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Wild Entrepreneurs Don’t Get The Blues

We are all busy entrepreneurs.

Yet we all come from different places, have different dreams and have varying degrees of health, or lack of it. I know several among our number that suffer from both diagnosed and sub-clinical levels of depression . That is, while they may or may not be actually diagnosed as depressed , they intermittently suffer from the ability to jump into action on a marketing plan or to network easily with their fellow entrepreneurs.

This lack of action and involvement is often perceived as laziness or lack of resolution. In fact, most people suffering from these diagnosed or sub-clinical maladies retract frequently into episodes of low self-esteem and self-judgment that further hinder their ability to take effective action.

This syndrome is only exacerbated when they are cast among characters who seemingly have no limit to their enthusiasm and action-oriented, full steam ahead marketing campaigns.

Najla Husseini, in a Vanderbilt University paper titled “Exercise and Depression” (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/exercise_and_depression.htm), cites many studies that relate the benefits of exercise for the depressed. Neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and beta-endorphins are increased during exercise, leading many to the euphoria knows commonly as “runner’s high”. Whether or not you are depressed, then, exercise is certainly a great benefit to all of us busy-to-the-bones entrepreneurs.

So take time from your tasks, get out of your chair each day and get a little wild: run, swim, lift weights, walk. Do what you can within your specific abilities and/or limitations.

Discuss your exercise protocol with your doctor to be sure you are working out safely. In any case, don’t get too wild: Husseini’s article cites at least one source indicating that mild forms of exercise are typically more beneficial than more aggressive forms which… go figure… are stressful in their physical over-reach.

While exercise is not considered a treatment for depression at any level, it certainly appears to be a mood and self-esteem enhancer that could be pivotal to the entrepreneur suffering from depression. Even if you are not suffering from these maladies, exercise is still a natural mood enhancer that can leave you feeling more energetic and up to the challenges of running your business or enterprise. It seems especially beneficial to infuse techniques such as visualization, controlled breathing and deep stretching while exercising. I personally find it a great time to focus on affirmations that I am currently working with.

If you think that this is a problem not warranting your serious consideration, Husseini points out that one of five people suffer from depression at one time or another. You are, therefore, likely to encounter people among your teammates, clients and fellow entrepreneurs who suffer from one form of depression or another. It would be good to withhold judgment, and approach them with patience and empathy. Depressed entrepreneurs can, in fact, be as successful as the prolific author William Styron who describes the depth of this problem in his short but eye-opening book, “Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness”.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
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16 Responses to Wild Entrepreneurs Don’t Get The Blues

  1. jean January 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Hi David,
    great information
    thank you so much for sharing

  2. Beth Allen January 10, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Your blog is looking good, David!

    Thank you for posting on this important topic. My background is in personal training, and I have seen lives do a complete 180 due to exercise, and I would add, nutrition.

    It’s hard to start much of anything when you’re depressed (I know, I suffered from depression in my teenage years), so in the beginning it might be something you just have to force yourself to do. But it is SO important that you do whatever it takes to get the routine in place. I think you just inspired my video post for today as well! Thanks! 🙂

    I look forward to more posts!

  3. Krista Abbott January 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Good reminders on the importance of unplugging ourselves from our business to get in some good self care through exercise. I agree physical activity is important. It stimulates us, gets the blood flowing, clears our thoughts and enhances our focus. I find I work much better when I am invigorated though physical activity. Keep the good info coming!

  4. Kellie Frazier January 12, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Important information David. Thank you for pointing out that there is more to life than just work. 🙂 The 8 critical steps in caring for your health, (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual) are also of great value in keeping depression at bay and I’ll be posting that in my next blog post. Keep up the great work David your blog is looking great!

    Kellie Frazier
    dot com

  5. Theresa Moss January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Dave,

    You are so right about excercise. Expecially in this industry where many of us work from home, I know I sometimes go hours and hours in the same spot, and I have to get up and go for a walk. It not only gets the blood moving, but it stimulates ideas as well, and can absolutely fight off negative thoughts. Great post

  6. Kimberly Castleberry January 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I have to say, as someone that has dealt with depression myself, when I started reading your article, I groaned internally, expecting the usual hype. However you delivered remarkably! You gave incredibly solid well thought out advice that doesn’t devalue anyone. Its content like that that demonstrates your strong leadership abilities!

    Exercise is even CLINICALLY recommended these days because the simple fact is, in many cases, it works FAR better than medications. I can certainly attest to that. And… I can attest as well to how hard the advice can be to take when all you want to do is curl up with a pillow! Thanks for the great reminder!

  7. Irene Sharon Hodes January 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Great article. You know, I would think that entrepreneurs would be a little more prone to mild depression, often needing to work on projects without the benefit of large teams, picking up and starting on their own, etc. Motivating yourself isn’t always easy. I think an exercise regimen, really sticking to one, helps enormously. On busy days, sometimes it takes every drop of will I have to pull myself off the computer and even take a walk.
    Great advice! Thanks!

  8. Cindy Springsteen January 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    What excellent information you have provided. I especially liked about the depression issue. This is very true especially with a lot of issues todays familys are going through with the economy people could be depressed. Thanks for sharing this information!

  9. Jennifer Hart January 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi David,
    This is a great post that shows us how a simple thing as exercising can create a big difference in our lives and carry through to our business success. For me, doing different types of exercise keeps me engaged. Whether it’s running, yoga, dancing or…Wii (yes my family got me into this new video fitness program w/ Wii that is so fun!) I always feel better when I exercise. Thank u for sharing!

  10. Adrian saiz January 23, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Hey – nice blog, just looking around some websites, seems a really nice platform you are using. I’m currently using WordPress for a few of my websites but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?

  11. Julianna Brower February 2, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    So true! I take a mid day break and have a run, it energizes me to come back fresh!
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..How Do You Crush It In Social Media? =-.

  12. Mary Lou February 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Thank you, David, for posting this info about depression and the benefits of exercise. I have found exercise to be an incredible solution to all sorts of things, but especially for long hours in front of the computer!

    William Styron’s book you mentioned is excellent; so compelling and raw. He wrote honestly about his struggles and this book can help people understand how crippling depression truly is for some people, that it isn’t just something they can “snap out of.”
    .-= Mary Lou´s last blog ..Olympic Lessons =-.

  13. Kira Hoogendoorn May 13, 2010 at 3:06 am #

    I must say you have a cool post. This hit the spot and then some! Thanks for posting this and sharing it with the world. I’ve just bookmarked your site. And I will check back soon to read your other articles. Keep up your awesome work.

  14. Arlan Murata September 14, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Dave: Yes, we need to be wild – laugh, love, dance, sing and get out. A 15 second belly laugh out loud (BLOL) break 2X a day will improve your health. Try it!

  15. Mandy Allen June 12, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Hi David, I love to get up and go outside when I’m working, the fresh air revitalises me and will always lift my spirits if I’m feeling overwhelmed or down at any time.

    Enjoy the journey!
    Mandy Allen´s last blog post ..Do You Want To Make Money From Writing?


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