Founders and entrepreneurs let's have a real conversation about mental health. The pressure, the highs, the lows - they can take a toll on your well-being. But guess what? It's time to break the stigma and prioritize your mental health. In this month’s edition, we want to help normalize the topic of mental health.
Being a startup founder and a CEO of your own enterprise is pretty cool position to be in…sometimes. The life of a founder is also pretty tough and can take a toll on a founder’s mental health, so much so, it’s been classified as an epidemic. In fact, in a recent Forbes study, 72% of surveyed entrepreneurs self-reported mental health issues – such as depression, burnout, panic attacks and imposter syndrome just to name a few.
The stresses of scaling a company, raising capital, managing boards, recruiting talent and managing employees are probably the most stressful things in the life of a CEO. And most founders recognize that mental health and work-life balance should be a priority. Many of them know that it’s important to get good physical fitness and connect with people outside of work to have a trusted circle of relationships. The problem is they don’t have time to do it. They have the will to do it. And they know that it needs to be done, but they don’t have the time.
As a founder, taking care of your mind is not a luxury, it's an absolute necessity. Invest in yourself, find balance, and thrive. You deserve it. Your employees are counting on it. You can't pour from an empty cup. But guess what? You're not alone. Connect with fellow founders, share your struggles, and support each other in this wild journey. You are the heart and soul of your business. Take a break, go for a walk, meditate. Your mental health is just as important as your business goals.
Let's talk about the importance of resilience and mental fortitude - the unsung heroes of every founder's journey.
Together, we heal.