Millennial Entrepreneurs: How To Protect Your Mental Wellbeing?
Millennials are increasingly deciding to start businesses or become self-employed.
Around 15% of the UK workforce is now self-employed, and the figure doesn’t look like it’s dropping.
Being free from the pressures of continually chasing the next big promotion and avoiding years spent working hard for low pay is understandably an appealing prospect.
However, being an entrepreneur brings its own challenges.
While life as an entrepreneur gives you the freedom to be your own boss, it can bring added pressure due to the work involved in building a successful business.
Mental health and wellbeing are subjects that are discussed far more frequently now, and awareness of the importance of protecting mental health is growing.
Steps are now being taken to monitor mental health in schools, and businesses are increasingly taking the wellbeing of their employees seriously.
But as an entrepreneur, you are in charge of protecting your own wellbeing, so finding the best ways to do this is essential.
Understanding how to protect your mental health and take care of yourself while you are launching a business is crucial.
Here are some of the ways that you can protect your mental wellbeing as a busy Millennial entrepreneur:
Take more breaks = say more no
Failing to take time for breaks and working long hours is the enemy of productivity.
When you are tired, take a break, don’t quit.
Our brain needs to recharge on a daily basis.
This may mean actually going for a walk on your lunch break instead of gulping down your meal in front of the computer.
Occasionally, saying “yes” to things you don’t want to do can be a healthy compromise; constantly feeling pressured to say yes to things you don’t want to, deteriorates self-worth and mental wellbeing.
Being able to say “no” in a direct but diplomatic matter is the quickest way to avoid burnout in business.
When you have tonnes to do and not enough time to do it, it is tempting to stay at your desk from the early morning to late evening in the hope you will get lots done.
However, long periods in the office do not always equal a productive day at work. Taking breaks helps you clear your mind and return to your task feeling refreshed and less stressed.
After taking a break, you should find that you feel energised and have a renewed sense of enthusiasm for your task, which helps you complete your work more efficiently.
Don’t multitask, focus on 1 thing at a time
As an entrepreneur, feeling stressed and juggling lots of tasks at once may feel like just another part of the job.
The problem with multitasking is you spread a thin level of focus across many projects and get a little work done on each.
But if you block out time to focus deeply on one task at a time, you achieve the level of deep concentration required to actually move forward quicker.
When you multitask the anxiety about not getting enough done wears you out faster than the work itself.
Travel, unwind, and explore
As an entrepreneur, there is a lot of pressure to succeed. To be successful, you need to be productive and energised. To be energised you need to rest.
Set yourself challenges outside the office, by learning something new or visiting a different country.
By exploring new places, you’ll gain a fresh perspective and sense of adventure.
For example, you can travel to the Colosseum in Rome, and soak up the extraordinary architecture and incredible history. You could use any of the luggage storage Colosseum has to offer so you can be free of any worries during your stay.
Delegate busywork, work only on things that bring in money
Your stress will reduce as soon as you learn how to hire the best people and delegate work.
Split your to-do list into two columns:
“Things that make you money”, and
“Things that don’t”
… and then only do the side that directly makes you money and delegate the rest to subject matter experts.
The best way to streamline your processes is to create a map leading from your starting point to the result you want to achieve. Now, take a step back and look at each step in turn. Can this step be automated? Can this step be adapted in any way? Is this step even necessary? Asking these questions will help you to establish where you can cut and adapt better.
Keeping a support network around you and being unafraid to ask for help or a listening ear when you need it is guaranteed to help you feel better.