Entrepreneurs are more likely than any other demographic to experience loneliness, depression, and other mental health issues. I’m here today to tell you that if you’ve felt like this, you’re not alone. I’ve also experienced my fair share of depression during my entrepreneurial rollercoaster.
We’ve all been there; when we’re working behind a screen all day, we’re not really interacting with anyone. You might have some online connections you chat with here and there, but there’s really nothing like that in-person communication to boost your mood. Inevitably, the lack of social interaction will lead to loneliness.
The future of entrepreneurship is changing already to be more open about mental health, depression, and loneliness. Because we are more likely to experience it, it’s time we open the conversation – and we are. And by talking about mental health, we’ll be contributing to making entrepreneurship a less lonely and even more accessible possibility.
As entrepreneurs, we need to prioritize self-care every single day. Not when you feel like it, every day. You don’t have to have a long, luxurious bath every day unless you want to, but you need to include some aspects of loving yourself. These are things like getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and talking to people outside your computer.
You should also get a hobby that’s away from your computer. Running, crafting, going to yoga classes, or whatever it is you want to do will all help you disengage and decompress from every day stresses your business brings.
I’d also recommend practicing gratitude every day. Whether you say one thing you’re grateful for every step you take to the bathroom or spend five minutes in the morning or night writing in your journal, this simple act helps keep your cortisol levels calm.
Lastly, make sure you have a support network. This network preferably lives outside your computer, so you physically have to go to meet up and connect in real life. They might be a local women’s network or just a group of friends you can really unwind with.
Do you have a support network? How often do you get outside your house for something that’s not business-related? Do you practice self-care?
In This Episode:
- How working behind a screen all day can lead to loneliness
- Why entrepreneurs are more likely to experience depression than the general population
- What will happen when we open the conversation about mental health in entrepreneurship
- Why you have to prioritize self-care in your daily routine
- How having a hobby helps you disengage and decompress from your business
- How practicing gratitude helps you keep your stress hormones at bay
- Why you need to have someone or a group of people to talk to
“People can and they will admire you for your successes but they find a connection with your struggles.” ([1:56])
“A recent study conducted and published in Small Business Economics found that entrepreneurs were much more likely to deal with depression and other mental health issues when compared to the general population.” ([8:27])
“When your identity is your business, you set yourself up for a one-way path to crisis. In entrepreneurship, failure and rejection are necessary steps on the journey to success.” ([16:13])
“When you go through the dark, you have to shine the light so you can see your way out, and that’s what talking about it will do.” ([21:53])
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About Dr. Cortney Baker… She is an award-winning entrepreneur, researcher, author, speaker, and an advocate for gender equality. As a leadership expert and mother of three, she is passionate about inspiring and empowering women to lead with greatness.
Dr. Baker is the author of the best-selling books: The Ten Do's and Don'ts for Business Leadership: Lessons to Lead Effectively and Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling. She is passionate about helping ambitious female millennial entrepreneurs go from side-hustle to CEOs!
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