If you are one of the 27.9 million Americans running a small business or a top executive of one of the country’s 18,500 businesses that employ more than 500 people, then you are already aware that you are very busy. You also know how impossible it is to keep up with things at home, as well. In order to get through your day, however, you must take your time to care for your mental health.
How to Improve Your Mental Health as a Business Owner
You will feel much better emotionally when you take care of your physical body. Therefore, find time to exercise at least three days each week. In addition to improving your health, exercising will prompt your body to release “happy hormones.” You will also have a more positive outlook on the world. See your doctor at least annually and take the time to treat any problems identified.
As a hard-hitting business owner, you are probably used to hiding your emotions. Instead of trying to hide them, make them work for you. Spend a few minutes each day practicing mindfulness. The skills that you thus learn will improve your ability handle tough negotiations or an angry customer. Examine your emotions to see what they are trying to tell you.
Listen to the way that you are talking in your head. If you find yourself thinking negatively, take a minute to examine why you are thinking that way. Most of the time, you will discover that you are not being realistic. The process, however, can help you identify problems that you can address. Surround yourself with at least one team member who always sees the glass as half-full because there will be days when you need to rely on their enthusiasm.
Make sure to schedule getaway time on a regular basis. Take a weekend trip and do something that you have never done before. If that is not in the plans right now, then take a walk to the nearest coffee shop leaving all your devices and papers in the office. Take time regularly to spend time with those you love. Stepping away gives you perspective that you will need when facing reality.
The boss’ office can be a very lonely place. Find a mentor who can lead you along the path. This person should be someone who you can share your deepest, darkest secrets with and who will truly listen to you.
In turn, take time to mentor someone who has even less experience than you. As you volunteer, you will feel better about yourself. Pour your whole heart into the experience. Realize that everyone has something to offer, so do not be surprised if you take more away from the experience than what you feel you are putting into it.
Journaling is a wonderful technique that many business entrepreneurs find invaluable. Give yourself permission to write down exactly how you feel. Also, doodle, cut pictures out of magazines, or make a creative collage. The process often allows you to develop a plan on how to move forward. Then, take a few minutes to devise a step-by-step plan to achieve your goals.
You already know that the boss’ office can be a very lonely place. Spend time caring for your emotional well-being. Start by taking care of your physical health by seeing a doctor and exercising regularly. Examine your emotions to see what you can learn. Listen to your self-talk to identify the real problems while you eliminate unrealistic expectations. Surround yourself with positive people. Step away from it all regularly to gain perspective.
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