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You deserve business success with how hard you’re working. The problem is your anxiety threatens it all. What can you do about it?
Between March and July 2021, my anxiety almost caused me to completely give up on my business. Well, it made me think about giving up on certain parts of my business. My anxiety was out of control all thanks to my marriage breaking down.
You may be finding the same thing. You can’t stop worrying, and it’s taking time away from everything. But with all the hard work you’ve put into your business already, you deserve business success. So now you need to get things under control.
It’s not as simple as telling yourself to “get over it,” is it? I’m not going to tell you that. Mental health is a serious matter, and it should be treated that way. I’m going to share the steps I took to get my business back on track. I haven’t gotten rid of my anxiety, but I have ways to manage it better; manage it the way I used to before my marriage breakdown.
Listen to your gut about why anxiety is a problem
The first thing I did was listen to my gut. It’s easy to think that our guts are just leading us the wrong way, but we should trust our instincts more. The only way I got my anxiety under some sort of control as by listening to my gut. I had to pay close attention to what it was telling me.
It told me that I was more settled without my ex-husband around. It was telling me that he was the problem; the problem I needed to get out of my house.
Funnily enough, I decided to stop trying to fix the marriage just as he told me he was having an affair. That lack of trust I felt was there for a reason. It was causing the anxiety, and once I found that out and had my suspicions confirmed, it made leaving so much easier.
I wish I’d listened to my gut sooner. If I’d done that, I’d have avoided the potential failure of my business. I wouldn’t have stuck around long enough for all my energy to go into something that didn’t matter.
Talk to your doctor and talk to a therapist
The second thing I did was seek help. Admitting you have anxiety is a start. It can be hard to admit that you are suffering from mental illness and that it’s the reason you’re struggling with business success.
It’s time to get rid of the taboo label around mental health. The best thing you can do is seek help.
Your doctor will be able to help. A doctor can assess whether talk therapy is going to be enough on its own or whether medication may be needed. I’m not going to say you definitely need medication, and a good doctor should have a conversation about this. Mine did. He helped me determine whether I wanted to try medication to balance everything.
In the end, he gave me medication for when I had my worst days. I’ve still not taken them. There are other ways to get anxiety under control.
This is where talk therapy comes in. The best thing for me was finding a good therapist. I now have tools to help naturally deal with anxiety when it does come up. And it does. I’m not completely over everything that happened, and I’m not over all the feelings that I had. My anxiety wasn’t just about my marriage but has been there for a very long time. In fact, my anxiety was also linked to PTSD that I refused to admit I had.
Once I got the tools to help, I managed to find ways to get focused again when I do find myself on the verge of a spiral. It’s easier to focus on my work, so I can see continued business success.
Make a plan to get back on track for business success
Now that you’ve started to deal with your anxiety, it’s time to get your business back in, well, business. To do that, you need to make a plan.
I treated getting back into business like when I returned from maternity leave. I had to take stock of what I used to do, look at what was important when returning, and the goals I had for my business. This would then let me create the plan.
The hardest thing to do is stick to that plan. You need to take the time to make your plan realistic. Make your goals SMART.
Making the plan helped me get back into business mode. It helped me assess what was really important in my life. This wasn’t about what I thought was important before the anxiety or the pressure I was putting on myself as my business started failing. It was about what I wanted to see in the future; where I saw my business in five years time.
I always look in five-year increments, but I only plan one year at a time. I just have a loose five-year plan. The one-year plan is broken down into quarters to help me take small steps to business success.
What are you struggling with in business? Let me know and let’s strive for business success together.