We are the last to ask for help but are often the ones who need it most, so what can small business owners do to combat their mental health issues?
Vulnerability time. We all know that ,as humans, we are flawed and we go through times thats are, shall we say not so great for us mentally and emotionally. This takes a toll on both our our own physical health and our relationships with other people. As small business owners, our stressors can be many and varied, and the way we cope with them is too.
I’ll be the first one to put my hand up and say that, sometimes, I’m NOT ok. Anyone who claims to be 100% happy 100% of the time is either in denial or on some pretty hardcore medication. Owning your own business can be the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences but it can also be one of the most stressful. The buck stops with you and if you have a team, you’re no longer just responsible for your financial security but for theirs as well.
One of the hardest things for most small business owners to do is ask for help. Whether it’s from a sense of pride or privacy, the end result tends to be the same. At some point the dam has to burst and more than likely it will be at the worst possible time and maybe even directed and worst possible person. Your spouse, your children, even your friends won’t know what hit them and it will seem like you’ve lost the plot.
So what can you do? The obvious option would be to seek professional help. This may not always be necessary but if your mental state is impacting on your relationships and health, it’s important to make the call. You can also look at some self managed options, if you feel you’ve caught it early enough. There are a range of apps and programs out there that can help you manage stress, anxiety, mild depression and other negative mental states without the need for expensive medical bills.
As small business owners, you’re likely to want to try taking control of the situation yourself first because it’s just how we are. In the article “81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist” Katherine Schreiber introduces something for just about anyone when it comes to managing these negative mental states. Covering everything from meditation to journalling and all that's in between, you’re sure to find at least one or two that resonate with you.
Please. If you are struggling with mental health issues or even if you just feel like things are getting on top of you, talk to someone. Whether it’s a friend or a professional, a problem shared can be much easier to deal with than a secret kept. If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues and you need advice, call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or LifeLine on 13 11 14. There is nothing to be ashamed of and you will be thankful you reached out when you get to the other side of whatever you are dealing with.
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