Mental health and business – The GTeX Community opens up

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Every month I choose a topic that I feel our community has been struggling with. Over the last few weeks, I have noticed a lot of my clients (myself included) struggling with this issue and wanted to bring it up as a topic of discussion within the GTeX community to see the different ways people deal with it. 

Mental health has been somewhat of a taboo subject over the years and we are just now starting to see and hear people be open about it. 

So we asked a few questions within the GTeX community to see their experience with it and these are the responses we got. 

Here is also the video that started the conversation when I opened up about my struggles with anxiety and depression.

Bernadette Bruckner Mag.a (FH) 

www.firstaidsoul.com

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health? 

  • 1999 in France, when I was close to killing myself.

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • Out of my struggle back then, I created my own coaching/therapy style as well my own nutrition work …writing books about resilience and how to become mentally strong (www.firstaidsoul.com) so that I can now I can support others.

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • I use my own created resilience methods 🙂 – and they work 100%.

Sian Young 

www.sian-young.com

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

  • When I had food and shelter!! Also, I did not know I was suffering from PTSD until a few years in when it got really intense and I got regular flashbacks.

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • I had to build a business that had my self-care at the core, as self-care is key to improving mental health issues.

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • I implement excellent self-care on all levels as I use my 7/11 breath to calm my mind in high-stress environments and I keep educating myself on coaching techniques to make sure I see any trigger signs so that I can have time to choose which tool or technique to use to pull myself back. I then look at and question where I am and what am I missing or processing that has triggered me.

Juan Carlos Gouveia MSc, RTT, ClHyp, NCP, CNHC

ChangeIDeserve.com

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

  • From a very young age, I had a problem connecting, felt lonely, misunderstood, and created beliefs about sorting it out for myself, only counting on me type of beliefs.

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • Stopped me from being authentic because of the fear of being judged, To avoid being rejected I projected to the world what the world wanted from me, Suppressing my true self to emerge, Hard work not being who we are.

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • Consistently working on my self-development. The journey to self-discovery and mastery is not an easy ride but the full realization of oneself is power. It can be very difficult at times to find and understand our own uniqueness because of the subconscious programming acquired at vulnerable times in our childhood. For example when someone compared us with someone else. At that precise moment you experience the discomfort and pain you diminished your true uniqueness. I use effective pioneering therapy based on neuroscience, meditation, exercise, self-care, take time out to recharge to reconnect with my true self, and continue walking and advance on my lane. I have retrained to become a  Licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist and I’m registered with the NCP National Council of Psychotherapists, the CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council,  the IACT International Association of Counselors and Therapists to help clients be free from whatever’s is holding them back and be their true selves.

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

  • In 2013 I had been running my business as a PT for one year and decided to train like a bodybuilder and start my first diet to compete in my first competition.  Within 4 months I experienced insomnia, anxiety, and burnout. 

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • I had to give up my business as I wasn’t coping.  I had a lot of self-doubt and feelings of failure.  I suffered for 5 years and now that I have overcome and am running a totally different business being authentically me, it no longer impacts me as I have many tools that enable me to accept and allow my emotions to be heard, felt, and seen. 

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • I focus on my self-care as a daily and evening ritual.  Meditation, Prayer, Journaling, and Poetry help me feel more at peace and into a place of Selflove.  I speak up when I need support and disconnect from the external world and connect through nature, self-expression, and stillness.  Selflove is key.

Angie Simmons,
the Growth Development Foundation

www.growthdevelopmentfoundation.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook/growthdevelopmentfoundation

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

  • I struggled with mental health for over twenty years but didn’t know, what I did notice was my short temper, tiredness, and worthlessness. I was finally signed off work in 2003, with work-related stress, and prescribed tablets to help me combat depression and anxiety. I then lost my brother in 2007 in a horrific motorbike accident, which escalated my feelings of worthlessness and a feeling of hopelessness. This is when I smashed the self-destruct button and added alcohol to the mix of tablets, anything to numb the mind because I didnt know any better. Thankfully, I came across personal development, just over seven years ago. That is when I realised that we all have the tools within, to help us, but not shown. I finally saw the true power of inner work in 2018, when I suddenly lost my mentor, my mother.

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • When lockdown first started it did affect me initially, I was panicking about my other dog grooming business, because the doors were shut straight away, meaning I would struggle to pay my bills. This is when I realised that my mental mess can actually help inspire others because the skills that I’ve learned on my path of self-discovery and recovery, have helped me move forward in my business and my life so that I can help others. I have noticed that I need to have plenty of time for myself, to fill my inner battery so I can combat daily life and what it throws at me.

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • Over the past 7 years, I have devised my own daily mind management methodology, that keeps me actively working on my own mental health and helps bridge the gap for others. I once heard, that how you start your day will dictate how your day goes. My first daily step is to get up when I wake up. Sleep inertia hinders our self-belief and productivity, I would rather wake up celebrating rather than beating myself up. I prioritise my personal inner work before I let in the outer world, to make sure I have the inner strength and the right energies to maximize my day. Most people focus on the outer world, but true change starts when you work from within. The inner work consists of journaling, meditation, visualization, planning my daily step, gratitude, reading, and listening to positive mindset material and at the end of the day, I celebrate my daily wins.

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

  • Probably many many years ago. As a teenager, or even pre-teen. 

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

  • I avoid doing the things I should be doing, moving things forward, or shut myself off from things and people. 

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

  • I eat well, sleep well, exercise. Often I journal, I meditate, and I realise that all emotions, thoughts, and feelings are transient and remind myself that “This too, shall pass.” I also talk with trusted friends about things that might be bothering me. 

Final Thoughts

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for contributing and sharing their personal journeys with this matter as it isn’t always easy. Secondly, I have to mention the recurring theme with all the responses: Self-Care. 

Everyone mentioned how you have to take care of yourself first before putting anything out there because if you are not taken care of yourself, you cannot take care of anything else sustainably.

I truly believe we go through hardship to come out the other side stronger knowing what needs to change in order to be better and the responses just prove that further.

Take care of yourself first, it will make the biggest difference for you in the long run…trust me.

Now is your turn. 

Answer the following questions in the comments.

When did you realise you were struggling with your mental health?

How has mental health impacted you and your business?

What do you do to combat it as it is an ongoing issue?

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