Secret Mental Illness: Mood Disorders, Anxiety – a Modern “Executive” Plague
November 28, 2017
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Why Entrepreneurs and C-suite Execs are facing burnout and walking away from their passion.

If the plan is not working, focus on changing the plan. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” (George Bernard Shaw).

People at their best, most inspired selves have a clear vision for the future. However, life delivers the shock factor—the trauma, the catastrophe, which can blur or shatter even the most resolute vision.

When entrepreneurs and C-Suite Execs have a captivating vision for the future it usually centers around the following; to be the best at what they do, always be ahead of their game, be a brilliant leader, a great role model to their family and society, and leave a legacy.

However, when the majority of one’s waking hours is spent commuting, working, and strategizing about work without seeing desired results—negative feelings and emotions can take over.

One has only to look at the successful leaders of any startup or corporation to see how their particular strengths vary massively from any ideal list of leadership qualities. And so do their upbringings. Deep-rooted fears can manifest in various ways when a person feels highly vulnerable. Resilience is a quality often discussed in leadership, but for the entrepreneur or C-Suite Exec, resilience is tested to the limit with repeated exposure to forces of opposition. That’s right, successful executives and entrepreneurs are not shielded from burnout because of their position or status.

It takes a certain mindset to quickly heed the warning signs of impending burnout. This is like the mindset of an athlete under the careful direction of an expert coach. But it’s usually not the norm for a business leader to work with a psychology expert to ensure they’re mentally firing on all cylinders. This would inevitably help them to prepare for, and handle the ups and downs of running a business. Instead, many head towards burnout over a period of months or years and continue to function at some basic level in the most precarious manner.

“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”  (Dalai Lama)

Like stress, burnout manifests in various ways affecting people to different degrees, however, it has distinguished traits. Some of the danger signs include chronic fatigue, overwhelm, irritability, anger, self-criticism, suspicion, fear, and contempt. Individuals experience turbulent emotions and psychological exhaustion. When a CEO or Startup Founder reaches extreme lows, it can trigger behavioral responses that contradict their future vision. They may publicly lose their temper or have a meltdown. They may quit— walking away from their passion.

At Oasis Counseling Today, we work with corporate leaders and business owners who’ve experienced burnout and mental health disorders. The good news is—our clients who’ve suffered from burnout are rebuilding their lives. With the right help and guidance, anyone can do it.

It’s important to seek help as soon as possible by heeding the warning signs and not letting problems escalate. This way, an individual can minimize damage while protecting their relationships, their reputation, or public image.

We focus on helping our clients to remove the root causes of burnout, while guiding them towards rediscovering their vision and rebuilding a meaningful life— a life that supports their core values.

It’s about striving toward balance, doing the simple things that make you happy, replenishing energy, and re-visualizing dreams.

Start refuelling your mindset. Contact Oasis Counseling Today on: 702-294-0433

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