Mental Health Matters for the Business Owner and All (Part 1)

While there are ways to prevent stress from getting on your nerves and rendering you senseless, there could still be one-too-many hurdles in establishing and managing your very own business.

How much more if you’re overseeing a bustling multi-million dollar startup?

Helping shed light on the matter

Such was the case of Matt Berriman, one of the co-founders of an Australian startup success story: Unlockd.

Berriman announced in February 2018 that he would step down as the chief executive officer of the company so he could attend more to his personal health, particularly, his bipolarism.

“Mental illness continues to be one of the most misunderstood and hidden epidemics of our generation,” Berriman said on his Medium post.

He also highlighted the fact that mental illness affects one in every five people and that it doesn’t discriminate, “whether you are a professional sportsperson, high flying executive, small business owner, employee working 9–5 at the local butcher or a parent at home.”

Berriman will still be working, especially with the incoming CEO, but in a way that will both benefit him and the company he helped establish.

Powerful tips to tap the power in you

So for this two-part post, we intend to give you some important tips and ideas that will hopefully help you maintain good mental health and your business at the same time.

1. Acceptance

Firstly, if you already know that you have mental illness and you’re reading this, we believe that you can overcome this.

If not, however, but you feel the symptoms of having one, then approach someone who knows about these things.

As with finding solutions to any problem, the first thing to consider and identify is the problem itself. Take it from a business owner who has successfully dealt with post-traumatic stress disowner all her life, HLG Scans Founder Charmaine Gresham:

“First, you must openly acknowledge and accept your mental health diagnoses. It’s not a death sentence or something you should be ashamed of.”

She suggests seeking physician care, professional counseling, and doing activities that result in peace and joy in your life. And if you fail at one point or another, she said to remember that “we’re all beautifully flawed human beings.”

2. Laugh a lot

Whether it’s watching six friends in New York, five guys with queer eyes, cat videos on YouTube, or simply spending time with little children, if it makes you laugh, laugh away.

Why? Firstly, you deserve it. Secondly, laughter or humor has been found to greatly improve one’s health. It’s natural. It’s instinct. It’s medicine for your soul, and we have documentation to prove it as far back as 2,000 years ago: the Bible, Proverbs 17:22.

But for a more recent example here is a case study:

Norman Cousins, not removed from his belief that he could get back on life, was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (a rare connective tissue disease) and was given a few months to live — or so the doctors said.

Naturally, he sought another doctor, transferred from the hospital to the hotel, and watched tons of comedy shows and laughed until his belly ached. He also had massive doses of Vitamin C, which his body was depleting him in some way.

He lived 26 years longer than expected. No joke.

As Matt Berriman and other people who are dealing with mental illness have found, it’s okay to have it while taking care of other things. If you can’t take time to address it, make time for it, as well as for the other activities that can help you get through difficult times. You can do it.

More on this in our next blog post.

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