I’ve always been interested in psychology and mental health. I believe that no one can never know all the things and that getting the support I need is imperative in leading the life I desire and cultivating the relationships I cherish.
Investing in my personal well-being has had a direct impact on my business. When I making feeling good a priority, then I take positive action. If I feel better about my business and myself, I feel more at ease as an entrepreneur.
Today I’d like to share a few ways that I invest in my mental and emotional health that have helped me become a better business owner and truly enjoy being an entrepreneur (trust me, it’s not all kicks and giggles).
Daily Mindset Writing
Every morning, before I dive into my work for the day, I break out one of my journals (I will find ANY reason to start another journal ;P) and choose an affirmation to fill the page with. Then I write that affirmation repeatedly until the page is filled. Why do I write the same phrase over and over again? Because our brain filters for repetition. What we tell ourselves often, we come to believe. So writing and speaking these phrases over again (even if it feels awkward, even if it doesn’t feel true all the time), helps to rewire our subconscious with thoughts that HELP us, not hurt us.
I struggle to think good things about myself. I think that if I’m not hard on myself, how am I going to get better? I better not let myself slip, or everything is going to fall apart! Because I struggle with giving myself grace and speaking kindly to myself, I’ve taken up the habit of memorizing and repeating affirmations to myself.
Here are some examples: I believe in myself. I have the ability to succeed. I trust myself. I am a good person. Success does not require perfection. Everything is working. I am enough. I take care of myself. I fulfill my needs. I have what it takes. I say yes to money and money says yes to me. I am exactly where I am meant to be. I am building momentum. I trust my inner wisdom and intuition. I have everything I need already inside of me.
Quick Tip: I use the app ThinkUp to listen to my affirmations each morning. You can even record them in your own voice! Your body and mind inherently trust the sound of your voice more than anything else – as you’ve been hearing it your whole life. You can browse and select their affirmations or even write your own.
Identifying My Inner Critic And Reframing My Thoughts
I read somewhere that your thoughts are not YOU, you’re just the one that’s listening to them. Sometimes it can feel like listening to a terrible radio station that won’t shut off and no one else can hear.
Basically, the method is this: acknowledge the thought you’re having, then re-frame it without the shame or self-judgment, as you would for a friend.
For example: “You never get this right” becomes “I am learning, trying my best, and give myself grace as I grow”.
Reading + Podcasts
I’ve always been a HUGE bookworm and reading has helped me learn how to think differently than I do currently. It shows me different perspectives and approaches to things and helps me learn how to thrive more both personally and professionally.
Podcasts: Emotional Badass, One Simple Shift, What Works
Hiring A Business Coach
A little over a year ago I hired a business coach who focuses on mindset and sales. Previous to working with this coach, I had hired another biz coach who turned out to be a bad fit. However, I knew that in order to get to where I was aiming for faster, I needed to get the right kind of support for me in my business.
As an online entrepreneur who’s been working from home since 2016, it’s easy to get in your own head about things when there’s no one else to bounce ideas off of or talk through things with. Hiring a business coach has been one of the single best things I’ve done for my mental health AND my business.
Keeping Track Of Wins And Celebrating Them
For me, it’s easier to worry about things going wrong than to celebrate what’s going right.
So I created PDFs that track good things that happen in my business – when a discovery call just feels great, when I book a project, or when things just feel in alignment.
This practice helps me to remember that things ARE going well in my business, and to celebrate that.
I’d rather stay in that energy of looking at the good than worrying about the “bad”.
How do you take care of your mental health as an entrepreneur?
I would love to know! I’ve seen SUCH a big impact on my relationship with my business by making sure I care for myself holistically.
Remember, every new path starts with one small step. Dream big, take small consistent actions. Because small consistent actions built up over time build new habits, thought patterns, and behavior.
YOU GOT THIS. I believe in you, even if you don’t right now. 🖤