Mental Health and the Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions. The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo. Most start-ups are one-person machines. The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.
A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion. However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused. Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?
The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.
Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind. The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal. Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent. It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.
My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.
4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur
- Engage in Self-Care.
- Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
- Complete a personal and business inventory.
- Seek professional help.
About The Author
Shanna A. Jefferson, LCSW, is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity and achieve greatness. As a Woman of God, Change Agent, Business Executive, Life Coach, Philanthropist and Author – she is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others. Having achieved a Bachelors of Public Policy and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at Capella University.
In addition to her academic achievements, Shanna is a thriving entrepreneur as well. She is CEO of Destination Greatness, Founder of The Destination Greatness Foundation, COO of 1929 Enterprises, CEO of Divine Vision Coaching and Consulting and Chief Visionary Officer of Shanna A. Jefferson, Inc. She is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Financial Therapy Association. At age 32, Shanna became a self-published Author with the release of 32 Shades of Greatness and thereafter The Greatness Toolbox: 33 Tools for Success and Be Bodacious: A 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs to Elevate Your Life.
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