mental health problems

Tackle mental health problems

A lack of sleep can cause mental health problems. 

On my own journey of creating the freelancer business I have today, I have overcome many obstacles.

  • Anxiety
  • Sleepless Nights
  • Juggling Time With Family

From overcoming these experiences, I have created 4 strategies to calm your mind from anxiety and have a deep full sleep. Deep sleep that leaves you re energised for the day ahead.

By using tools and creating a plan, you can overcome mental health problems. Creating a business that you love that fits around your life.

Sleep is essential for mental health. We all know about getting 8 hours sleep a night.

How many of us actually do get the full 8 hours?

Do you lye in bed with your eyes closed just thinking about your money or what jobs you need to do the next day? Or do you get a full deep sleep that leaves you feeling re energised for the next day?

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Sleep and Mental Health Problems

If you are not getting a full nights sleep then it can lead to mental health problems including anxiety and depression. In 2019, we are becoming more and more aware of what happens when mental health problems are not treated.

According to Mind there are 2 suicides in every 100,000 people. More worryingly is that 84 men in the UK take their own lives every week according to the campaign Project 84.

As you can see looking after your mental health is important. Being an entrepreneur is a life full of highs and lows, wearing your mental health down.

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My Own Journey And Mental Health Problems

Starting my virtual assistant business and launching my career as a freelancer, I was filled with excitement. The world was all of a sudden opening up to me with lots of different opportunities. Excited I wanted to explore it all and meet a new group of people who were just like me.

This excitement is what kept on driving me forward, even if I got the odd rejection here and there. Achieving any win, no matter how big or small was always pushing me to achieve more.

Costs Of Wanting More

Ultimately wanting to achieve more costed me. Costing me time with my daughter and my mental health.

Time with my daughter suffered as I was just spending as much time as possible on my laptop. Convincing myself that the more I do, the more she will benefit in the future. As time went on she did not get any quality time with me and I lost my big reason why.

Why I started my career as a freelancer. So I could enjoy time with her now when she is a child. Everything I just was not doing.

My mental health suffered as I was getting more and more anxious. Anxious if people were reading my emails, visiting my website and engaging with my social media posts.

All of this resulted in not being able to sleep properly and fixated on every stat there is. Here are 4 strategies I took to start changing my behaviour.

Changing Behaviour

Changing my behaviour was essential to saving my relationship with my daughter and my mental health. I did this by taking a look at my business and changing my business model. Going from a virtual assistant to a blogger. Having a blog that helps businesses to grow.

With my blog, I knew that with a content creation plan and a simple marketing plan, I could create blogs during school hours. Thus helping me and my daughter to spend more quality time together. Now we are smiling more and enjoying the time we have together more.

Starting a blog has helped my mental health so much and I am glad I started it. So do what makes you happy and fits with the life you want to live. Do not become another statistic as the ones mentioned earlier.

Next Steps

As you can see sleep is vital to saving your mental health. You want to build the business of your dreams. A business that is going to fit around you and your life.

Remember you have chosen to escape the 9-5 rat race. Being able to spend more time doing what you love. Spend more time with friends and family. Live life on your terms not somebody else’s.

Create a plan and stick to it using tools (listed below) so you are more productive.

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What are you going to do to switch off from work and save your mental health? Let me know in the comments below.

32 thoughts on “Tackle mental health problems”

  1. I can attest that some yoga before bed really works – it makes me so sleepy and relaxed! I’ve also found that reading and using the dim setting on my light clock works, as it mimics sunset and gets your body ready for rest.

    1. I have found that getting an alarm clock that mimicks a sunrise starts you off in a better mood. This is vital now as the dark days are drawing in. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

    1. These are all things I did in the last year and have worked wonders for me. I am sure that they will work wonders for you too.

  2. I love you post. I had depression after having some sleep disorders. I worked night shift (7pm-7am) at a hospital. I couldn’t keep during the day so my doctor prescribed ambien. It was horribles. Due to the medication and lack of sleep fell in a clinical depression. Now I’m antidepressant. I’m doing waaaaay better now. Im not longer work night shifts. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I wanted to share my story as I have suffered a lot of mental health problems, but what I realised is that it was down to sleep. Lack of sleep or irregular sleeping patterns. When you are able to start getting a deep sleep your mental health will start to make improvements. Good luck with your own journey battling depression.

  3. I am so glad I came across this article. I needed to read this. Going on my first full year of being a professional blogger, I have found myself being pulled in all too many directions. My sleep has definitely suffered. Thank you for sharing.

  4. A lack of sleep can really make you insane. I recall a time when I hated sleeping because stupidly, I hated how it took away from my productive time. I ended up feel very shaky and overwhelmed one day and decided to rest. After a good 6-8 hours I felt perfectly normal and ready for the world again.

    1. Yes, I used to think the same that sleeping was taking away my time but when I began getting sleep I got more done in the day

  5. Great reminder – I have started exercising again each morning – without beating myself up for doing only 15-20 minutes, rather than the full 30-45 minutes.
    And it has made a difference!

    1. Every little helps! We all have days when we don’t want to do anything but just by doing a little bit goes a long way even if its dancing around in private to your favourite tunes

  6. These are really great strategies for a better quality of sleep. I do a good job with my morning routine but I really need to start implementing a better nighttime routine. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  7. What an important post. If I don’t get a good night’s sleep, my anxiety will be worse the following day for sure. Sleep is crucial to our health and mental health. I love your tip about going for a walk to calm down before bedtime. I write a lot about how nature calms us. We can also tap into nature to relax before bed by reading nature poetry and other stories, visualizing our favorite spot outdoors, and listening to natural sounds like chirping birds or a flowing stream.

    1. Yoga is a great natural method to stretch out your muscles and relax the mind. They have been overworked all day and need time to recharge for the next days events.

  8. I definitely understand this, I very rarely have 8 hours or sleep, it’s more 5-6. I have to get up at 5am for work and then I use my evenings for seeing my husband, family and friends, relaxing, writing, etc, so I end up going to bed way too late and it doesn’t help with my anxiety. I do need to plan my time better! Thank you for this post x

    1. Sleep is so important and the thing we don’t prioritise as we want to be doing other things. Try your hardest and find an extra hour if at all possible. Every little helps.

  9. Very important!
    In architecture school in the early 2000s, we were all being pressured to work “all-nighters” and there was even a stigma among students that whoever wasn’t there at 2am must be a slacker. This needs to STOP!

    1. Yes. But this comes from the underlying problem that we need to work at all hours or we are a slacking. We need to teach children from school age that they need there sleep. By doing this we might start to make a change.

  10. I don’t sleep well at all, but I still try and mediate/shut down each evening well before bedtime to reduce the chance of no sleep at all. Otherwise, I’d be up half the night on my laptop working rather than recovering.

    1. Using tech in the night when struggling to sleep is really counter intuitive. The screen light from our phones and computers awaken the brain therefore making it even harder to go to sleep.

  11. I am thankful for my CPAP and meditation as it is a challenge to sleep. Ny doctor gave mr medicine to help and doing better. Thank you for you writings.

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