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- Focus on work, not numbers.
- Invest in creative outlets.
- Write down your frustrations.
- Do not discount therapy.
s are stressed more than ever. A Canadian mental health study found that 62% of business owners felt depressed at least once a week and 54% said that stress was affecting their focus at work. This research was done before COVID, and we can only imagine how much the percentage has increased during the pandemic, especially now that we are facing a second wave.
If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner, you have likely invested a large amount of your time developing your business. The unintended result of this is that your business performance in all other areas of your life is largely responsible for your mental stability, your feelings of satisfaction, and your productivity.
Most industries have experienced some frost during this pandemic and we have all had to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances. However, the more we hold on, the more it seems that this pandemic just won’t go away as many had predicted. Since we are in the middle of the second wave of this virus, it is even more necessary to take care of our sanity. That’s how it’s done:
1. Focus on work, not numbers
While some companies have managed to find gold and have seen impressive gains in profits during this pandemic, most entrepreneurs are struggling. There is a very real temptation to be obsessed with falling numbers and worrying about how to get better results, but that’s a recipe for mental health disaster.
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We don’t know how long this pandemic and its restrictions will last. So there is no reason for you to compare your pre-determined numbers with your current numbers. Things have changed and you may need to establish a new basis on which to gauge your performance in the pandemic and then set a strategy to increase it across the board.
The key to finding a balance is to focus on the day-to-day work you do for your business and seize every opportunity to make positive changes and adjustments.
Some entrepreneurs use this time to learn new business-related skills. During this time, others are rediscovering how to market their customers. These are the small positive steps that you should focus on, not your stagnant or declining numbers.
2. Invest in creative outlets
Focusing on work is great, but sometimes you need to invest in something that isn’t business related to keep your mind balanced.
Many entrepreneurs now have more time than before. In many cases, this leads to feelings of unproductivity and dissatisfaction as they, in turn, compare their pre-COVID activity levels to their mid-pandemic activity levels.
Creative activities give the mind a sense of productivity and fulfillment. The second wave can be annoying, but it also gives you time to finish the creative project you’ve been putting off for a long time.
The exact creative activities that soothe differ from person to person; A coloring book can be helpful, or maybe a woodworking project. The idea is to stay productive even if productivity isn’t directly affecting your business.
At this point it is also important to maintain the attitude that “this will happen too”. Knowing that you will have productive businesses for many years after COVID will greatly reduce your anxiety.
3. Write down your frustrations
You don’t have to write any best seller of New York TimesYou just have to keep writing about your experience during this pandemic. Experts have suggested that journaling is a form of therapy because it allows you to express your deepest feelings and frustrations on paper as well.
Diaries are a way to control your emotions. You can also identify patterns that indicate deeper mental health problems and work to address them.
The fear we have all dealt with during this time is palpable, real, and can be devastating. This should not be taken for granted. Journaling is a way to heal a troubled mind and become more productive.
4. Do not rule out therapy
Many people find that they can manage high levels of anxiety by following all of the above, exercising regularly, and spending time with family and friends. However, in some cases, these strategies do not alleviate the fear that entrepreneurs have of their business struggles.
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This may indicate that a lot of their self-esteem is related to their business, and this is a sign that they could benefit from therapy with a psychologist. There should be no stigma for getting help. Just as anyone can develop physical illness and need treatment, so anyone can develop mental crisis and need treatment.
We have no idea when this pandemic will end, but we know it will end. Until then, we need to take care of our greatest tool for business: our minds.