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June 05, 2019 2 min read

Self-care has been on trend for some time. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high in North American societies, and in retaliation, we’ve responded with toxic positivity, repressed emotions and infuriating quotes like “hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring”.

Hammering quotes into our heads and adopting blinders to our own realities, will only push us into walls we can’t get around. It’s why “escapism” is a behavior we need to pay attention to. Things like working unhealthy hours, binge drinking/ drug usage, and even time spent at the gym are things we need to moderate. So we put together a couple of useful, tangible things to consider in order to live a happier, healthier life:

1. Exercise Boundaries

Stop agreeing to everything because youcan and start to look at your time as currency. You do not owe your time to everyone. Keep from burning out by spending time with people who build you up - or people you actually enjoy being around - instead of acquaintances or old friends you feel an obligation towards.  

Burnout happens when you have difficulty recharging. Without taking some time for yourself, you’re headed in that direction. The cost? Often a lot more than we can afford. Shopify put together a really great article about the “Cost of Entrepreneurship” - but it doesn’t only apply to entrepreneurs. It applies to every hardworking achiever, looking to better their quality of life. Check it outhere.

 

2. Find a Passion

Without passion, your life is just working and sleeping. The commercialization of passion has turned the ability to channel the source of a powerful energy, into a commodity. We hear terms like your “why” thrown around in MLM networks - but it’s commonplace in our everyday language as well. Building your brand commercializes the intimate details of our lives - which can be very efficient for connecting to potential networks and clients, but also cheapens the impact these passions can have. On that note ...

 

3. Reconsider Your Definition of Networking

If every interaction we have can be attributed to networking, we leave no space for meaningful relationships that actually build us up. Sure, every interaction is transactional. Your partner provides certain things you require and vice versa which is why a healthy relationship is mutually beneficial - but if your mind consciously considers what you are getting out of it, the literal rewards you can glean from human interaction, are denigrated. So when you make your Friday night plans, think about what youactually want to do - instead of weighing the categorical benefits. Your questions shouldn’t always be “will this get me x.” Sometimes, ask yourself if you’ll find fulfillment.

 

For more resources on improving your quality of life, mental health and the price of both, check out the links below:


https://www.forbes.com/sites/iese/2013/09/04/quality-of-life-everyone-wants-it-but-what-is-it/

https://www.inc.com/magazine/201309/jessica-bruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/male-depression/art-20046216


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