4 Ways Entrepreneurship Impacts Your Mental Health

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Mere looking at an entrepreneur from afar, you will want to emulate their lifestyle and wish to be just like them. Unfortunately, most people hardly know what goes behind the scene and the mental stress they undergo. They are all quick to idolize or use a successful entrepreneur as their role model because they seem more driven and successful than anyone else does.

Several books and courses have been written about selling the dream of successful entrepreneurs. However, little is being spoken about their lifestyle and the serious mental health issues they might be undergoing.

Most entrepreneurs won’t tell you what they are passing through beneath what you see, as well as the mental cost they pay for their choices. They are continually being placed at a precarious risk that could affect their mental health.

Here are few of the ways entrepreneurship influences your mental health:

  1. Depression: Most entrepreneurs experience bouts of depression as they undergo a period of isolation while trying to think of the right business model while not having adequate time to take care of themselves. They are often used to the mentality of “time is money” which often deprive them of sleep, leisure, exercise, and other activities that could lift them out of depressive state.                      Entrepreneurs often try to cover up their depressive state by opting to work more extended hours. At times, they take their depressive symptoms to mean stress, which could aggravate the symptoms.

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  1. Self-Worth Issues: Many entrepreneurs self-worth is closely linked to their net-worth. When they are experiencing a boom in their business, their self-esteem will also be boosted accordingly. However, when they encounter the downside of the industry, and they couldn’t meet up with their targets, they become so demoralized, and they struggle for identity. Because they have conditioned their minds to think only of success as the only option, any setback they get could result in a mental health crisis.

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  1. Anxiety: Entrepreneurs face a whole lot of pressure on a daily basis. The weight could come in different forms such as your plan to service a particular debt, and it rests on your ability to win a contract bid. It could even be a fame-related pressure, whereby you are trying to find a way to balance it with your busy work schedule. All this could lead to heightened anxiety. If such is left unchecked for an extended period, it will eventually lead to burnout.

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4. Fear of the unknown: Some entrepreneurs have developed a paranoid mind to the extent that they begin to have trust issues even about their trusted associates. This has caused the failure of many businesses.

Conclusion

We need to realize that having emotional difficulties is not a sign of weakness. It’s just an indication that entrepreneurial lifestyle could predispose one to mental health issues if left unchecked. Therefore, as an entrepreneur or an intending one, you need to take a decisive step today to prevent emotional problems from affecting your business.

Thus, it’s imperative for entrepreneurs to take charge of their mental health and take a holistic approach to entrepreneurship.

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The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship was coined by Psychotherapist, Author, and Entrepreneur Shanna A. Jefferson to raise awareness of the importance of mental health for entrepreneurs and challenging them to take a holistic approach to entrepreneurship. Mental health issues, if not addressed, can have a debilitating effect on not only the overall well-being of the entrepreneur but their entrepreneurial endeavors and business as well.

Ms. Jefferson’s products and services for entrepreneurs include psychotherapy, coaching, books, workshops, speaking engagements, and a podcast show.

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4 Tips: Mental Health and the Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions.  The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo.  Most start-ups are one-person machines.  The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.

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A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion.  However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused.  Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?

The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.

Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind.  The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal.  Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent.  It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.

My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.

4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur

  1. Engage in Self-Care.
  2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
  3. Complete a personal and business inventory.
  4. Seek professional help.

 

Schedule your therapy or coaching session today. 

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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

About The Author

 

I help entrepreneurs unleash their greatness by improving their mental health and taking a holistic approach to entrepreneurship. I also work with individuals feeling stuck, depressed, experiencing grief, and feeling angry due to life stressors. My passion is to empower my clients on their journey of elevation and transformation by shifting their mindsets, turning their pain into purpose, and creating their Greatness blueprint.

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A Spiritual Journey through Journaling

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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(Yahoo, 2017)

When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings.  Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else.  Journaling is personal yet profound.  Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone.  The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness.  To release built up feelings and emotions.

Journaling

(Start at 60 writers, 2017)

Journaling is powerful.  Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought.  There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.

Journaling is a way to:

  • Express your Fears
  • Express your Emotions
  • Express your Dreams and Desires
  • Acknowledge your failures
  • Document your prayers
  • Document your Goals
  • Document your Decisions
  • Record your thoughts

Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling.  Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel.  Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others.  Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him.  Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.

A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come.  Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.

Revisit your journal often to track:

  • How you concurred your fears
  • How you managed your emotions
  • How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
  • How you regrouped and moved past your failures
  • When God Answered your Prayers
  • When you accomplished that Goal
  • If the decisions you made were helpful
  • how your thinking and behavior have changed

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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(Christianbook.com, LLC, 2017)

Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention.  Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God.  Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.

Until next time, enjoy the journey to your Destiny!

LogoDestination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

Christianbook.com, LLC. (2017, October 14). Bibles NIV, KJV, ESV, NLT for study and outreach. Retrieved from Christianbook.com, LLC: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles?kw=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1165909&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20CBD&utm_term=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&utm_content=cbd%20bibles

Start at 60 writers. (2017, October 2). Why journal writing is good for me. Retrieved from Bing: https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.RykTS6InHkyDH14o3qH2lgEsCo&pid=15.1&P=0&w=298&h=169

Yahoo. (2017, October 14). Images of journals. Retrieved from Yahoo.com: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=images+of+journals&fr=uh3_news_web_gs&imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.kinja-img.com%2Fgawker-media%2Fimage%2Fupload%2Fs–I4E1BkV5–

5 Tips to Overcome The Monday Blues

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Have you heard of the Monday blues?  The Monday blues may be triggered by returning to the routine of life after experiencing an awesome weekend.  Other Monday blues can be triggered by not obtaining enough sunlight.  It happens during the cold winter months when the days are shorter and we stay indoors longer.

The Monday blues can happen to anyone at any time.  Students working on a school paper all weekend without taking a break, a stay at home mother with no adult interactions, the retired person with nothing to do, even the elderly experience the Monday blues.

The Monday blues are common as life becomes mundane.  However, if the Monday blues last for several days or even several weeks then you may be experiencing depression.  Depression can also happen to anyone at any time.  If you are unable to shake the sad, blue, drab, low-spirited feelings, or experience feelings or thoughts of suicide, you should seek professional help.

The most important thing to do is to avoid falling deeper into depression by withdrawing from the world.  Even though it may be difficult to resist becoming isolated, the best medicine for depression is to get out and to get active. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us to consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Look to the Lord and seek His face always (1 Chronicles 16:11) and stay in fellowship with others for encouragement.

Finally, to help combat depression individuals should eat clean healthy foods, maintain a regular exercise program, let friends and family help where they can, stay connected, and stay inspired.  Individuals experiencing Major Depression may also need the assistance of medication.  A healthy mind, body and spirit help are tools to combat bouts of depression.

Until next time aim for your Destiny!

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Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org

 

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

growing4life.net. (2017, September 26). Stormy blue sky. Retrieved from Bing.com: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=stormy+blue+sky&qpvt=stormy+blue+sky

 

7 Self-Care Tools for Entrepreneurs

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There is no substitute for self-care.  As a clinical social worker and life coach, self-care is perhaps one of the most conveyed tools for my clients as well as myself. Self-care cultivates wellness such that it rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul. If you do not take care of yourself, then all your dreams and aspirations will be fruitless.

Feeling overwhelmed? Tired? Unfocused? Burnt out?

You are not alone.

As entrepreneurs, we are so driven by our passions to build our respective empires that at times we neglect the most important variable to our success…our well-being. Thus, it is imperative that we make a habit to take care of ourselves.

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Self-care should become routine. Practice self-care daily.

7 Self-Care Tools for Entrepreneurs

  1. Sleep. Research suggests that adults should sleep an average of 7 hours each night. Establish your sleep routine to
  2. Unplug. Put up your “Do not disturb” sign. Unplug from social media. Unplug from your cell phone. Unplug from technology. Take at least 15 minutes each day to unplug.
  3. Nourish your body. Eating and drinking water will only fuel your physical wellness but it impacts your overall level of functioning. Eat at least 3 meals a day to keep your metabolism going. And drinks lots of water.
  4. Laugh. Laughter is truly good for the soul. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with a friend. Read something funny. Whatever you do, laugh!
  5. Exercise. What has held you back from exercising? Transcend that obstacle today and just do it! Exercise is beneficial for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes for 5 days.
  6. Journal. Need to unleash your frustrations, then journal. There are many benefits to journaling. Research suggests that journaling also increases our gratitude.
  7. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. Enjoy the company of others unleashing positive vibes.

Psychotherapy for Entrepreneurs

According to a survey conducted by The University of California, 49% of entrepreneurs experience at least 1 mental illness. Please know that your mental health matters! If you are experiencing challenges which interfere with your normal level of functioning, it may be time to seek professional help.

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Make the commitment to take care of you today. You will appreciate it!

The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

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Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

For every success; there are multiple instances of failure, each one leaving indelible scars on those involved. For some, these failures may serve as the inspiration to try and try again while, for others, it may result in wounds that become insurmountable. Furthermore, even the entrepreneurs who do make it, in most cases, do so at the expense of many things in their lives, each adding stresses to them as individuals that are difficult to measure.

But what is the true cost to the entrepreneur?

Answer to this vary from individuals based on a variety of factors such as financial stress, extremely irregular work schedules, difficulty with relationships, personal resilience, anxiety and depression, self-worth issues, stress induced by attempt to start up a business while simultaneously holding down a full time job (the infamous side hustle) and even addiction.

Simon Slade describes other potential costs that entrepreneurs must pay like the need to sacrifice security, the required investment of a massive amount of headspace, the potential loss of control, externally induced stress by means as changes in the macro economy that are well beyond an individual’s control?

Mental illness and entrepreneurship: Detriment or the “secret sauce”?

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California and Stanford, found that 72% of entrepreneurs in the sample self-reported mental health concerns significantly higher than the comparison group (demographically matched non-entrepreneurs). Furthermore, a full 49% of the entrepreneurs sampled reported having one or more lifetime mental health conditions.

Unfortunately, the cultural stigma that exists with regard to mental health issues prevents many from seeking the help they need. Also, societal perception of the entrepreneur as hero myth may be preventing these efforts of seeking help from picking up the steam they need.

Take Your Power Back

There are many ways for entrepreneurs to take your power back by addressing mental health challenges.  Contact our CEO Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Shanna A. Jefferson, to schedule your session today.

Upcoming Event: The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship

 

Join me our CEO, Ms. Jefferson, as she celebrates 5 years as CEO and Owner of my behavioral health agency, Destination Greatness!

The event will feature expert speakers and panelist discussing pertinent issues for entrepreneurs and small business owners including branding, marketing, physical greatness, and finances. The Host, Speakers, and Panelists will be announced soon!

Enjoy live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres with Shanna, our VIP speakers, and special guests!

 

Please direct all media inquires to pr@shannajefferson.com.

 

A Spiritual Journey through Journaling

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

Journal

(Yahoo, 2017)

When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings.  Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else.  Journaling is personal yet profound.  Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone.  The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness.  To release built up feelings and emotions.

Journaling is powerful.  Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought.  There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.

Journaling

(Start at 60 writers, 2017)

Journaling is a way to:

  • Express your Fears
  • Express your Emotions
  • Express your Dreams and Desires
  • Acknowledge your failures
  • Document your prayers
  • Document your Goals
  • Document your Decisions
  • Record your thoughts

Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling.  Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel.  Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others.  Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him.  Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.

A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come.  Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.

Revisit your journal often to track:

  • How you concurred your fears
  • How you managed your emotions
  • How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
  • How you regrouped and moved past your failures
  • When God Answered your Prayers
  • When you accomplished that Goal
  • If the decisions you made were helpful
  • how your thinking and behavior have changed

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

765x250_BibleLandingPage_1_1496266423

(Christianbook.com, LLC, 2017)

Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention.  Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God.  Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.

 

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

Christianbook.com, LLC. (2017, October 14). Bibles NIV, KJV, ESV, NLT for study and outreach. Retrieved from Christianbook.com, LLC: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles?kw=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1165909&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20CBD&utm_term=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&utm_content=cbd%20bibles

Start at 60 writers. (2017, October 2). Why journal writing is good for me. Retrieved from Bing: https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.RykTS6InHkyDH14o3qH2lgEsCo&pid=15.1&P=0&w=298&h=169

Yahoo. (2017, October 14). Images of journals. Retrieved from Yahoo.com: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=images+of+journals&fr=uh3_news_web_gs&imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.kinja-img.com%2Fgawker-media%2Fimage%2Fupload%2Fs–I4E1BkV5–

4 Tips: Mental Wellness & The Entrepreneur

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Mental Health and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions.  The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo.  Most start-ups are one-person machines.  The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.

StressedEntrepreneur

A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion.  However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused.  Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?

The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.

Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind.  The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal.  Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent.  It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.

My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.

4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur

  1. Engage in Self-Care.
  2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
  3. Complete a personal and business inventory.
  4. Seek professional help.
Entrepreneur Psychotherapy

Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

About The Author

Shanna A. Jefferson, LCSW, is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity and achieve greatness.  As a Woman of God, Change Agent, Business Executive, Life Coach, Philanthropist and Author – she is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others. Having achieved a Bachelors of Public Policy and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at Capella University.

In addition to her academic achievements, Shanna is a thriving entrepreneur as well. She is CEO of Destination Greatness, Founder of The Destination Greatness Foundation, COO of 1929 Enterprises, CEO of Divine Vision Coaching and Consulting and Chief Visionary Officer of Shanna A. Jefferson, Inc. She is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Financial Therapy Association.  At age 32, Shanna became a self-published Author with the release of 32 Shades of Greatness and thereafter The Greatness Toolbox: 33 Tools for Success and Be Bodacious: A 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs to Elevate Your Life.

Connect with Shanna

Website: http://www.shannajefferson.com

Facebook: facebook.com/entrepreneurshannajefferson

Celebrate

Anniversary Celebration

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles one overcomes while trying to succeed.-Booker T. Washington

Happy August 25! I remember the day as if it were yesterday. On February 25, 2013, my dreams and vision of owning a private practice became reality with the opening of Destination Greatness in Durham, NC. Today, I celebrate 4.5 years as a business owner. Destination Greatness now provides psychotherapy, clinical supervision, psychoeducation, and workshops in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

I give the Most High praise for the storms that have elevated me to greater.

This journey has been filled with many adversities and challenges. From the 6-10 hour day trips for meetings with clients to past business dealings with others not committed to my mission, vision, and principles, I am still standing. I give the Most High praise for the storms that have elevated me to greater.

The sacrifices of time, energy, money, and relationships can add up. However, I remind myself that obedience is greater than sacrifice. I will forever remain committed, obedient, and faithful to the revelations of the Most High.

To all whom have taken this journey with me, Thank You! As I approach the 5th year Anniversary on February 25, I am more focused than ever on the next level of Greatness.

Please save the date of February 25 to join me in Atlanta, GA for a celebration of greatness. Details for sponsors, speakers, and guests will be released in the coming months.

 

With Gratitude,

Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

Doctoral Candidate

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