Entrepreneurs are those who resilient, self-sufficient and motivated, determined, and have endless amounts of perseverance. All of these traits are excellent for them to be a successful business owner. However, that doesn’t’ mean they aren’t vulnerable to the stresses of day-to-day life.
Taking care of your mental health is an essential part of your overall health. In the business world, a 2015 study found that 72% of entrepreneurs suffered from mental health concerns. For how high that number is, it’s important to see how you need to spend time on your mental wellbeing.
At GR-US.com, we want you to stay healthy to keep working at your business. We have six mental health rules for entrepreneurs to remember.
Know the Symptoms
Because you’re likely working extended hours every day, and deal with a high amount of stress with owning a business, it’s important that you know the symptoms of common mental health concerns. Anxiety and depression are common in our society, and the more stress you have, the more these two illnesses can creep up on you.
Know Your Triggers
Once you know the symptoms of mental health illnesses, you can start to focus on some of the triggers that cause stress in your life. When you know these triggers, you can develop a plan to try and avoid them, or learn how to overcome them.
Manage Your Workload
You’ll have a lot happening in one day as an entrepreneur. One way to help take care of your mental health is to learn how to manage your workload effectively. That may come in many ways. To start, it could be taking a step back and looking at the size of your workload. Are there things you should give up to help balance things out?
Managing your workload may also mean delegating tasks to other people involved in your business. Find people you trust and have them help you with some of your daily tasks (without piling up their workload too).
Have a Support System
Everyone needs a support system, especially when you’re life gets stressful. Entrepreneurs tend to deal with an incredible amount of stress quite frequently. So, it’s essential for them to have a strong support system and network to lean on. It could be friends, family, colleagues, or professional care. Whatever it may be, your support system should be readily available to help you out in times of need.
Schedule Some “Me” Time
One of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to do is to sit down and do nothing. However, if you don’t, you’ll start to put a strain on your mental health. Schedule in some “me” time throughout the day and week. It could be as simple as having a morning walk to start your day off. In extremely stressful times, you may need to take a full day to yourself, and that’s okay.
Have Your Mental Health Tools
You have certain tools that help you with your job. So, why not build up your tools to help take care of your mental health? These tools are things like your support system, doing enjoyable things that boost your mental resilience, and learning coping mechanisms for stress.
Take control of your mental health by remembering these six rules above. The more you can do to ensure your mind is healthy, the better you’ll be able to adapt to stressful situations and continue with your business.