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Jul 30, 2018

“If we’re only as successful and sustainable as our health and well-being, why is our mental health so hard to talk about?”

In episode 67, Sonya and Laura have an in-depth conversation centred around the mental health of entrepreneurs and business owners. They talk about how being an entrepreneur can affect your mental health and vice versa. Everyone is willing to talk about the glory in being a business owner, but way too few are willing to talk about the challenges that can push us past a point of good mental health.

“We are often more isolated than we realize”

After some recent high profile suicides involving Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the conversation around mental health has come to the attention of the masses. If we don’t talk about our own personal struggles and journeys, we are in danger of compromising our own state of mental health and isolating ourselves from the things that can help us. This is true both in our personal lives and our businesses.

“It’s normal to go through change, and we CAN create an entrepreneurial path for ourselves with more focus on our health and well-being”

Sonya and Laura talk about the relationship between the masculine and feminine and how that affects mental health, as well as the internal and external factors that can improve our mental health or send us into a downward spiral. As women, we often internalize more of our own shame and lack of self-worth in order to just keep up with the rest of the world. The truth is, we have to find a community or “safe place” to be able to confront our own struggles with mental health so that we can operate at our highest potential.

“There’s a stigma that challenges us to be able to speak honestly about our vulnerabilities”

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 0:57
  • The Definition of Mental Health - 4:20
  • The Silence around Entrepreneurship and Mental Health - 6:02
  • The Masculine and Feminine and How that Relates to Mental Health - 11:10
  • The Risks of Entrepreneurs and Mental Health - 17:50
  • What Happens When We Internalize Our Mental Health Struggles? - 24:25
  • Breaking Habitual Patterns of Internalizing - 30:54
  • The Need for Integration of Self-Care - 34:35
  • It’s Not Okay to Stay in Silence - 36:05
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 38:02

How to get involved

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EXTRA INFORMATION AND SUPPORT:

If you feel like you are struggling and need extra support, here are some ways to access free care:

  • In Australia: Lifeline Australia 24/7 crisis support 13 11 14 or chat at https://www.lifeline.org.au/
  • In the USA: Crisis Call Center 24/7 1 (800) 273-8255 or text for free (Text HOME to 741741 in the USA)
  • The most important thing is to break the silence. Reach out to family, friends or anyone you feel can support you.