How to Run a Business with Anxiety + Depression
Starting a business is hard emotionally.
It's lonely, stressful, risky, and there's a lot of pressure on you. It's even harder when you add in mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
We're talking about the 6 things you can do to make running a business a little easier.
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Stop the Hustle
The myth that we need to be hustling all the time in our businesses, with no vacations, breaks, or weekends off is insane. It wears us down emotionally.
Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Business is a marathon, not a sprint.
View Your Feelings as Signs
When I start feeling the symptoms of anxiety (heart racing, panic attacks) or depression (tired, unmotivated), I try to view these as signs that I need to take better care of myself. Instead of thinking, what’s wrong with me, ugh not this again.
They’re just signs that I’m working too hard and I need a break.
Focusing on gratitude daily can actually change the way our brains think. We can train them to view situations in a more positive light.
I’ve been using the 5 Minute Journal to track my gratitude daily. It. makes a big difference in my day when I can focus on what went well.
Give Yourself Grace
We’re our own bosses. And sometimes that’s a bad thing. I can be way harder on myself than I would ever be on an employee.
Practice grace toward yourself next time you’re feeling anxious or depressed. Talk to yourself like you’d talk to a friend.
Go With It
Sometimes pushing through the feelings is a good thing. But sometimes, it can make you feel worse. Give yourself permission to take a break. Reschedule meetings and internal deadlines. You’ll bounce back faster if you just take care of yourself.
If you need to reschedule a meeting or a deadline, it’s okay. Tell people that you’re not feeling well and that you need to reschedule. They’ll understand.
And if they don’t, you don’t need to work with them.