Depression is a dark and lonely place to be in no matter what someone does for a living. Entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges when depressed. That’s because for many entrepreneurs, their personal health is reflected in their business health.
When your depressed, you’re not productive. When you’re not productive, your business suffers. When your business suffers, your depression deepens. And the cycle continues and can become more insidious with every interaction.
So how can business leaders reach the light at the end of the depression tunnel and avoid toxic triggers?
1. LOOK BEYOND SELF-HELP
“The most freeing day of my life was when I tore up my vision board.”
Having a vision and being future oriented is necessary for entrepreneurship. But if that future gazing is fueling your depression by twisting your goals into a perception of lack, then perhaps it’s time to practice being in the present. I realized the success of my life and business was not determined by what I accomplished but rather by my ability to be fully present to my family, my friends, and my clients.
2. FIND A SAFE SPACE
Part of what gives depression its power is the same and the need to control those feelings. Seeking therapy is always a good idea for someone suffering with depression.
Having an entrepreneurial support system isn’t a bad idea either.
3. CLOSE THE GAP
It’s natural for entrepreneurs to chase the horizon. But when you’re in a depressed state, the horizon seems further and further away. What was a lofty goal turns into and unachievable, daunting odyssey. In depression, you tend to focus on everything you haven’t achieved and focus solemnly on where you think you should be.
Instead, practice the act of looking back, acknowledging and celebrating what you have accomplished. Observe and appreciate every step, big or small, that you’ve taken traveling on the path toward your vision.
With this practice, you’ll see that you’re closer to your goals than your depression wants you to believe. Closing the gap will give you positive, motivating fuel to take more action.
4. GO ON AND AN INFORMATION FAST
If you have ever been bombarded with Facebook post about one person’s success like I have, followed by another and another, then you might understand that sometimes those “uplifting” and “motivating” post can have the opposite effect, especially for someone with depression.
Sure, those post and articles can help individuals see what’s possible and provide motivation for stepping up their game. On the other hand, if you’re suffering from depression, those post could trap you in a detrimental comparison mindset. You might think, “Look, there’s another person who’s killing it and I’m stuck. They must be special. I must be broken.”
Sometimes the best thing to do is to remove yourself from such triggers. Unplug from Facebook. Which I often do. Don’t read those post . Perhaps, you need to turn away from consuming information so that you can have the space for producing.
I sincerely hope that these steps helps you like it did me. What steps have you taken to help defeat depression? Please comment below