How My Small Business Saved Me
By: Alba Morales
In 2017, I started feeling like I never had. Loneliness, sadness, lots of crying, among other things, were present almost daily. Earlier that same year, I had finally decided to leave my fears behind and open my small business. I researched every little detail and did everything I needed to open my online boutique. That year was supposed to be full of accomplishments.
Although I tried to make it work, shortly after opening my business, I gave up. Depression and anxiety were preventing me from moving forward. In early 2020, I decided to focus on my business again, and it’s a decision that changed my life. My mental health was way worse than when I first closed my boutique, but I needed something to distract me from my thoughts. Focusing on my business helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Instead of wanting to be in bed and not do anything, I pushed myself to get up and brainstorm ideas. Instead of crying until I ran out of tears, I decided to start working on my website. My boutique was the focus of my time and energy. Although any new business journey is difficult, I was just thankful I could find myself again. The fact that I was motivated made me feel like I had already won this battle.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Although it is imperative to get professional help, we can find additional ways to cope with our mental health. Focusing on my business helped me keep my mind busy and, ultimately, played a huge role in overcoming my depression. Here are three things I did to help me turn negative thoughts into productivity for my business.
1- Write down daily goals
Small goals are usually more effective because they are easier to achieve. Write down at least one or two things you want to do the next day, no matter how small they are. By doing this consistently, you will accomplish at least 5 to ten goals a week.
2- The Internet is your best friend
There is so much information available online. Take your free time to research everything about your niche, business tips, marketing ideas, social media trends, etc. Then take the time to put into practice what you’ve learned.
3- Be your greatest cheerleader
Although some people or circumstances may discourage you, it is crucial to believe in your business or idea. When you know what you’re capable of, you want to show that to the world. Remember the main goal and keep working hard to get there. Seeing your hard work paying off will keep you motivated.
Alba Morales’ Bio
Alba is the owner of Lady In Pink Boutique, an online boutique that caters to regular and plus-size women. Upon launching her boutique, Alba was featured in Univision and has dressed multiple TV personalities in Puerto Rico, her homeland. Besides working in her boutique, Alba enjoys spending quality time with her son and family, cooking, and live music.