012. Balancing Mental Health, Anxiety + Freelancing

Being an entrepreneur forces you to become the best version of yourself. But while you’re on your way to the best version of yourself, you have to get upfront and personal with your dark side. 

Disclaimer: We are not mental health professionals. We are sharing our experiences (and they may be different than yours), so we always recommend working with a trained professional!

Listen to Episode 012, Balancing Mental Health, Anxiety + Freelancing

Key Takeaways

  • We attach our identities to work.
  • We use technology to distract ourselves from discomfort, but when we are constantly distracting ourselves from our emotions, then things are going to build up. 
  • If you want to change your external you have to change the internal. 
  • Get clear on your values and make sure everything and everyone around you aligns with those values. 
  • Once you get vulnerable, you give other people permission to do the same thing. This applies to your business and your personal life. 
  • We all need a safe space, and if you don’t feel like you have one, start with a therapist. There are so many accessible and affordable ways to get a therapist – like Betterhelp.com!
  • You can’t heal in the same environment that messed you up. Sometimes repeating behaviors come from a deeply rooted subconscious issue. 
    • It sucks to have down days and we get down on ourselves when things slip through the cracks because we aren’t feeling ok, but we have to show ourselves more self-compassion. 
    • Try and surrender to the fact that you need some time. 
  • Make your yes sacred and be mindful about the commitments you make. There is no situation where overloading your schedule is actually good for your mental health. 
  • Even if your work is fun, you still need space to rest and recover away from it, because if you never give yourself a break, you will burn out. 
  • Gratitude should be a regular practice. Gratitude is for you, and it’s about you sitting down and reminding yourself that you have reasons to love your life. 
  • The way you react to life is so much more important than what actually happens. 
  • Instead of saying “sorry for being late” say “thank you for your patience” 
  • Also remember this when reflecting on situations from the past. You are always just doing your best. 

Take Action

  • Take the Self Care Quiz!
  • Work to create the best environment for you based on your needs. Analyze what is going on around you and how you are reacting to it. Adjust the variables that you are able to control. 
  • Work with a trained therapist, go to counseling or use a service like BetterHelp.com.

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