Running a small business can be a lonely place, with the ultimate responsibility for the business and its employees resting generally with you as a small business owner...
Working for yourself can be lonely and isolating, which is why our friends at the Federation of Small Businesses have put together a guide which explains what loneliness is, how you can manage it, and where you can find more support.
There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. Some people are very content with very little interaction with other people, whilst others may not be. Loneliness is often described as the feeling generated when our need for social interaction and relationships is not met. Some people find they still feel lonely despite having a lot of social contacts and this is thought to stem from feelings of not being valued or understood by those they are in contact with.
Loneliness is not in itself a mental illness but it can have a negative effect on mental wellbeing, particularly over long periods. It can lead to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-worth.
It can be caused by life events such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement, or redundancy. Alternatively, personal circumstances may be the cause, for example, mobility problems, ethnic minority, sexual orientation, and health vulnerabilities.
Remember, everyone is different and different things work for different people at different times. These ideas may not suit everyone and it’s important to take things slowly, gradually try things, and avoid putting pressure on yourself.
You can find the full FSB guide here.
Running a small business can be a lonely place, with the ultimate responsibility for the business and its employees resting generally with you as a small business owner…
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