The Mental Health Being an Entrepreneur

The Challenges and Solutions

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When you become an entrepreneur, you’re going to go through hell and back.

This is why the vast majority of businesses fail. The odds are stacked against you. And if you don’t know that going in, it will take a toll on your mental health.

In most cases, entrepreneurs don’t even know where one ends and the other starts.

So I thought I would take some time today to talk about some of the mental health issues that entrepreneurs face and how they can affect your life (and what you can do about it).

Entrepreneurial Stress Syndrome (ESS)

This is one of those conditions that we don’t really like talking about but its there nonetheless. ESS is kind of like PTSD but instead of being from things like war or self-defense situations, its from business related stressors.

Headaches & migraines

Anxiety & panic attacks

Stress/pain in neck/shoulders

Insomnia

Tinnitus

Memory loss

Depression

Suicidal thoughts

Entrepreneurial Midlife Crisis

So once again we have another condition that doesn’t actually have a name but needs one (and needs more publicity). Basically if ADHD applies for children who have trouble paying attention and focusing on their schoolwork then EMC would apply for entrepreneurs who have trouble paying attention to some of the things that they should be doing in their business.

Entrepreneurial Depression

If there was ever a condition that could be called “the most common mental health issues” this would be it.

Mental Health Breakdown

I don’t think I need to explain this one further…basically if you go insane…its not a good thing for anyone involved, including yourself.

Take time off

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms I mentioned earlier, it might be a good idea for you to take some time off and reevaluate what’s going on and what can be done about it.

Take care of yourself

For many entrepreneurs, being an entrepreneur is like having a part-time job but they don’t have any health benefits so they don’t know how to deal with it properly when their bodies start breaking down on them or maybe they just don’t know about what kind of things to do for themselves when they are feeling stressed out by work…either way this is something that needs to change immediately because if you do not take care of yourself in this area then the rest of your life will be affected negatively by it.

Talk to someone

Whether its friends or family members or even other entrepreneurs who are going through similar issues at work, talking things over with someone who understands can really help put things into perspective for us when we are feeling down about ourselves or our businesses.

Get more sleep

It sounds simple but getting more sleep literally helps everything in life improve…including mental health issues (and yes, these are mental health issues).

Take up a hobby

This is something that I used to think was stupid but now I understand why this is important for some people. Sometimes when you start your own business, it can feel like work never ends…and if its bad enough with what you do for a living then I highly recommend taking up some type of hobby that will allow you to relax and have fun with your time.

In Conclusion

No one is immune to mental health issues and entrepreneurs are no different. I know that when I first started my business, I didn’t realize what I was getting into and how much stress it would cause me day after day.

Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.