Many ways to maintain your mental health
So we've alerted you to spot signs of burnout, directed you towards the wonderful world of Sanctus, how about some positive steps towards maintaining your own mental health.
From a personal perspective, my biggest issue as I battle on various fronts with start ups, family and life .... is not keeping as healthy as I should.
Failing to maintain optimal fitness and diet has a direct impact on my sense of wellbeing and from that, my focus and motivation from which I'm at risk of under performing, failing to achieve targets I set myself, with consequences on self worth ... etc. etc.
You get it, it's a slippery slope.
So I'm on a constant journey of trying to maintain positive habits, such as;
1.Eating well is crucial for my sense of well being.
For me, it's about getting into good routines and making myself accountable.
When things go bad or results are disappointing, I can quickly reach for that super size chocolate bar so my aim is to monitor closely during the week, perhaps treat myself during the weekend.
2. Exercise. Well it's not rocket science, but can easily slip under a heavy workload.
I know how much more impactful I am when I've done even a small amount of exercise. Just cycling my daughter down to school in the morning, transforms my positivity and output. But I can quickly fall into bad habits of putting off the gym, or not following my physic instructions when nursing an injury, or snacking when I should be jumping on that bike.
3. Breathing exercises in the morning have been a recent addition to my daily routine and here, I take my hat off to that old gravelly voiced motivator, Tony Robbins.
His 10 minute breathing exercise in the morning is a winner, makes me feel super invigorated.
4. Never compare. Do you spend time comparing yourself with pals, peers, parents? I've certainly been quilty of that, particularly when faced with a setback or failure.
Most of my peers have stuck with successful careers and whilst they've had their ups and downs, it's been a relatively stable journey. The entrepreneurial journey is far from that and whilst I've never regretted once my decision to pursue this life, failure has brought on severe introspection at times and negative comparisons with others.
I love what I do, never regretted once the journey I've taken but it did take me a while to realise that I'm not defined by success or failure and that comparisons are neither healthy, nor relevant.
5. Close the laptop, watch some comedy, have a snooze.
If you're having a shit day, tomorrow is almost always better.
Don't fight it or force it.
When I've had a particularly challenging day. I shut up shop and put on some comedy.
Sometimes during the day itself, to break a negative flow. Some quick fire Alan Partridge or Larry David and I'm back in the zone.
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