Managing Your Mental Health as an Entrepreneur

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Mental health, if not addressed, can have debilitating side effects — some of which may be detrimental to your business.

By KEVIN XU, CONTRIBUTOR, CEO of MEBO International and Skingenix

This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, Entrepreneur.com 

When people talk about entrepreneurship, most of the discussions revolve around the sense of fulfillment or satisfaction they get from building something out of nothing. While this may be true, there’s another side to going into business for yourself: the price you pay.

That “price” is a psychological one. According to a recent survey, 30 percent of the entrepreneurs participating reported a lifetime history of depression. Another 29 percent said they were dealing with ADHD; 27 percent revealed feelings of anxiety.

Mental health issues, if not addressed, can have debilitating side effects — some of which may be detrimental to the business itself. Take anxiety, for example. When you’re dealing with a choice, the anxiety involved may cause you to overestimate or underestimate the outcome of your selection.

Depression can have a similar effect on decision-making; it can lead to a more pessimistic point of view, one that renders you unable to use the information available to make the best decision.

What’s more, feelings of apathy can lead to a lack of self-confidence, causing you to feel less valuable or validated by your work. Your employees don’t just expect a salary from you; they want a reliable leader and exemplary role model to learn from and follow.

It’s hard to give anything your all if you’re not healthy — mentally and physically.

 

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