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Mental Health Awareness among Women Entrepreneurs

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“Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.”

Alain de Botton

The awareness of having positive mental health among women entrepreneurs is essential. Sound mental health has many benefits. Women are the foundation of every family. Ultimately a strong women may help boost the country’s economy.

There’s no denying that mental well-being affects every aspect of our lives. As a result, awareness of maintaining a good mental state has become critical to the health of our economy’s foundation.

I would narrate a situation from my family in relation to the above premise.

My mom would wake up at 4 a.m. every day. Before leaving for the office, she ensured all the household chores were attended. Even though she worked 8–9 hours a day, she ensured that the house was well kept . This cycle got repeated regularly. As a child, I felt it was normal because my mother was visibly happy doing everything for her family.

However, I remember unpleasant situations when she got angry about trivial things, which was unlike her normal self. We didn’t know how to handle her mood swings. Being a working woman myself, I found myself in my mother’s shoe soon after my marriage.

I feel, the global conversation about mental health has shifted significantly toward de-stigmatizing mental issues. Still, the same is not entirely accepted and implemented in our country. It’s difficult to talk openly about the mental health issues. This is because many people don’t have an awareness or supportive attitude towards those afflicted with mental health concerns.

Women Entrepreneurs and their situation in our society

It would not be an exaggeration to say that we live in a male-dominated world. We may all agree that women face significant challenges in the world of entrepreneurship and business. Why so? Because the arena of entrepreneurship is traditionally viewed as the domain of men. Today’s patriarchal society is the root cause of the problem. We as a society should introspect the situation of women in the workforce or business. Why are women, no matter how well-qualified, expected to take a backseat in the workplace hierarchy? As wives, their primary responsibility is to take care of their family.

For women thinking about starting or already running a business, feel pressures of their families. They start to question their value as an entrepreneur. A woman from a rural area is even more likely to encounter these difficulties. One example is that women entrepreneurs have a more challenging time raising capital than male entrepreneurs. In 2019, HSBC did a survey of over 1,000 entrepreneurs, most of them women, from around the world. There, one in three admitted to experiencing gender bias when trying to raise capital. Investors prefer a businessman over a businesswoman due to the lack of trust in women due to their gender. All these are factors of mental health issues among women in business.

Covid-19 and Mental Health issues

During the pandemic, the problems got even more inflated. Women entrepreneurs found it even more challenging to balance their businesses and family. This imbalance was because the amount of work they did, actually tripled as everyone was at home the whole day .Also, during the pandemic, in a survey, 88 per cent of the women entrepreneurs admitted that they experienced financial crises.

Change begins only with Awareness of Mental Health issues.

We should realize that achieving good and stable mental health is not a destination but rather a process. We need to equip ourselves better to help those in need. As a woman, your entrepreneurial journey has its ups and downs, just like anyone. So, you must be open about the problems and seek help in whatever form is available. It is essential to have stable mental health to increase your productivity. It is a fact that a women’s productivity increases when their mental health is sound.

On a concluding note, I would like to re-emphasize that as women entrepreneurs, you have to solve many problems, lead your teams, and provide encouragement and guidance to the team members. Therefore, the health and well-being of your companies — and your own mental and physical health — are all intertwined.

So, all you strong women out there, please take care of yourselves. As they say, “The world will see you the way you see yourself, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”

Born To Lead