Running your own business can be a challenge in more ways than one—something that Rochelle knows all too well.

At 50, Rochelle has experienced mental health issues all her life.

As a low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy coach and a former mental health coach at Beyond Blue’s New Access Program, Rochelle’s exploration of self-understanding has taught her a tip or two about managing her mental health and trauma.

She’s also a qualified practitioner of neurolinguistic programming, a trained performance coach, and has studied transactional analysis communication coaching—combining her lived experience with solid clinical knowledge.

Copywriters running a business can experience:

  • Isolation
  • Overwhelm
  • Comparisonitis
  • Disconnectedness

Rochelle’s tips: What can we do?
Awareness and mindfulness.

  • Be aware of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling (anxiety symptoms include sweating, heart rate increase, restlessness, etc).
  • Remember that you don’t need to react straight away. Calm down, take a deep breath, and then decide what to do next.
  • When you notice yourself in that moment of overwhelm, your self-doubt, ask yourself where is that coming from?

Action: Get up, step away from the computer, and do something different. Get outside, go, and have a coffee. Giving yourself that moment to clear your mind can make a world of difference.

Remember: The way out of a negative feeling is a positive decision followed by action.

It might take some time to settle the feeling at first.

Don’t attach your sense of self-worth to the behaviour of another person.

Whether it’s a client, your family, your friends, or your boss, remember: your self-worth does not come from another’s actions of behaviour.

And often, we can get attached to how other’s behaviours can make us feel.

Have your own back, always.

When to get help:

There’s a difference between feeling a bit anxious and repeating the behaviour as a pattern.

If it’s affecting your ability to get up in the morning, your relationships, or your day-to-day functioning, then you may have a problem.

Unfortunately, the nature of anxiety and depression is that we feel anxious about reaching out for help and we start to practice avoidance behaviours.

If the feelings are lingering and you can’t distract yourself, you can’t sleep, your eating habits change, and you no longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy, please seek psychological help.

It’s true: feelings do pass. Let them happen, and live it. But if you’re having extreme emotions all the time, that’s a sign you should seek help.

Q. How do you know when you’re avoiding something out of fear versus avoiding it because it is not good for you?
A. When you can learn from the experience.

Contact Rochelle with your questions: Rochelle@brightwrites.com.au

Categories: Health and Wellbeing, People

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