Entrepreneurship is stressful enough on its own, but when you add in concerns about your own and loved ones’ health, financial uncertainty, and the political fervor of an election year, it’s easy to see why health organizations and crisis helplines are reporting up to eight times higher rates of people seeking help.
Of course, some of this is due to the fact that routine mental health services were more difficult to get by during quarantine. There are a variety of reasons for this, including a lack of disposable income, concerns about the safety of visiting a therapist’s office, and the inability to use telemedicine services. Due to the burden of keeping their businesses afloat during this pandemic, entrepreneurs, in particular, maybe more prone to deprioritize mental health services.
As a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and CEO who is dealing with the same stresses that so many of my friends and colleagues are. While I am a great believer in seeking mental health help whenever possible, there is a lot to be said for doing what you can at home to support your mental health.
Dr. Joseph Yi, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist who specializes in Holistic Psychiatry and Detoxification, gave me some advice recently. He’s an entrepreneur who founded his own clinic, Modern Behavioral, and a holistic psychiatrist. He provided some of the most critical advice he gives his patients, particularly at this period of increased external stress.
1. First and foremost, pay attention to your body’s
Our bodies are always communicating with us. Unfortunately, our bodies do not speak our language, thus symptoms are the only method to communicate with our thoughts. It’s not necessary to have a disorder just because you don’t feel at ease. Your body could be dehydrated, hungry, sleeping and exercising insufficiently, or simply feeling awful because you’re surrounded by toxic people.
2. Get enough rest.
Invest time and effort into getting adequate good sleep.
Every night, the human mind requires between 6 to 9 hours of sleep. For best brain performance, we should aim for 8 hours of sleep. You won’t be able to function properly if you don’t get enough sleep. Make sure to devote time and effort to sleep.
3. Eat healthily.
We are not what we consume, but rather what we have eaten. Fat, protein, water, and minerals make up our bodies. There is no one-size-fits-all diet, but we must all make a concerted effort to eat fewer phony processed foods (those that arrive in a box) and more real foods that grow from the land.
4. Do the correct exercise.
According to FourCreeds, Our bodies were designed to move, and we either use them or lose them. We have trained ourselves to accomplish practically everything with a smartphone from the comfort of our own homes, thanks to incredible technological improvements. To become more productive and effective at work, exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time.
5. Make the appropriate connections.
Maintain relationships with family and friends, as well as with yourself. More and more of us are feeling alone as a result of social alienation and continuous mask discussions. A psychological drive to connect with others exists in all humans. Without understanding the skill of connection, it is nearly impossible to be successful in life. If you’re finding it difficult to connect with others as a result of the recent pandemic, set aside time each day to connect with yourself or a higher force.
6. Correctly stimulate the brain.
Fun is the polar opposite of depression. We are frequently so preoccupied with our job lives that we forget that the human mind craves new experiences. You can’t call yourself successful if you’re making a lot of money from your business but not having enough joy and happiness.
Are you unsure where to begin? Dr. Yi believes that eating, sleeping, exercising, and interacting with others are the most crucial components in helping his clients make lasting changes in their life. He says, “Either you’re all in or you’re not.” “Doing three of the four will not result in a long-term method for cultivating a positive mindset.
For example, a person can eat well, exercise regularly, and socialize with the appropriate people, but if they do not get enough sleep, all else will be thrown away.”
No matter how well we adapt to this new—well, not so new—normal, the epidemic is taking its toll on all of us. Taking purposeful measures to stay mentally fit on a daily basis is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your company, yourself and your loved ones.
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