The life of an entrepreneur sounds glamorous when you’re on the outside looking in. Setting your own schedule, creating your own rules, and building the type of company you want to work for can be incredibly alluring.
In fact, successful entrepreneurs tend to be idolized by the masses as they appear to be happier, more successful, and more driven than anyone else. There are a multitude of books, courses, and companies devoted entirely to selling the dream of business ownership. Yet, there’s a hidden dark side to being entrepreneur that’s rarely discussed – the lifestyle can be a setup for a variety of serious mental health issues.
The hidden secret among many entrepreneurs is the psychological price they pay for their choices. The demands of business ownership may place entrepreneurs at a higher risk of specific mental health problems. Here are just a few of the ways being an entrepreneur can take a toll on your psychological well-being:
1. Depression – The isolation many entrepreneurs experience contributes to an increased risk of depression. Additionally, many entrepreneurs work such long hours that they’re not able to take care of themselves. The “time is money” mentality means they usually devote less time to sleep, leisure, exercise, and other activities that can