How To Be An Entrepreneur With Depression
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This article will discuss how to be an entrepreneur with depression and how to do so without a letup.
The concept is based on the fact that entrepreneurs are now the main earners in today's developing economies, accounting for about 90% of the world's wealth created annually.
With the gains recorded by developing countries such as India, this means that 80% of the 1.3 billion people in developing countries are economically active.
But what happens to those who are not as fortunate as the lucky few?
They are left with the freedom to enjoy small jobs or a more marginal earning potential, just not enough to support a livelihood.
Pew Research has found that 40 million people in developing countries are unemployed. This number doesn't factor in the entrepreneurs that are also part of the employed population.
What causes depression?
The causes of depression can't be isolated to one factor.
A diagnosis of depression indicates a spectrum of emotional symptoms that vary based on the characteristics of the sufferer.
However, certain risk factors are not isolated. Some of them may be revealed by a medical professional and include:
- Allergies to stimulants
- A history of mental illness
- Persistent feelings of guilt
- A history of substance abuse
- Family history of depression
- Life experiences such as having a family member with depression
- Loss of a loved one
Things that cause depression
The leading causes of depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), include:
- Eating disorders
- Long-term life stressors
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Family history of depression
Studies have shown that smoking causes depression. Interestingly, tobacco also affects your mental well-being, so cutting down on smoking is likely to help reduce depression.
Long-term life stressors are also a cause of depression, often because they are unrelated to external events. For example, a stressor in your life such as marital problems or an unpredictable financial situation can negatively impact your mental health.
Allergies and smoking also tend to be triggers of depression. For those with allergies, one or more allergic disorders can create stress and contribute to depressed moods.
In smoking, there is one mood change caused by smoking that could also trigger depression.
For a smoker, the process of starting a cigarette, a cigarette break, and the lapse from smoking to smoking again (even after the period of smoking is over) are all indications of depressive thoughts.
Other stressors that can trigger depression are:
- Finances and relationships
- Depression and trauma
Getting back to the issue of the scarcity of work for individuals with depression, it is important to know that unemployment isn't the root cause of depression.
That said, there are a host of other problems that affect the mentally healthy people in their lives.
What are the treatments for depression?
Depression is a treatable illness that requires some form of psychotherapy, medication, and a supportive lifestyle.
The most common treatment for depression is medication, which can be prescribed by a medical practitioner. It is important to note that medication has side effects, so users should get expert advice before choosing the medication that is right for them.
Other therapies for depression include:
- Behavioral therapy
- Education and awareness
- Programs that focus on empathy
- Alcohol and drug abuse counseling
The suggestions mentioned above are not the only ways to treat depression, but they can be a good starting point to find out what treatments may be right for you.
How to be an entrepreneur with depression
If you are an entrepreneur, it is okay to admit you are sick. Many people go to work every day, but their energy is low, they are always tired.
They are also battling a variety of health conditions, like depression and anxiety.
If you have depression, do not isolate yourself. Get out of your house.
Have social interactions, make friends, and get out of your comfort zone.
Reclaim your identity. Who are you?
What do you love? What excites you?
Make decisions daily with your desires, not just your responsibilities.
A healthy mental routine is important. Get to the gym or just workout.
Clean your house, do small chores to keep you occupied. Taking care of yourself is very important.
Exercise and eating healthy are very important. It is not enough to drink only smoothies, there is no need to go crazy with the meal diet.
It is important to have balanced meals, and not too many calories.
Let yourself get inspired
Find inspiration in your own life. It is not easy to love yourself.
Sometimes, it is a good idea to work with a mentor or with someone better at what you do. There is nothing wrong with seeking help from someone who is more experienced.
They will help you pick up your life, keep you on track, and guide you if you need help.
When you get depressed or are depressed, the people you are with are very important.
The way you treat your friends, the way you speak to them will inspire you to get back to your feet.
Finding self-esteem and self-love
So many entrepreneurs have it tough. They suffer from stress and are overwhelmed.
Life is full of pressure, they are pushed by their own inner demons to become the best in their industry and their lives.
The human condition is difficult, but finding the support of a few special people with who you can relate can help you to regain your self-esteem.
A friend, family member, or partner can help you with coping skills, and life skills.
How to do this? Give yourself space to do what you like, set healthy boundaries, manage your life, have a routine, plan, have a goal, take time off to recharge.
We all have short lives, so do not sweat the small stuff. Life is short, so do the things that make you happy.