occur, are for the sake of the business.

It is important to have a colleague or friend to vent to who understands how hard running a business can be. This allows you to have a chance to unwind and get some things off your chest. Sadly, a lot of us don’t think we have time to spare.

Success of the business = your success

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes business owners make is thinking this: If the business goes under, I go under, or my worth as a person lowers.” Sometimes businesses just fail. Owners should never think their self-worth is less because of it.  I always say failure is the opportunity to begin again with more knowledge!

What can you do to improve your mental health?

One of the simplest things you can do to take care of your mental health is to take a break every once in a while to recharge. It counts for even more than you’d think. If you are feeling overly upset, stressed and/or weighed down it’s always smart to seek a professional mentor or consultant.

The bottom line is this: if you feel like your business is affecting your mental health or you feel like you’re lying to yourself about the stability of your company, you may need some assistance.

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