As business owners and healthcare professionals, we exasperate ourselves trying to keep the whole world together–it’s a large burden to bear, and quite frankly when it comes down to it, it’s an unrealistic burden to bear. Sure, starting a business comes with a lot of responsibility, but if you’re not taking care of yourself first, then you can’t pour into your clients the way they deserved to be poured into.
You can’t pour from an empty cup!
Recently discussing the importance of holistic wellness and its impact on mental health with Tangee Mascoso (NP and founder of Holistic Mental Health Wellness Inc), I was left to ponder the importance of mental health and its role in starting a business. While Tangee primarily deals with patients suffering from mental illness, she did mention in our chat that through meditation and focusing on her own wellness, she was able to center herself and prepare for the task of treating her patients.
Did you know?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “mental health includes subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential”. All of these factors play a huge role in our perception of the world around us and how we conduct our businesses.
No matter if you have a small IV hydration business, a large concierge nursing service, or you run your own psychiatric practice, like Tangee, you need to be putting your mental health first so you can best serve your clients.
Tips & tricks
If you have the typical savior mentality, as most nurses do, focusing on your own mental health can be a challenge for you. If you’re struggling with burnout or other aspects that impact your mental health, then here are some simple and effective practices that you can engage in to recenter yourself so you’re best equipped to tackle the mental challenges of starting/maintaining your own business:
- Meditation– Meditation helps you be intentional about your thoughts and enables you to recenter yourself to find mental and emotional balance, even in the midst of chaos. This is particularly important for NursePreneurs that deal with heavy subject matter (mental health, dealth, illness, etc) on a daily basis.
- Exercise– Engaging in exercise and movement activities, even just for 15 minutes a day, can help you release stress and remove energy blockages. From Yoga, weightlifting, cardio, dancing, and more, there are several ways to incorporate movement and exercise into your routine.
- Diet– Food is medicine. When you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to refuel you’re setting yourself up to not only feel better, but have the energy to stay focused and engaged–thus enabling you to best serve your clients.
Your mental health matters just as much as your patient’s. Remember to take time for you to recharge and rebalance!