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5 Ways Starting A Business Could Benefit Your Mental Health

Have you ever considered starting your own business? If so, you’re certainly not alone. The appeal to finally run the show as your own boss is a dream of millions of women all over the world. Unfortunately, most of those women never get past the dream stage because of fear, money, time, or other unforeseen circumstances. I’m just keeping it real…

That said, though the whole process is not a piece of cake, by any means, moving forward with a good idea has just as many bright spots as it does pitfalls. In fact, how’s this for a surprising rainbow moment: starting a business could benefit your mental health by stirring up hope and motivation not found elsewhere. Or, what about the blissful clarity about what you want and how you show up in the world? Let’s take a look at some more ways entrepreneurship could boost your mental health!

Evokes a Sense of Purpose

It’s no secret that many of those millions of women I referred to above feel lost and without purpose working at dead-end jobs. Of course, fulfilling purpose isn’t just about what you do for a living, but that part of our lives can have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and our chosen path.

Sometimes, staying at a job well past its purpose in your life can actually hinder the motivation to explore long-time goals and dreams. In this case, starting a business could be a point of clarity about what you are meant to do and how you are to do it- think kick in the ass clarity. Ultimately, choosing a new path such as owning your own business shows you that you can work toward something important to you. Talk about a fast track out of dullsville!

Breeds Motivation

The women of the world asked wearily, “Where did my motivation and fierce love for my work go?” You can almost hear “Taps” playing in the background as these well-meaning goddesses lose the mental capacity to dream and say, “Yes” to themselves. The path back to sovereignty and that bright. beautiful rainbow could be starting a business that is 100% YOU and built on your values, passions, brilliance, and gumption to make your mark on the world. That, my friends, is one of the most motivating things I’ve ever experienced in my life! I can whole-heartedly say that it’s worth exploring.

Increases Self-Confidence

Starting a business can be a big confidence booster, considering what corporate America can do to your soul…sorry, that was a little dramatic. But, honestly, I hear horror stories from my hubby about how one “bad seed” spreading poison in a company’s foundation can destroy the hope and confidence of unsuspecting workers…talk about a mind $*%k.

Let’s flip that coin to the other side… 

Starting a business can peel away layers of self-doubt, fear, and crushed dreams that working for others can produce. It could even enlist some energy and will to change other areas of your life that are well overdue for a makeover. Power side note: understand me, beautiful ladies, it’s not easy to operate a business, especially if you’ve never done it before. However, the effort to make a change does something to our psyche even if we don’t fulfill it exactly as we planned.

Expands Your Reach/Meet New People

Owning a business whether it is an online or traditional brick and mortar sends you into a whole new realm of opportunity to reach and meet new people. Granted, these connections are likely to be business-oriented, but they are points of potential to meet those that will be more than clients, customers, or vendors.

Once you get your business up and running and make use of today’s technology like social media platforms and services such as hvac website design to expand your business, your horizons will open up in every area of your life. If you are an especially extroverted woman, this could bring about a significant boost to your mood.

Helps You Feel Balanced 

We’ve talked about some ways that starting a business could help you find yourself again, giving hope and motivation for the future. But let’s talk a little about what happens when you get to a dark place mentally. It’s no joke that being unmotivated and bored can bring about symptoms of depression, anxiety, and dysfunction in general. If this has happened to you, it’s imperative that you talk to your doctor and get help if you need it. Some depression is serious, requiring the condition to be treated by a professional. OK, now that that’s out in the open, let’s get back to starting a business and how it could benefit your mental health.

Going for your dreams is powerful and, in some cases, can dig a weary woman right out of a pit of brokenness and despair. That was me before I decided to pursue writing books, blogging, and coaching women. And, though, I’ve had to put some of that on hold because of shifts in my life focus, I will always be grateful for the balance and clarity I feel from knowing I didn’t leave my dreams unfulfilled. Additionally, I know that I can always shift right back into that place or completely reinvent myself for something new.

Starting a business of your own has so much to offer that I can’t share even the tip of the iceberg here. However, there are plenty of articles here on WLL that support my opinion that it’s certainly worth considering. I will say this: anything we women can do in these tumultuous times to boost our self-confidence, mental balance, and happiness is worth acting on. Be well and happy, my friends!

About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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