I personally think that entrepreneurs and small business owners are more at risk for anxiety and depression because they place so much pressure on themselves to be successful. No one wants to be viewed as a failure, so we will often work an ungodly number of hours and experience periods of isolation that can be downright miserable.
When things are going great, the sky is the limit – but when they aren’t going so great, we often feel the lowest of low. Unfortunately, these highs and lows are all too common.
Another reason I think that entrepreneurs and small business owners often have anxiety and suffer from depression is because they don’t really open up to friends and family members about things they are experiencing in their businesses, for fear of being judged… or again, being viewed as a failure. I know that there have been plenty of times when I’ve simply suffered in silence, rather than open up to others about things I am going through.
And last, but certainly, not least, a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners simply don’t take care of themselves. We are so focused on the end goal, that things like working out, eating well and getting enough sleep at night aren’t a top priority. We put our businesses first, with everything else coming in second.
And as a female, I strongly feel that all of this is compounded by the unique challenges that we face when it comes to trying to juggle home, starting/running a business, health and the never-ending laundry list of items that we just never have enough time to complete. It’s a lot to take in.