Isolation doesn’t have to be a fact of your entrepreneurial life! Here are 4 ways you can stop feeling lonely right now.
It feels good to run your own show… But it can be lonely at the top.
Loneliness is a common problem for entrepreneurs, though we often don’t like to talk about it. However, if left unchecked, it can take a serious toll on our physical and mental health.
Even if you have a fantastic team of employees, you’re often still alone at the helm of your organization. When you’re a leader, the long hours and single-minded focus that comes with pursuing your dreams can leave you wondering whether you’re living in a bubble all by yourself.
But isolation doesn’t have to be a fact of your entrepreneurial life. Here’s how to banish isolation and get back to feeling good…
Write It Down
Sometimes you just need to get your feelings out of your head. Don’t know who to call? No big deal – start by putting your feelings on paper. As you dump your feelings into a journal, the act of writing can feel surprisingly therapeutic. Meanwhile, gathering your thoughts during your writing session can also be helpful for gaining perspective. And later, you can leaf through your journals to find out just how much you’ve grown. (You might be amazed at how far you’ve come.)
As business owners, it can be a little too easy to spend our days working in isolation. While we may not miss those mandatory staff meetings, a traditional work setting does provide ample opportunities to socialize. Since working alone doesn’t naturally provide these opportunities, you’ll have to step out of your everyday grind to meet new people. Look around your area for chances to connect with other business owners. You likely won’t have to look far to find networking events. Get out there and make some new connections with like-minded people!
Running your own business doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Seek out another business owner — preferably a Business BFF — that you can confide in. We all need a few fellow entrepreneurs that we can connect with on a regular basis. If you’re feeling isolated, why not email or call an entrepreneurially inclined friend? Schedule a lunch or coffee so you can reconnect.
Prioritize Your Relationships
We’ve talked a lot about connecting with other business owners, but it’s always important to spend time with your loved ones, too. Whether they are friends, a spouse, your kids, your pets, or some other special person in your life, don’t forget to make time for them every day. Forget your work for a moment and focus your time and energy on those you love. Your cup will fill up from time spent with the people who care about you.
No matter how driven you are in business, you’re also still human, and every one of us needs the sense of balance and meaning that comes from fostering emotional connections with those around us.
After working on something big and exciting for days or weeks, you might look up and realize that you’ve isolated yourself from the rest of the world. And that’s when an unpleasant sense of isolation can creep in.
If you’re feeling lonely, you can do a few simple things to reconnect with others and reorient your focus. You’ll soon be able to manage the feeling of isolation and regain a feeling of fulfillment during your entrepreneurial journey.
About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO
Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.
She loves LEAP because:
A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.