Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness | The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship
Today's post isn't your typical you-can-do-it-rah-rah-rah post. And that's because it's World Suicide Prevention Day and I wanted to share something with you that you may not know about me.
I've struggled with anxiety and depression.
And I've felt very alone in the process of being an entrepreneur.
Which is funny because 1 in every 3 entrepreneurs are said to suffer from depression... at least the ones we know about. So I am part of the silent majority (and maybe you are, too) who has felt alone.
I think most of us suffer in silence.
We feel guilty if we don't feel like working constantly.
How dare I resent my work and my clients... look how lucky I am to have such a successful business!
But the truth is, I've experienced every dark and pungent emotion in this journey.
And I can't tell you how much pressure I've felt to keep performing.
To constantly improve and have bigger launches, more success, and bigger growth.
I've even had low points where someone's email subject line triggered me to the point where I burst into tears.
Have you ever felt that triggered?
I know I'm all over the place with this post, partially because I can't believe I'm writing this, and the other part is because the memories of being that low are still v familiar.
I can still taste the tears and feel the paralyzing fear.
But what we resist persists... and it was about 2.5 years ago that I said I was done with trying to be perfect, and that decision alone gave me so much freedom from the darkness that overwhelmed me.
So I did a little Facebook Live about it last week... and so many people reached out to me afterwards.
So I did what any good entrepreneur would do and I uploaded it on YouTube for you to watch in case you haven't already *wink*.
Because even though I had a major breakthrough... that doesn't make me immune to struggle today.
I'm human. And as I constantly evolve and move to higher levels I see that struggles don't disappear, but we become stronger and more well equipped to fight.
And I want you to be encouraged if you are fighting alone.
Maybe it's time to ask yourself... have you been hiding those emotions some place deep inside? Have you stuffed them away hoping they'll just go away?
Have you been trying to overcome the depression, anxiety, or loneliness on your own?
You are NOT alone, my friend.
And so I hope this post will encourage you to talk to someone.
Even if you're totally feeling batshit crazy about it, I promise, you aren't.
Go ahead, watch this video.
I share some things you can start doing now to reduce your feelings of anxiousness, depression, or loneliness.
I must admit, I was super nervous to talk about this. I'm waaay more comfortable talking about marketing or rescue puppies... but I knew it would help someone.
And maybe that someone is you.
P.S. Have you suffered from anxiety or depression? Let me know in the comments so we can support one another ❣️