When we start new company, it comes with lots of workloads and stress. Starting a company may be one of the most stressful things you can do in life.
Health is more important than your business as it will go long way with you in life. Here’s how you can take better care of your mental health in the process.3 Things Startup Founders Can do to Fight with Stress @BizztorMedia Click To Tweet
Taking steps to protect one’s mental health is important for all people, but especially so for startup founders. While not a definitive cure or treatment, here are some practical steps you can take to clear your mind and keep your stress in check.
Look for warning signs
One of the first things you can do to take charge of your mental health is to take time and dwell on how you actually feel, mentally. Ask yourself what’s on your mind and respond honestly. If it helps, try writing your answers down.
“If you find yourself getting into arguments more frequently than usual, if you are sleeping much less than normal for you, if your eating habits change significantly, or if you are using alcohol or substances more than usual, you are probably in the red zone and should seek out some help,” Michaelis said. Our bodies and our minds are more connected than we realize.
Set your boundaries
Startups, in general, are known for their hectic routines. Founders have an expectation placed on them to always be “on” and working nonstop towards their goal. In some people’s eyes, work/life balance should not be a part of the startup lifestyle.
Some people can handle a ceaseless workflow for extended periods of time without any ill effects, but they are likely the exception and not the rule.
“Work hard and efficient for 10 to 12 hours or so and then go home and do something completely different, something you love and can immerse in,” Arians said. “That might be your family, a sport or a hobby.”
Outside of work, find something else you can be passionate about. For many, this is exercise or dancing. However, if you’re more outgoing, maybe try an organized sport or class that puts you in contact with a new set of people you can hangout with.
No matter how independent you are, it’s important to have people in your corner who care about you and who you can journey with as you get your company off the ground.
“The first thing that entrepreneurs need to have is a counterpart,” Michaelis said. “If you or someone you know is a founder and you have a tendency to overwork yourself try connecting with a counterpart, coach, mentor or thought partner who you respect.
Keeping the right people close means that you will have someone looking out for you who can, hopefully, see the things in your life that you can’t. This is useful for your business as well as your personal life.
Be open with your friends, family, and significant other about being honest with you, and be willing to receive what they have to say. You want people who will call you out for overworking yourself, and who also will hold you accountable for taking care of yourself.