#RealTalk I have battled with my own mental health since puberty. It's a part of me that I have learned to embrace and continue to work with every single day of my life.
I'm not gonna lie, being a business owner definitely doesn't help with my stress and anxiety, but it is also what, I believe, I was put on this planet to do and it makes me feel fulfilled and happy all at the same time.
Being a business owner can sometime be a lonely island that is hard for other to relate to, so I compiled a list of things that I have found helpful with managing my mental health as a business owner.
1. Find Your Tribe
There is nothing more important than finding a tribe of likeminded humans that can help you work through your life and business challenges. With social media, this has become easier than ever to find those people! Here are some of my tribes:
- My fellow Moroccanoil educators
- The Denver Boss Babes Collective (a Facebook group)
- The Bridal Beauty Collective (a Facebook group)
- People I met at Rise Business (a business conference)
- My fellow wedding vendors
Wherever you find your tribes, use them! They want to help and more than likely know exactly what you are going through.
2. Find Your Happy Places
I have a list of things that I do whenever anxiety and depression start creeping in. This is something I think every human being on the planet should have and I call it my exit strategy. Here are some of my exit strategies:
- Take a bath (there's nothing. bath can't fix in my book)
- Call my mom or sister
- Take a drive
- Bake cookies
3. Ask For Help
You are not in this alone! I know it may feel like it sometimes, but there are literally millions of business owners out there who have all gone through exactly what you are!
The best thing I ever did for my mental health was to start talking with a professional about it. That can be a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist. They even have online options to talk to a mental health care professionals on your own terms!
Whatever route you decide to take, remember this, you are never alone!