Karan Singh remembers the lack of sleep, losing touch with family and friends, and knocking his health down the list of personal priorities as he hustled in the early 2010s to launch his mental health startup.
The old adage of misery loves company is no truer than in the entrepreneurial startup culture, where company founders live, eat, and breath their ideas, often to the detriment of their physical and mental health.
“What it came down to was I struggled to balance,” said Singh, MBA ’11, co-founder and developer of Ginger, an on-demand mental health company that provides virtual support to its clients’ employees 24/7, 365 days a year.
Here are a few techniques for entrepreneurs that Singh learned from finding his balance while he launched a company: It’s important to have someone who you can share your thoughts and concerns with, Singh said, because being an entrepreneur is often difficult and lonely.
Having the tools to sustain your mental health — such as checking your ego and having someone to talk to — allows you to see more clearly, Singh said.