Dear Entrepreneur,

Stress—that’s a word you’ll know too well. There will be too many tasks to do, in very little time, and this will drive you crazy, and most likely lead to a lack of self-care. So many things will not work as planned, and you’ll find yourself, often than normal, forgoing opportunities to have fun and make useful personal connections, because all you’ll do is work or thinking about work.

Shocker! Entrepreneurial life is full of stress.

The truth is that you’ll be sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated, financially constrained, and with little to no emphasis on self-care, fun, and exercise. The craziness of entrepreneurship has led many of us into substance abuse and an addiction to numbing tendencies, such as eating disorders.

Under pressure, fueled with consecutive disappointments, any of us suffer from mental health issues because we often want to do it alone—we feel discomfort having to rely on others or to acknowledge our limitations. So, we take matters into our own hands and decide to figure things out by ourselves, and fast forward many years later, we are still in the process of figuring things out.

There’s no shame in admitting that you need other people. Nothing great is ever accomplished alone.

With love,