The importance of mental health awareness.
Most of the time I love being a business owner, it allows me to be creative, help clients feel better/do better. Being a business owner allows me to work with incredible people, and develop employees skills and help them grow. HOWEVER it is also the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
The stress of always trying to do the right thing by everyone and ensure that everyone around you feels happy, supported, nurtured, and appreciated. Whilst doing what is best to make the business successful is no mean feat.
The rollercoaster of huge highs and highs lows is like a never ending ride that is impossible to get off of, and where you crave to be on the tea cups instead.
It can be such a lonely position to be in, where you feel you are often misunderstood.
And then there’s the sense of responsibility and the pressure to always have the right answers 24/7.
I know so many business owners that love what they do, who always try and concentrate on and share all the positives about owning a business.
However few talk publicly about the other side of entrepreneurship. The side that we all experience but refuse to share, because that’s not what business owners do!
I don’t want someone to look at all the highlights and think that they’re failing because they’re struggling. I thought this even more so when I came across the figures below which I was researching ahead of mental health awareness week next week.
Statistics of mental health
‘72% of entrepreneurs are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues compared to just 48% of non entrepreneurs. That’s according to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health.’
The reality of being a business owner and the affects on their mental health needs to be spoken about more!
It’s not all plain sailing, it’s tough at the best of time’s, let alone after the last 13 months.
So, if you resonate with anything you’ve read or you have business peers/friends, reach out to them. Ask them if they’re ok. Let them know you are there for them, from experience it will mean the world to them.