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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! It is important to take care of your mental health, as well as your physical health. Although being an entrepreneur is incredibly rewarding, it can be lonely working as a single employee, long hours, and stressful wondering if you’re on the right path. That is why it is crucial for entrepreneurs to be conscious of, and take care of, their mental health! Prioritizing a consistent sleep schedule is a basic and easy way to begin taking care of your mental health. When you are well rested you have more energy and mental capability to work on your business. Schedule time throughout your week to do something that you enjoy that helps you relax.
SCCF Staff Tips
The SCCF staff shared some of their favorite ways to unwind and destress.
Ryan: A quick way to destress and regain focus for me is to incorporate 10-minute walks
throughout my day. It could just be a quick trip around the neighborhood at lunch or
between tasks. I like to add motivational jams to the mix so I come back to my desk ready to tackle the next project.
Katie: I like to do a puzzle, have a drink with friends, snuggle my kiddos, play with my cats or listen to a podcast.
Nick: I destress by going on walks, going to dinner, sleeping, watching movies, playing board games, and working out.
Anika: I enjoy cooking, working out, reading, and taking time to be in nature.
Joyel: I like to spend time in the community, go to church, and take care of myself through little activities like doing my hair.
Salah: I sleep, eat something, or listen to music to destress.
Ashley: My favorite thing to do to destress is to take a long walk with my favorite music playing, or facetime my best friend from home.
Zaria: Watching a TV show while eating a snack.
A study from the National Institute of Mental Health found that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness. Many mental health concerns cannot be solved with self-implemented solutions, but there is no shame in reaching out to professionals for help. Below is a list of resources to help put you in touch with professionals best suited to help you.
- National Suicide prevention line
- Emergency number 988 (Goes into effect July 16, 2022)
- Nation Eating Disorder Awareness Helpline
- (800) 931-2237
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline for mental and substance abuse disorders
- 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- National Domestic Abuse Hotline
- The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeLine
- Veterans Crisis Line
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255) select 1
- Finding treatment for disorders, substance abuse, and mental illness
Glenn Close, an American actress, said, “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” Keep the conversation around mental health open, and look out for your fellow entrepreneurs.