4 Self-Care Tips for Coping With the Ups and Downs of Startup Life
by Katie DiMuzio
Working for a startup that you believe in is exciting. You have the chance to do work you’re passionate about, and access to tangible professional growth.
But with these great opportunities often come long hours, tight deadlines, and rapidly changing work demands. In the fast-paced startup world, it’s often hard to pause or find time for self care.
If you put off those personal needs for too long, you could be headed towards burnout!
Mental health challenges impact everyone, and people in high-stress work environments are especially susceptible.
Here are some tips on how to manage your mental health and self-care in the exciting but challenging startup atmosphere:
Do what you can, when you can
Some days you might be able to enjoy a 90-minute hot yoga class, while other days you’re lucky to squeeze in a 5-minute meditation. Both are worthwhile, and both will give you some benefit!
Pop out for a walk during lunch
Set your phone timer for anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes, and let yourself relax and connect with nature for the duration of the timer. Pay special attention to the sights and sounds outside.
Block off time in your calendar for self-care
Whether it’s a quick phone call to vent to your support crew (hi, Mom!) or some mindful stretches to unwind after a stressful meeting, scheduling time for self-care will help keep it a top priority.
Seek help if you need it
Have a good talk with your friends or colleagues to see if they have any tips for self-care. If you’re considering therapy, use Zencare to browse therapists in New York City, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
A note for managers and company leaders: Lead by example! If you make your own mental health and self-care a priority, your employees will feel empowered to focus on their own needs, too. This will have a positive overall impact on the workplace and your growing company. Here are five ways managers can improve mental health for their employees.
Katie DiMuzio, LCSW, is the Partnerships Manager at Zencare. Through her work as a licensed clinician, Katie discovered how hard it is for people to learn about and access high quality therapy. This brought her to Zencare, where she is leading partnerships in the community to ensure Zencare is reaching those who need it.