Wednesday, 20 May 2015
4 Reasons Why All Company Owners Should Consider Therapy
By Private Therapy Clinic
In 2008 the UK was plunged into a steep economic crisis and unsurprisingly to this day the fallout remains with us. It goes without saying that the outcome for many was devastating, but for some it opened up new opportunities and a chance to start again.
A peculiar byproduct of the recession (or more specifically, the absence of jobs) has been an exponential growth in numbers of people deciding to start their own business. That’s a lot of new entrepreneurs and a lot of people taking on responsibilities they never had before.
‘Therapy’ is a word often reserved for when talking about those suffering a range of mental illnesses but this doesn’t reflect reality. In actual fact, therapy can be an excellent way to keep stress at bay.
If you understand that a morning jog can help keep you fit and healthy, you won’t have trouble understanding why therapy is great for a healthy mind. Here are four reasons why business owners should consider it:
Burnout & Exhaustion
Whilst the successes of running a business make it a positive mental experience, many business owners won’t accept that they’re not superhuman. Unless you’re willing and able to demonstrate your ability to move solid objects with brain power alone, chances are you need to be mindful of overworking yourself.
Therapy can help you understand when you’re reaching this point or if you’re there already there. If you’re working 20 hours a day and can’t see an issue, you should get an external opinion.
When your car comes out of the garage following a repair, you’ll always find the mechanic showing you what not to do next time so that the problem doesn’t reoccur. The human brain is a little more complex than a gearbox but that doesn’t stop us being able to practice techniques that keep our mind healthy.
Therapy is something that can help us to help ourselves, it’s certainly not a one-way street.
Support and Perspective
Nobody is happy to see Paul from marketing leave the team, but you know you had to ask for his resignation. In business we have to make tough decisions and some of those will have a direct impact on somebody’s life. Compassion and empathy are two reasons why you may blame yourself for making a tough, but necessary decision.
Therapy can help you see things from a different perspective and help you realise that even though you had to dismiss a loved member of the team, it meant everybody else’s positions were made more secure.
This is perhaps a direct consequence of the three points above, but giving yourself a pillar of support with therapy can have a significant effect on productivity which in turn influences the bottom line.
It’s important to make a distinction between heavy workloads and the responsibilities carried by Directors. Workload is stressful enough, but combine this with decision-making responsibilities, the natural ‘constant-worry’ all Directors are familiar with and the fact that every problem is ultimately down to you to solve and it goes without saying that this is a role often filled by those with a Type A personality. The rigid organisation, status-conscious nature of Type A individuals translates into high stress levels and increased potential for serious conditions such as heart failure. The reality is, our psychological health and physical health are not mutually exclusive and in the words of Dr Ian Walton, GP and Chair of Mental Health charity Primhe “the only way to separate mind from body is with an axe”.
Therapy is never a cost, but rather an investment, and a good one at that.