As entrepreneurs, we face daily pressures that come with the responsibility of owning our own businesses. We have constant deadlines and an ever-growing workload, which all can lead to us becoming very stressed and overwhelmed. If we are not careful, this can snowball into what’s known as entrepreneurial depression & overwhelm.

Entrepreneurial depression and overwhelm are serious issues that affect so many entrepreneurs, yet it’s not talked about enough. So many of us are suffering in silence, not sure where to turn or how to get better. I’ve been there so many times and I know what it's like to feel isolated and alone. To feel unsure about what’s wrong with you and why the simplest of tasks can seem so difficult. If you’re a heart centred entrepreneur like me, these things can affect you even more, as we tend to overextend ourselves and take a lot more to heart.

So in order to help those of you who are going through entrepreneurial depression, I’ve put together a list of 4 things that can help you cope and get back on track.

1. Putting Your Health First

Self-care and our health are often the first things we neglect when we get caught up in our work. We are so busy juggling a heavy workload, trying to meet deadlines and managing our clients and employees, that we forget that we need to take a break. If you don’t take regular breaks to eat, hydrate and rest your mind, you put yourself at serious risk of burnout. Burnouts are very hard on both the body and the mind and they can take months to recover from.  If you’re unable to work, you’re also putting your business at risk. Which, if you’re in your first fiscal year of operation, may result in its premature-closure. So it’s very important to make sure that you're checking off all your boxes, that you're taking care of yourself and that you're really, really filling up your own cup so that you can overflow and give.

2. Set Boundaries

As an empathic entrepreneur & individual, setting boundaries can be difficult. We are conditioned by our nature to give our all to help others, even at the expense of our own happiness and well-being. While that sounds great on paper, in reality, you may be putting yourself at jeopardy and if you’re unwell, you can’t help anyone. So it’s very important to not take on more than you can handle, or else you can become overwhelmed and burnt very quickly.

Setting boundaries in both your personal & work life are the best way to prevent this from happening. You should set boundaries with your assistants and with your clients and know what is your responsibility and what is their responsibility. Also keep in mind that all you can ever do is offer someone the opportunity to change, be there for them and show up and serve to the best of your ability.  However, we have to be careful about not taking on too much, especially in business. So delegate some of the tasks to your assistants and staff. This might be hard at first when you’re so used to doing everything yourself. However, it’s really important to trust them with the tasks you give them and avoid micromanaging.

3. Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Learning how to really, really be gentle with yourself and know that not only is life about ups and downs, but entrepreneurialism is exceptionally about ups and downs and it's gonna test you and it's going to push you and it's going to bring out the best and the worst in you. Because you're going to be pushing extremes, you're going to be trying new things and hopefully, you're stretching your comfort zone. You may fail at first, but you learn through your failures. So don't strive for perfection and strive to ride that wave better instead. Strive to go along with the flow of the evolution of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and understand that each and every hardship is a stepping stone on your path to success.

4.  Have a Strong Support System in Place

Now another thing about being this empathic entrepreneur is really getting the proper support systems. So seek out support systems from like-minded people who are also entrepreneurs, who know what it's like to pursue their purpose & go after their dreams. People who will believe in you even when you don't believe in yourself. Place trust in someone to speak about what you're going through. We often assume that we have to isolate ourselves because no one will understand what we are going through. But there are people out there who will and you won’t find them or have their support if you don’t speak up. Now I’m not saying you need to express yourself to everyone on the street. Choose friends that are really compassionate and understanding. Friends that will be there for you through thick and thin and who will support you on a daily basis.  For, if there is one thing that can isolate us the most is being surrounded by people who don't really believe in their own dreams or ours, whether that be out of spite or in order to protect you from getting hurt.

Especially if you're an empathetic entrepreneur like I am, you already have enough of a hard time being hard on yourself. You don't need to surround yourself with other people who might do that as well. surround yourself with the kind of people who believe in you, who believe in your dreams, who believe in your mission and not people who just ride with us when we're high. We want people who are gonna be there who will also dust us off and carry us when we're down.

Entrepreneurial overwhelm is a real issue, and remember that you're not alone. If you’re suffering from it, know that there’s a community of empathic entrepreneurs out there who will support you.

Did these 4 tips of coping with entrepreneurial overwhelm & depression help you? Feel free to let me know in the comments or to reach out to me on social media. If you’d like more helpful tips like these, you can also subscribe to my newsletter or check out my videos on Youtube.

Many blessings & much love,

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