With 82% of entrepreneurs feeling overwhelmed by the stress of running their business, the UK’s founders have taken to the streets together to blow out the January-blues and improve mental wellbeing.
Entrepreneurs are getting together to run along the banks of the Thames in support of founder mental wellbeing. This is multi-tasking done right; squeezing in some much-needed exercise into the busy start-up schedule, whilst embarking on supportive positive chat about the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial rollercoaster.
According to a recent UK study1 conducted by 3Sixty a new social-impact initiative to fuel positive founder mental-health, 79% of entrepreneurs feel lonely running their business and a lack of emotional support is leaving 4 out of 5 new business owners feeling overwhelmed.
These challenges do not deter UK business owners though, with 93% glad they are an entrepreneur and 91% driven by passion for making difference. Instead they’re finding creative ways to cope with the stress. FitFounder group runs and peer-to-peer support Circles were set up by 3Sixty after 84% of entrepreneurs sought support and learning from their fellow founders.
New social-impact initiative 3Sixty is creating these safe environments where founders can get support. 3Sixty co-founder Christina Richardson comments; “Part of the challenge with entrepreneurship is the perception that we should all be ‘great’ all of the time. But that’s often not the reality and it’s certainly not healthy to pretend that it is. It can fuel self-doubt and quash motivation. We want our founders to thrive – not just survive.”
“In the UK –particularly in these uncertain times – we depend upon new businesses and enterprise to boost our economy, create wealth and provide jobs, but the pressure for new founders can be very high. The cost of living continues to increase and the speed at which founders need to show success is getting tighter as credit lines and external investment becomes harder to come by. We are supporting this vital work by providing founders with a safe environment to problem-solve with their peers. We want to fuel entrepreneurs to their best, most effective selves.”