Life can be difficult in a lot of ways for many business owners. These might include imposter syndrome, lack of self-worth and self-esteem, challenges with depression and other mental illnesses and financial issues. Not to mention challenges in their personal life – family, partnerships, parents, or siblings. Some are even challenged with sexual identity.
Keep in mind that these are only challenges, humps in the road, little hills, or high mountains to climb but not the end of the world!
And remember, there is no such thing as being a failure or having failed. These are learning experiences that we need to embrace so that we can move on to something bigger and better. If you have learned something and have not wasted the opportunity, then you have not failed. It’s a learning curve.
A lot of our beliefs in self and our reactions stems from our childhood. Scientific research tells us that our programming is done in the first seven years of life.
If the programming is mostly negative, then we as adults will continue to subconsciously believe what we have been programmed to believe as a child.
According to business.gov.au
Risks to mental health can be managed through the same process as you use for physical risks:
- identify the hazards
- assess the risks
- control the risks
- continually review the control measures to make sure they are working
As with physical risks, you should involve and consult your workers throughout this process. Your workers are a great source of information on the risks in their work and options to manage these.
To identify the hazards:
- have regular conversations with your workers to find out how they are
- understand causes of stress in the workplace and manage them
- lookout for signs of stress in your workers
Stress is the physical, mental, and emotional reactions you have when the demands of your job exceed your ability or resources to cope. Stress itself is not an injury but if prolonged or severe can cause psychological and physical injury.
So, look after yourself, promote good mental health by creating a mentally healthy workplace, and promote mental health initiatives.