Career Change pt. 2: Overcoming Obstacles and Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Starting up a new career, and in some of our cases – a new business – can be really hard on an individual. It’s hard on anyone but when you’re also dealing with a not-so-great mental illness, it can be even more tough. Doing it with others is tough and doing it alone is tough, too. No matter what you’re doing in your new career path, there are going to be obstacles and overcoming them will be a challenge.

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A major career change challenge is realizing that not everyone is honest with their intentions. Saying something is completely different from actually acting out and doing it. When you’re someone like me whose intentions are to act on what you’ve said, it can be difficult to accept that other people don’t have the pure intentions that you do. Needless to say, it can take a major blow to your mental health. Even if you aren’t someone who gets anxious often or doesn’t suffer from clinical anxiety or depression, this can still play with your mind.

If you haven’t caught on yet, today we’re really going to focus on being the strongest individual you can possibly be while changing your career or starting up your business whether it be alone or with partners. I’m personally starting my business alone so most of my lessons on these career segments will be what I learn working alone. Regardless of what you’re doing, we need to have a clear end goal and keep re-adjusting those goals, especially when something doesn’t go according to plan.

Beginning of April, my then lash artist and supposed to be lash mentor told me she’d hire me at her studio, train me and help me. As each visit to the studio for my own appointments went by, my gut told me more and more that it wasn’t going to happen and her actions were proving my gut right. I knew by mid-may that I needed to create a new goal. I was re-adjusting (a common theme from my last post).

My first goal was to get education in the lash world, work under someone whose work I trusted and loved and then start up my own business a year later, when my contract was over. Pretty simple, right? I thought so. But I quickly learned that I have to take other people’s promises with a grain of salt. I never expected to have anything paid for, it was offered so it was a bit of a bummer when I had to dig myself further in debt but the more I invested in myself, the better I felt about my journey.

As much as this person’s actions made me feel a bit sick from so much anxiety, silly, sad and mad all at the same time, I decided to look at the positives of it all. I decided that I wasn’t going to allow it to let me spiral into more panic attacks than it already had. Those of you who suffer greatly from those understand how hard it can be to get control of them. So instead of looking at this as a curse, I looked at it as a blessing. There is no greater feeling than investing in something you strongly believe in and want to do. Is it terrifying? Absolutely! But in this life, the greatest investment you will make is in yourself. Your relationships, your health and your career(s).

So in my current journey, that will have to have been the biggest roadblock so far. I actually consider myself lucky for that. I learned an important lesson and I was able to remember that taking care of myself during it all is important. It’s important for everyone.

Building your own business or looking to venture into a new field of work is absolute chaos sometimes. It can definitely get the best of you if you don’t take care of yourself. That’s why learning to take people’s promises and even their nasty words, with a grain of salt. Taking some time out of your days and weeks to pamper yourself is absolutely key.

Pampering doesn’t have to mean face masks, teas or expensive purchases (unless these things are your thing, keep doing it!!). It can also be watching your favourite show on Netflix, reading a good book, going for walks, meeting up with friends and family or going on a hike. The possibilities are endless.

The best thing to remember to take care of yourself and your mental health during a career change is to keep doing things that feed your soul. Nourish your mind, body and soul and it will take care of you back.