The Business Bible met with Young Entrepreneur and Multi-Award winner Jack Parsons, who agreed to write  his experiences and feedback on the trials of running a Start-Up business whilst looking after your Mental Health

Over the last three years, I’ve been lucky enough to establish a meaningful network and reach. This has been no easy task and putting yourself out there publicly can drain time, energy and focus.

I’m currently reaching around 10.3 million people across all platforms organically a month with that comes a lot of request, conversation and noise. I remember just before taking a break that I have 542 message request to meet.

The fact is that I’m a very forward and positive character but I started to suffer with a lot of stress, became very anxious and other symptoms you would suggest would trigger when having ill-mental health at the start of 2018 after investors and a co-founder in my previous business lost faith and hope in what we was trying to do and very short sighted by short-term issues which I had no control over.

I knew I needed to get space, my mental health started to get worse and my positive character didn’t want to continue anymore.

I said I would change things in my life and I would go away for a couple of months to find myself, look after my health and understand what I really wanted.

Young Digital Leader (2017)

I needed to find a new environment, I needed to find a way I would get better and focus on my life mission to help young people.

It just came very clear that I needed to start making small changes.

In that period I did the following:

  • I had a digital detox from social media
  • I changed my number
  • I moved closer to work in Mayfair
  • I started to make healthier choices with food
  • I stopped drinking coffee (it make me very anxious)
  • I replaced reading social media post to reading books

Working in a startup and running the business while having a personal brand is very hard to step away and zone out because we are dealing with people, conversation.

Working in a startup you really need to have a strong mind to focus and a great understanding on how people work. Stepping half foot in and out of the recruitment sector now I have been able to diversity my network over the last 3 years I see the missing link and how the industry is looked down on but has so much to showcase and that really makes me sad.

Running a Startup Business and being all things to all people is difficult to navigate

Everyone needs “me time” this should be part of your every week routine. I highly recommend this to anyone.

Employers need to support employees to take time out however I first thing there is a bridge we need to build on why it’s important to take time out.

My final tips to leave you with for talking a digital detox would be:

  1. Understand why you are taking the digital detox.

  2. Designate tech-free hours at work.

  3. Make your bedroom a no-tech zone when you get home.

  4. Meet people face to face.

  5. Read a book instead.

  6. Go for long walks and leave your phone at home

Jack Parsons
Chief Executive Officer
Big Youth Group

https://www.bigyouthgroup.com/