Education & Career Trends: April 11, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
Beyond a visionary mindset and the ability to persevere there’s another key to success — sound mental health. A great deal of what makes a top-notch entrepreneur or professional is about taking good care of your mental health over the years and preventing burn-out.
A study out of UC Berkeley says a whopping 72% of entrepreneurs have some kind of mental-health issue.
However, there are ways in which you can prioritise your well-being.
Here are some suggestions to take care of your mental health:
1. Get the social support that you need.
- Having support is an important factor in your mental and emotional health. It also has a secondary effect on your physical health as well.
- Lack of social support is linked to depression, and loneliness has been shown to alter the function of our brains leading to various issues.
- Talk about your mental health with those around you. Sharing and not carrying the burden alone can be incredibly helpful.
2. Don’t shy away from professional support.
- Telehealth visits, mental-health apps, EBT/DBT and mindfulness apps are a great way to fit professional help into your daily grind.
- Professional help doesn’t need to be just a psychologist or therapist; it can also be personal-development coaches, therapists and healers.
- These professionals can see outside of our periphery and help us deal with the past and be able to move forward positively.
3. Say yes to daily healing practices.
- Entrepreneurs everywhere can find the time to develop a daily practice for the benefit of themselves and their business.
- Daily practices can include meditation, gratitude, breathwork, yoga or even going for a walk.
- Make it something you enjoy and that gives your mind and body some peace.
4. Outsource to save your energy.
- Outsourcing in this context is about looking at your life and finding the things that are taking up mental space and depleting energy and finding someone else to handle it.
- Outsourcing could look like hiring someone to do your laundry or clean your house or getting a meal service.
- It could also be about hiring outside help for social-media management.
5. Show self-compassion and self-acceptance.
- Regardless of your role, we all need a healthy dose of self-acceptance.
- Seeing your struggles for what they are, and accepting them as part of you, makes it possible for to move forward without shame and judgement.
- This has a ripple effect beyond our mental life and allows us to then be open-minded and accepting of others and their struggles.
Lastly, if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please reach out for help immediately.
Have you checked out yesterday’s blog yet?
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