Are you a driven female entrepreneur looking to boost your mood, energy, and motivation? In this blog post, we will explore simple strategies for improving your mental wellness. Drawing inspiration from the insightful episode "Boost Your Mood, Energy, and Motivation: Simple Strategies for Mental Wellness" on The Driven Woman Entrepreneur podcast hosted by yours truly, we will delve into key takeaways and practical tips to help you thrive in your personal and professional life.
Taking Control of Mental Health:
The episode highlights the power of using will and personal agency to improve mental health. While prescription medication can be effective, it is equally important to feel in control of our own well-being. By taking responsibility for our mental health and adopting strategies that work for us, we can create positive change and cultivate a greater sense of control.
Navigating the Impact of Long-Term Stress:
Long-term stress has become a pressing issue in today's world, especially with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many female entrepreneurs are experiencing feelings of uncertainty, fear, and self-doubt, which can take a toll on their mental health. It is crucial to recognize and address these challenges, understanding that mental health is not a catchphrase but a genuine concern that affects us all.
Acknowledging Mental Health Challenges:
It’s time to eliminate the "us versus them" mentality when it comes to mental health. People have various predispositions and experiences, making them more susceptible to conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and others, but we are all at risk of mental health challenges. Additionally, the increasing prevalence of past and present traumas further compounds the mental health challenges faced by many.
Understanding Subclinical Depression and Procrastination:
A common experience shared by many women is subclinical depression, which manifests as feelings of apathy and excessive fatigue. Female entrepreneurs who struggle with subclinical depression often find themselves on the pathway to burnout but have not reached that point yet. Procrastination becomes a significant barrier, preventing engagement in activities that can improve overall well-being.
The Importance of Minimal Exercise:
Exercise plays a vital role in boosting mood, energy, and motivation, but many busy women just can’t find time for it. Instead of unrealistic standards for exercise that we just can’t reach, minimal exercise that is sustainable and beneficial for mental health should be prioritized. Female entrepreneurs often fall into the trap of all-or-none thinking, feeling discouraged if they can't commit to a full routine or a long workout. By shifting the mindset and focusing on consistency, even short bursts of physical activity can make a significant difference.
Radical Self-Acceptance and Avoiding Hyperfocus:
To cultivate mental wellness, it is crucial to practice radical self-acceptance and acknowledge that we are doing our best in challenging times. This agreement with ourselves may not come easily, but it sets the foundation for ongoing self-acceptance. Additionally, female entrepreneurs with ADHD are prone to hyperfocus, which can be detrimental to their overall well-being. Finding ways to break the hyperfocus spell, such as "hyper hydrating" or setting intentional breaks, is vital for maintaining a healthy balance.
Addressing Chronic Disappointment:
Chronic disappointment, though not a mental disorder, can impact mood, energy, and motivation. It is important to recognize and discuss this topic, beyond the mental health community, as we navigate the challenges of today's world. Female entrepreneurs may experience chronic disappointment, regardless of the underlying reasons, and it is necessary to take steps to preserve mental wellness.
As female entrepreneurs, prioritizing our mental wellness is crucial for personal and professional success. By implementing simple strategies like minimal exercise, adopting radical self-acceptance, and addressing chronic disappointment, we can boost our mood, energy, and motivation. Remember, mental health should be a priority for all of us, and by taking care of ourselves, we can better care for others. If you'd like to explore these strategies further, listen to the full episode on The Driven Woman Entrepreneur Podcast.
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