Updated: May 27
How many times have you seen someone’s boundless optimism carry the day? Or someone seemingly completely relaxed achieves enormous success?
Our mental health plays a huge role in success. Oftentimes, depression, anxiety, and stress can cause brain fog and steal our energy. Overwork and overwhelm shut off the part of the brain that comes up with out-of-the-box solutions, so every task feels harder. Every decision, monumental.
What do those cool, calm, and collected business leaders know about mental health that maybe you don’t? How does this knowledge build business success?
They Try Not to Do It All
Successful entrepreneurs don't try to go it alone. There comes a time when stress, crises, or just the day-to-day grind can strike hard at mental health. It’s times like these that they know they need support from those around them. They start by building a team they can count on, even if it’s just having a friend to talk to when times feel tough. But more than that, they know when to get professional help. Having a counselor or business coach, or mentor to talk to can do wonders for preserving your mental health, especially when things get difficult.
Exercise is excellent for physical health, it’s true. At the same time, exercise does wonders for mental health as well. Your body in motion gets the blood flowing, which in turn sends more oxygen to the brain, meaning you’ll think more clearly. More important, the dopamine produced by exercise throws a little ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain, improving mood.
They Pay it Forward
By far, one of the best ways to preserve your mental health is to give yourself something essential to focus on, namely that of giving back to someone else. Sure, you have a mentor of your own, but this doesn’t mean you can’t mentor someone who might not be as far along as you are. By concentrating on helping others, you spend less time worrying about what’s going on in your own life. You just don’t have time. More importantly, you remind yourself of where you’ve come from and start to see the lessons you might have missed when you were in the thick of it. All of this serves to remind you that you’re not doing as badly as you thought.
Your mental health is crucial, especially if you’re working on your own without a whole lot of support from coworkers or a more traditional work setting. This is why it’s so important to pay attention now to action, which preserves mental health so you can focus on getting where you want to go.
Good mental health matters!