Are you a small business owner suffering from depression? You’re not alone.
Depression comes in many forms; simple to complex, situational to chronic. For business owners, work-to-life ratio, brain productivity breaks, and nutrition are key. Most business owners I work with are highly stressed, take little or no time away from work, and eat poor quality food regularly (even if at restaurants). Depression is simply a natural byproduct of burning out the body physically and mentally.
What to do? Here are a few simple steps I recommend to my busy clients:
Step 1: Step Away From Work Every Hour
Optimal brain health demands regular rest for short periods. It’s literally like hitting the reset button. Some studies suggest that highest productivity is achieved by walking away from your computer and work for 17 minutes after every 52 minutes of work.
One simple way to increase happiness is to take up space…..as much space as possible….as if you also matter. Taking up space sends a number of messages to your inner psyche that you are big, powerful, worthy, and ready. This simple technique relieves stress in as little as two minutes. Sit in a chair and stretch out in all directions, or whatever works in your work environment.
Step 2: Engage in Resilience Building Activities Daily
Exercise, go to museums, knit, meditate, and learn practical tools that help decrease stress in the moment. Best yet, learn how to act instead of react in response to every day stress.
Step 3: Clean up your daily nutrition
You are what you eat. There’s plenty of evidence showing that the food you eat every day can contribute or take away from your ability to think and feel your way through life.
If you’re eating a Standard American Diet, take immediate action to reverse course. The SAD diet is loaded with sugar and processed foods, all of which diminish productivity, slow metabolism, and directly impact your ability to think (or not). Sugar mounts a direct assault on the endocrine system starting in the gut. 90% of the hormone Serotonin that regulate sleep and positive mood is created in your stomach; sugar and chemicals in processed foods literally destroy the environment needed to guard against depression. On the flip side, eating clean greens promote a healthy stomach microbiome necessary for Serotonin development, endocrine function, sleep, mood, staying alert and aware, and focusing to your highest capacity.
Best to address sooner than later, before chronic burnout becomes a serious mental health condition or worse.
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