The most valuable thing a person can have is their individual peace. With a clear mind you can accomplish nearly anything.
Over the last few years the term “self care” has been thrown into pop cultures vocabulary and associated with spa days for women, and talking to the bros for men. But the real conversation is still yet to happen on a authentic and widely relatable level.
When the topic of self care arises there is often a bullet point list of things to do to help you with your mental and physical health but no one dives into the unthinkable: mental illness and entrepreneurship.
It is said that the world needs more compassion when it comes to mental illness, but truth be told it’s a very complex experience for all involved. On one hand, we have the stigma of what it is assumed to look like when witnessing someone with a mental health impairment, and on the other we have the inside of the mind of someone with such diagnosis.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is a philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and perception. (Via Wikipedia)
If a man says he is depressed, but never is professionally diagnosed how serious do we take him?
We live in a fake caring culture where so much is politically correct that no one can decide what’s suitable to be correct. And when living with a mental illness it makes this complicated world even more complicated. Instead of admitting that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer we find ourselves debating over who received the most liked answers.
To respect one anothers differences it’s time to acknowledge that mental health self care is not monolithic. Especially when it comes to owning, running or developing a business. Discovering what helps you function with some type of normalcy takes some real deep diving into self discovery.
Managing a business is a challenge in its own, managing a business when experiencing depression, racing thoughts, paranoia, delusions, or mania is like a forced roller coaster ride. You know it will come to an end at some point, but during its intensity it feels like forever.
Therefore, how do you manage to manage? You dedicate yourself to yourself. For yourself. No one can help you better than the person in the mirror. If you want success as someone with a mental health issue you have to dissect your habits so that you will continue to understand your triggers and your best moments.
This plays out to be true for those who have anxiety but still seeks to have a profitable business despite their personal obstacles. And it can be done.
If your mental health is starting to affect your physical health, treat yourself like you are sick and take days off as needed.
‘Business & Mental Health’ will be a series of articles dedicated to the success of those who may struggle with the belief or willpower of winning due to a chemical imbalance.
Articles written are based on human experiences and events. Seek professional medical advice and attention as needed.