Updated: May 23
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.
Mental health is extremely important as it affects our overall well-being and quality of life. Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it can impact how we think, feel, and behave. Good mental health enables us to cope with the daily challenges of life, have positive relationships with others, and make meaningful contributions to society.
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 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗘𝗢 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 R3(Revive Reset Rebuild) Counseling & Coaching Services, PLLC, Tayona Fraylon.
What do you believe are the biggest Mental health challenges facing
entrepreneurs today? How can entrepreneurs recognize and address these challenges?
I believe the biggest mental health challenges facing entrepreneurs is a lack of boundaries and self care. When starting this business, in the midst of the pandemic it took more work with less results due to offices being closed and limited assistance from remote workers. Starting and running your own business, it is essential to reflect and acknowledge the impact personal and professional concerns are having on oneself. Entrepreneurs need to set consistent daily, weekly, etc. goals for self-care. However, setting them is just the first step. Following through on your self-care and reviewing and inspecting ones on boundaries will allow shifts where necessary.
Journaling is also a very effective tool to reflect on the effectiveness of self-care or reveal the lack thereof. Entrepreneurs must also recognize the importance of a break for self rejuvenation. It can “feel” like you do not have time to stop in the beginning but you have to learn it early or learning to incorporate the “Prioritization of Self”, as I like to call it, becomes insignificant. Taking care of oneself is how one must take care of their business.
How do you balance the demands of running a business with taking care of
your mental health? What strategies do you use to maintain your mental health and well-being?
I must first acknowledge that self-care has to be a priority in this business. In order to balance the demands of running a business and my mental health I make sure to do a daily check in with myself mid-afternoon and at the end of the day. I ask how I am feeling,
referring to my mood and how I rate my productivity. I have several strategies to incorporate maintaining my mental health and well-being. I have to plan my days with the professional and personal needs incorporated in a list that I approach only by asking “what is first”, I also schedule a monthly massage. Scheduling in down time to listen to motivational messages and doing therapeutic and or supervision check-ins are also key elements to making sure you are in tune with your mental health.
Answered by: Tayona Fraylon, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗘𝗢 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 R3(Revive Reset Rebuild) Counseling & Coaching Services, PLLC
𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 + 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗔. 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗔𝗬 𝟯𝟭, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝘄𝘄.𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗖𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗳𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽.𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼