Entrepreneurs — Let’s Talk Mental Health (Part 2)

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Building a company is hard — mentally, physically and emotionally. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the potential reasons why almost 72% of entrepreneurs suffer from mental health issues. In Part 2, we are going to discuss when and how to seek help.

The Silent (Serial) Killer

“He is probably just having a bad day.”

The Sink to the Bottom

‘’Hitting bottom isn’t always a dramatic crash. Sometimes it’s a slow sink to the bottom.” — Jon Dishotsky, CEO and cofounder of Starcity.

Your body and mind can signal you in subtle ways when something is wrong, often before your conscious mind recognizes them.

  1. Constantly Overwhelmed. You feel like you constantly have too many things to handle, or too many issues to cope with. You feel like you have no time, or cannot get yourself to rest or even breathe.
  2. Fatigue. This physical symptom often results from or accompanies mental health issues. Fatigue can cause you to sleep more than usual or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
  3. Disproportionate rage, anger, or resentment. Everyone gets angry from time to time. Seeking support to deal with these feelings may be a good idea when they don’t pass, or if your anger is consistently disproportionate relative to the situation, or if they lead you to violence.
  4. Agoraphobia. People with agoraphobia fear being in places where they might experience panic attacks or feel as if they are trapped. Some people may become unable to leave their houses.
  5. Anxiety or intrusive thoughts. It’s normal to worry sometimes, but when worrying takes up a significant part of your day, and becomes excessive or intrusive, therapy can help you deal with it.
  6. Apathy. Losing interest in your hobbies and activities, the world around you, or life in general can indicate mental issues like depression or anxiety.
  7. Hopelessness. Feeling hopeless, especially after a period of difficulty, isn’t uncommon. But you have this persistent feeling that life is meaningless and hopeless, this might be something to be concerned about.
  8. Social withdrawal. Everyone needs some time alone to recuperate, especially for people on the introverted side. But if you often feel distressed or afraid, even, being around others, it might be beneficial to seek help to better deal with these feelings.

The Cure

“One of the most powerful things is to proactively work on your mental wellbeing, rather than waiting for the time when it feels like you need help” — Jess Ratcliffe, Professional Mental and Life Coach.

The good news is, help is all around you. And it doesn’t need to be “professional” per se.

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