The unreported mental stress and anxiety that comes with being an entrepreneur
Anxiety can be a difficult demon to deal with on a daily basis. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. In addition to this, anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
While anxiety might affect a large amount of the general population, this disorder can be particularly damaging for those in the startup community but is seldom discussed. The media often present tech celebrities and the great entrepreneurs as omniscient leaders in their respective industries.
However, it is easy to forget that the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are human just like us, with the same worries, fears, and anxieties that we all have in our normal lives. Even Elon Musk admits that he understands what it means to feel a strong sense of fear, which he explained during an interview with YCombinator’s Sam Altman stating “I feel fear quite strongly”.
Being an entrepreneur means pushing your boundaries and stepping outside your comfort zone. This can induce very strong negative feelings such as stress, depression, and anxiety, especially during times of high pressure like starting a business or keeping it going through hard times.
One entrepreneur who understands this is Tania Diggory who was running a successful events company when she was forced to overcome uncertainty and anxiety. In an interview with The Guardian she explains that during the second year of running her business her anxiety became particularly bad and she started experiencing panic attacks which seriously affected her work.
“At the time, I’d felt anxious about managing relationships with challenging clients and confronting issues head on. I’d felt uncertain about how my business was going to unfold and what could happen if it didn’t develop as I’d planned. I was concerned about building up steady work and a reliable income”. She adds “Like many entrepreneurs, I tried to do everything myself in the first year of my startup and experienced burnout. This cost me two months out of work to recover fully, both physically and psychologically.”
There are a number of methods that are recommended to help tackle anxiety as an entrepreneur, however, there is one startup which hopes to provide a natural solution for those suffering from anxiety. Levium is a supplement that provides anxiety relief in minutes with no side effects. After years of research, this innovative startup has developed a nutraceutical that is safe and effective, using all natural active ingredients that work on a neurotransmitter level to reduce stress and anxiety.
The product was created after Chris Adams joined up with former Navy SEAL, Neil Mahoney along with a team of top neuroscientists and doctors to tackle this horrible condition which affects so many. “It’s a very competitive world,” Adams says. “There is a lot of work hard, play hard going on.” All fueled with a combination of coffee, prescription meds, recreational drugs, and alcohol. “Once you start pulling all those levers in the brain, people just get burned out. Their brain chemistry gets so out of whack that anxiety is rampant”.Though Levium is not currently out yet, it will be available for pre-order soon.
In order to achieve your goals it can take a lot of courage to push yourself out of your usual comfort zone. This can cause a sense of overwhelming stress and dread which many entrepreneurs can relate to. With the help of a balanced lifestyle and the addition of helpful startups like Levium, it is possible that we can produce a new generation of entrepreneurs that can openly talk about their issues while learning to effectively deal with them.