Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal journey, and sometimes it is incredibly difficult to separate your identity from the business you are trying to create. Entrepreneurs have to accept the fact that the odds are stacked against their success. Most new business ventures fail, and even those that eventually succeed take a long time to get off the ground. Setbacks will outnumber successes, and there's a good change that most days will be stressful.
Whether you call it startup depression or even founder's blues, depression is a real risk for people drawn to starting their businesses. If you've just set up your own business, you are probably familiar with the annoyance of some days just feeling like things are going nowhere no matter how hard you try. Depression is a huge problem among entrepreneurs during this lonely journey.
1. Acceptance is the answer
Life as an entrepreneur is often more unpredictable than a 9 to 5 job. This should go without saying, but when you are experiencing a downtime, it is easy to forget that another up is probably right around the corner. Maybe a business deal is closing or you can debug your program. Anyway, just remember that the reward is around the corner. Once you accept this reality, it gets easier. You will be surprised by how "immense' your struggles were when you reflect on the years, and even months later.
2. Ask yourself if you are doing the right thing
The only thing worse than doing nothing is doing the wrong thing. Sekk counsel and guidance from those you trust who already have their ducks in a row, buy them a drink and spill your guts.
3. Create a Business Social Life
Through it may seem like you are isolated as a founder, especially as a solopreneur, the truth is that there are peers, mentors, and other entrepreneurs out there who share the same challenges, frustrations, and problems that you do. Create a business social life to meet others and talk about issues you share to reduce the stress of dealing with them alone. Come cowork at Treehouse Society so you can connect with other entrepreneurs and business owners.
4. Seek Professional Help
If the stress of being a founder seem overwhelming, get professional help from your family doctor, counselor, psychologist, or other mental health experts. Many entrepreneurs might not tell you, but a lot of them go. After all, you have an accountant, a lawyer, and other professionals for things you can't tackle on your own. Think of it as a personal investment. Practicing self-care as an entrepreneur and founders only make good business sense, and it might be the most important non-business thing you do.
5. Stay focused
It may not feel like it, but setbacks can distract us from our goals and take our focus off what is important. Even if you have to force yourself, remain focused on your goals in the fact of challenge. It will help you power through the rough patches. If you must, meditate on and repeat your goals out loud. Doing so can reinforce a powerful sense of focus on these aims.
Hope these tips help with the startup blues! Remember, there might be others out there experiencing what you are feeling!
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