Much is said of the need for business owners and entrepreneurs to practise regular self-care. In fact, in some entrepreneur circles, a popular topic of conversation tends to be “so what’s your current morning practice then?” Many of the key thought leaders from the world of personal development and entrepreneurship will tell you how essential it is to have a self-care routine in order to be successful in business and in life, and of course many of us take that on board, the good students of life that we are, and go off and plan out a whole programme of activities that we vow to do regularly so that we too can have a successful business and life. Read more
Being your boss. Freedom and flexibility. Following your passions. No more commuting.
Some of the many, many benefits of working for yourself.
But of course, the world of self-employment can also have its downsides – one of which is experiencing isolation as a small business owner. Many people who start their own businesses do so after having had a previous career. It’s a common theme that many of us ‘escape’ the corporate world of high targets and expectations, burnout and stress to retrain in something that ignites our passion. But as well as leaving all that behind, we also say goodbye to some really good stuff as well. Read more
Depression. What is depression?
The feeling of waking up each morning exhausted regardless of how much sleep you’ve had. A severe lack of motivation and enthusiasm to do anything or go anywhere, and a head full of rumination with frequent thoughts of “what’s the point?” and “what’s wrong with me?” When you find it almost impossible to string a sentence together or remember what you did 30 minutes ago, let alone last weekend. Read more
Making a decision should be easy. That choice or this one. That’s it. Yet, why does it feel so hard to make a decision sometimes?
Some people talk about the feeling of ‘analysis paralysis’ and it really can feel like that at times. The anxiety of not being able to make a decision for fear of getting it wrong. Read more
Grass Is Greener Syndrome. I made it up. Well, at least I thought I did until I consulted Google and realised I didn’t make it up at all! Apparently – it’s a ‘thing’.
Grass Is Greener, Shiny Object Syndrome – call it what you like, what we’re really talking about here is a feeling of dissatisfaction with what one currently has, and so looking outside of that to fix it.
Being aware of doing it is one thing, knowing what to do about it is another. Read more
The rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur. Some days the work feels so joyful and effortless, while other days it feels like a total uphill struggle – which is no fun at all. What about those days (correction, weeks) where it does feel tough? Where it all feels too hard, and the excitement that you first felt about setting up on your own feels like a very long time ago indeed.
Let’s face it, working for yourself and becoming your own boss can be one rollercoaster ride of a journey. The highs, the lows, and the incredible learning curves. Many entrepreneurs describe self-employment as a journey of personal development. The best therapy you can get!
One topic that comes up regularly with small business owners is fear. Fear and anxiety. Read more
Imagine if we dismissed our negative or distracting thoughts like we do dreams?
Sometimes we can wake up after a bad dream can’t we, and we automatically calm ourselves down with
“Oh it’s OK, it was just a dream, it doesn’t mean anything”
Immediately, it puts our mind at rest.
So…. if that works with dreams (which really, are just thoughts but at night time), Read more
Before we get started, let’s put this one to rest. Being an introvert has nothing to do with social skills. Beth Buelow in her book The Introvert Entrepreneur writes “the reality is that introversion inherently has nothing to do with social skills Read more
First of all, despite the word ‘niche’ in the title, this blog post is not about marketing, although it might please some marketing experts to know that by spreading the word that niche is a good thing, they are also promoting good emotional health too. Read more