mental health

Mental Health and Business

This morning our Business Mastermind group met to have a conversation about something that even we as good friends avoid. Mental Health.

We don’t want to be seen as weak or broken. We sweep it under the rug and try to power through it – whether it’s addiction to food, drugs, gambling, or shopping, anxiety and depression, or bipolar disorder.

A pharmacist friend of mine once estimated that 80% of the medicine she dispensed was for mental health issues. It affects so many people.

mental healthI asked my Business Mastermind group for permission to share, not their stories, but our conversation about moving forward. Three questions kept resurfacing in.

1 – Do you expect yourself to always operate at 100%?

We don’t presume other people are perfect, but why is it we expect ourselves to be superhuman? Never sick. Always productive. Forever kind.

2 – Is the guilt too much?

I read somewhere that healthy guilt is supposed to be a twinge to let us know to make a new decision. It’s not supposed to be a weight we carry. It’s such a waste of energy.

3 – Why is looking after yourself so damn hard?

I wish self-care was about spa days, but that’s not the core of it. It’s green smoothies and eating less sugar. It’s walking or working out when you don’t want to. It’s going to bed early because you’re tired. It’s saying no when someone wants you to say yes. It’s teaching people (and yourself!) that you are not available for work 24/7. It’s sharing your story. It’s asking for help. From a friend. From a counsellor. From a hotline.

Starting Monday, I’m going on a walk breaks with a friend from the Mastermind group. What one little tiny change will you make this week to look after yourself and your mental health?

Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP is a Training and Performance Consultant who delivers customized business communications and leadership programs that produce measurable results. Learn more at

Saint John Community Mental Health Services 658-3737 or 
Saint John Mobile Crisis Service at 1-888-811-3664





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