I just sat down on my bed at 4.30pm (up against the headboard) and woke up at 1.30am (refreshed but I need my chiropractor!) I had missed 72 messages on WhatsApp, 9 in my mobile, 6 missed calls and a good few email.
As a business owner one of the most important and challenging aspects for me is that my company family are ok. COVID has pushed us all to change almost everything about our entire environment. As an idea person I thrive on change, most people don’t, as company owners we have to understand this and make allowances.
Make sure you look after you. I try my best to see when people are suffering and to be approachable to everyone. When I see someone suffering, I try reach out and I really hope that my company family feels my door is always open if they need me. This however is not enough. When people see you constantly doing 14-hour days and rushed off your feet they often, as nice people, don’t want to add to your stress.
Beware of becoming a Mental dumping ground if you’re not prepared.
I have an open-door policy, if you have a problem come and talk to me. Over the years this has been well used and is perhaps one of the things I get the most out of.
I normally consider myself fully capable of dealing with things, having done a fair bit of soft skills training I still often find myself in this trap. I don’t mean to make it sound like a bad thing (Mental dumping ground) it’s exactly what is needed for many people. I am just realising that I need to make professional arrangements for every person in every company I own to have access to be able to mentally dump every so often and to do so in a structured and professional manner.
These are phenomenally challenging and exciting times and you have to protect your own mental space if you’re going to get, you, your company and team through the challenges that are to come.
Update July 11th
Since I put my initial thoughts down on mental health the world has moved on in many ways, Covid seems here to stay, business is tough, people are suffering.
I got myself to a position this week that I am not particularly proud of. Pushing yourself to far turns your brain off! The reality of trying to keep all of the many balls I am juggling has meant apart from my normal tasks I have another day’s work to get done every day. Things have gotten behind, and this increases the stress levels. This reduces my efficiency and puts me further behind. The de facto vicious circle. Normally I can see this coming and I go skydiving. This time I went too far down the rabbit hole ending in me being so drained and tired that sleep was just not possible and resulted in me having to leave the building and forcing myself to take a weekend off.
Any business owners out there know that you never really get time off from your thoughts, ideas, and plans. This is one of the things that stands us apart. I urge you to make sure that you actively plan your mental health. Make sure you get time you need to think, or soon you won’t be able to.
Humbled by the power of the mind