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369: How To Stay Mentally Healthy In A Startup

In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about mental health and how to stay mentally healthy while you are building a startup.

When you’re building a startup, staying mentally healthy is really important. Way too many entrepreneurs try to be strong and save face when circumstances are bad and this can lead to depression or worse.

Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten on the importance of mental health, best practices to stay mentally healthy in a startup, what you need to do, what to avoid doing and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:49 About today’s topic.

01:20 Why this topic was chosen.

01:51 Why you should seek help if things are looking really bad.

02:04 Best practices to stay mentally healthy in a startup.

02:39 How things change constantly in the startup world.

03:29 Why having awareness of your emotions, your mood, and your feelings is the goal.

04:10 The importance of self-awareness.

04:48 The need for self-improvement.

05:59 An example of being self-aware.

06:54 One of the hardest things for founders to do.

3 Key Points:

If you’re in a really terrible place emotionally seek help.

Having awareness of your emotions, your mood and your feelings is the goal.

In the startup world, things can change constantly.



Steli Efti: Hey everybody. This is-



Hiten Shah: Shit.



Steli Efti: Steli Efti . I love that I recorded this.



Hiten Shah: K.



Steli Efti: Because, what is said before I hit recording was, "All right. Let's record the next episode, Hiten, mental health," and I hit the record button. As I was introing Hiten is like, "Shit." I love that raw moment. All right. So, today we're going to talk about mental health, and how to stay mentally healthy while you are starting a startup. Hiten, bless us with your genius and your wisdom. What is everything I need to do-



Hiten Shah: This is the startup chat.



Steli Efti: There you go. This is-



Hiten Shah: This is the startup chat. We don't know anything about this. Aw, man.



Steli Efti: How do I stay sane in a startup? What do I have to do? What do I have to avoid. I mean, I feel like we've recorded a lot of episodes that relate to this. Right? The emotional side, the mental side of things, but I wanted to do a quick episode on this. I'm not sure if you want to talk about the more serious cases of mental health. I surely don't. I mean, I'm interested in it, but I don't feel like I have an authority or confidence and experience to talk about real depression, clinical mental health, other than, if you're in a terrible place emotionally, seek help, and seek professional help. I think way too many of us, especially entrepreneurs, are trying to be strong, save face, and it becomes a very lonely place. I don't want to talk about the most severe cases of this, but staying mentally healthy is I think a real priority and a real threat in a startup. I know that you and I have a lot of experience personally, and with a lot of our friends, and people that we work with. What are some things that come to your mind in terms of best practices to stay mentally healthy in a startup?



Hiten Shah: Oh, man. I don't think you get the luxury of always feeling sane if you're going to do a startup or run a business. The one reason I'll say is because most of us, I think all of us don't really grow up being built for it. As a kid, you're there to have fun, you're going to get educated, you're going to go to school, people tell you what time to show up. You're not dealing with change. Literally, in a startup or a business,


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