In the last few months, mental health has especially come into the spotlight in the financial services industry.
We’re all feeling it. The uncertainty, the change, the rebuilding can feel like a daily challenge and for me personally, I’m struggling.
Being an over thinker, I find it really difficult to switch my mind off. It’s constantly on the business and the industry, in addition to juggling raising a young family, it recently became unbearable and my reaction is to make drastic changes to find relief.
A few years ago, I was going through something similar. In these times I tend to make ‘knee jerk’ decisions in an attempt to find relief, if only temporary. My answer was to sell the business for a bargain basement price of just 25% of its actual value, just to get rid of it. With a buyer ready to sign, at the 11th hour a good friend and mentor of mine talked me out of it.
Phew. Bullet dodged.
That was 3 years ago and being back in a similar mental state, I reflect on my past decisions and remember one of my favourite phrases “the night is always darkest just before the dawn”.
So I’m keeping my decisions small and simple for now. Nothing life changing or irreversible. Focusing my energy on the things that bring me joy and peace. Getting outside in the sun, going for a swim, playing with play doh, baking, puzzles and simply expressing gratitude.
Be kind to yourself.
Take a breath and focus on the things you love and bring you happiness.
Remember, nothing needs to be done right now, including any major decision making. Let’s just ride this wave together and come out wiser once the dust settles.