Separating self from startup: Founders open up about how to manage your mental health in the stressful business world

People working in startups and small businesses are disproportionately at risk of depression and anxiety. But when everyone is sharing stories of million-dollar funding rounds, big-name backers and revenue booms, there’s not a lot of space left for talking about the potential personal costs of running a business. When founders push themselves to burnout, it can have a negative effect on performance. Angela Henderson, a mental health clinician and business consultant, says when small business owners “become obsessed with their business”, they often start making careless mistakes. She knows of one case where those mistakes translated to a string of bad reviews. So what can you do to look after yourself, as well as your business? SmartCompany asked some founders for their tips on maintaining mental wellbeing.

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