Updated: Aug 4, 2021
On May 31, 2021 Naomi Oasaka announced that she will be withdrawing from Wimbledon to take a well needed mental health break. July 27, 2021 Simone Biles withdraws from Olympic Women’s Gymnastics all around team finals and won’t be competing for individuals due to the twisties in her words her mind and body are not connected. Today Tuesday August 3, 2021 Simone performed on the balance beam and won Bronze. Even if she didn't compete I am super proud of her.
I honestly don’t understand why, but there have been controversial discussions had about both women withdrawing due to mentalh health concerns WHY??
There is no doubt that these women did the right thing for them, PERIODT! Regardless of being an athlete, celebrity, White or Black we ALLLL!!! ARE HUMAN. We are individuals who lead lives outside of what we do for a living, the pressure to win to be great is something is expected of them and when they don’t perform at their best it is criticized immediately, us regular citizens of the world tend to have the opportunity to take care of our mental out of the public eye.
On July 10, 2021 I decided to take a break from my side hustle, and it was a very difficult choice to make. When I started my LLC in 2016 I didn’t realize just how hard it would be to start a business and get people to hear you, and see you. For five (5) years I have been a non-stop content creator for emerging entrepreneurs, and most recently I’ve been a content creator in the area of women’s health as I share my journey with endometriosis and surgical menopause. This year I hit a wall, a huge brick one and I realized that just needed to stop.
The rule of social media and online businesses are:
· Be consistent
· Be authentic
· Post daily
· Video get more reach and more engagement
· Always have a call to action
· Put links in your bio
· Hire a business coach
· Have a short bio… and the list goes on
There are so many rules to keep in mind that sometimes it can drain a person which is what happened to me. I felt like I was moving like a robot, posting to post without purpose. One day I was praying and asking God for direction because I know my heart is to encourage, but also give women the tools to live on purpose with purpose. During my prayer and meditation time God said it’s time for a break because I got off track with Him, I hadn’t been devoting time in bible study, or prayer and this was the reason I had been running on fumes trying to create content.
The world we live in today is all about the hustle, retiring at 30 or 40, securing the bag, purchasing your first home in your 20’s, living your best life etc.. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with setting goals and creating expectations, but one thing we must remember is we can’t control life. When you rely on yourself you will burn out quickly, which is why it is important to:
· Always consult with God before you do anything
· Seek professional counseling
· Give yourself one or two days out of the week that you just have fun nothing work related
· If you stop having fun remember your why
· Prayer and meditation
· Read a self-help or entertainment book
· Give yourself permission to feel
Although I am uncertain as to when my break will end, and if I am returning to the entrepreneurial world, but what I do know is God is in control. There is no shame in acknowledging mental health challenges protect yourself no matter what others may think.