Updated: May 22
As entrepreneurs, it is important to take care of our mental health as it affects how we work, how we think, and how we feel. Furthermore, research shows the importance of managing stress and maintaining positive mental health for successful business outcomes.
𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵. 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗔. 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 #𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗖𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗳𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽.
Today, we introduce you to Shanna A. Jefferson, a contributing author in Volume II of The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship.
From Burnout to Breakthrough
Several months after establishing my third office I was tired. I was drained. I felt burnout. I felt lost. I felt stuck. I felt alone. Financially, the business revenue was at the highest level to date at that time. However, I was also fighting insurance companies for reimbursement leading to inconsistent cash flow, which of course is imperative for the sustainability of any business.
But something was also missing. Like a part of me. I was so consumed by the intricate details of building my mental health practice that I had to put my doctoral studies as well as other obligations on hold because I was managing business operations in Durham, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greenville, SC.
Essentially, I was experiencing what I’ve since coined The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship.
I needed a break. Near my Greenville, SC office I would see the sign to Atlanta. I believe it was something like 172 miles away. I began to bargain with God for perhaps just a day trip to Atlanta. That didn’t happen as something pulled me back into the office. Ultimately, in mid-October of 2015, I was burnt out. Mentally and physically exhausted. I had no choice but to take a break. Thus, I booked a getaway to Atlanta.
I gained so much clarity and peace during that brief getaway. So much so that just 2 weeks later, I took a life-changing step on my Greatness journey when I walked into greater obedience by setting my footprints in Atlanta, GA on October 31, 2015. Not to live in the traditional sense…But to live in obedience!
Click here to purchase copy of Volume II of The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship.
𝗣.𝗦. 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 + 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗔. 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗔𝗬 𝟯𝟭, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝘄𝘄.𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗖𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗳𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽.𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼