Defeating Corona Virus Lockdown Anxiety And Gaining Productivity And Joy – A Guide For Entrepreneurs And Creatives

Are you scared of the implications of the corona virus on your financial wellbeing?

I am shit scared too. But panic does not help. I thought I share some old basic steps that have been relevant in many cases before.

The steps are relevant even in this pandemic.

Entrepreneurs are majorly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. Most of us do have large cash reserves to ride out the idle time in our businesses.

South Africa (my country) is on a 21 days lockdown. All none essential businesses are closed.

To give a personal example, one of my businesses is a publishing company and our sales are largely from print books (ebooks are still at infancy in SA). We will have no print sales as bookstores are closed.

This post is not about what each business can do tactically but about the basic principled steps that can be taken to reduce the anxiety.

The steps are taken from my fifth book ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur.’

[By the way, THE ANXIOUS ENTREPRENEUR book is on a $0.99 sale on Amazon for the duration of the lockdown https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa – including all my other 4 books]

STEPS TO TAKE TO ALLEVIATE ANXIETY CAUSED BY COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND CREATIVES

The subtitle of ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur’ book is ‘Anxiety Defeats Creativity – Creativity Defeats Anxiety.’

It means that we cannot be creative and anxious at the same time.

Anxiety and creativity do not reside in the same zone. You cannot be anxious and creative at the same time.

You have to let the one go, and you know which one that is.

WHY? When you are overly anxious, you become a nuisance and spam to potential clients. You are frustrated. You are not thinking straight. You haven’t thoughtfully considered what the value to the other person is.

WHAT TO DO

The mind is a muscle and a tool. If it ponders in the direction of anxiety, it will get stronger in that direction. So, stop it before it goes further.

**Don’t try to be creative or productive. Relax

If you are anxious right now, go sleep.  Watch a movie. Well in South Africa you cannot take a walk. The lockdown regulations prohibit it. Pace around your yard. Listen to music.

Don’t do anything creative or productive. Be entertained. Sleep is entertaining. Sleep. Read a book.

Watch even a boring movie.

Lose fucken control.

** Start the day with personal fulfilment tasks

Start the day with tasks that personally fulfil you. Mine is writing. Writing and patching this article up is doing exactly that.

The task does not have to be related to your work.

Produce something that fulfils you. If it is writing music, then write music. Is it DJ’ing? Then DJ. Exercising? Exercise.

Why? Such tasks signal your subconscious that you have fulfilled a part of you. Throughout the day it somehow makes you robust against knocks.

** Work on ‘business potential’ tasks early on and for a fixed time

Before you sleep, you must have two or more important things that you must and can do before 8 AM.

They must be things that have the potential to bring you business.

During the day the thought that you were productive in the morning will comfort and motivate you.

** Ohh, start earliest

If by 8 AM you have covered your personal fulfilment tasks and ticked off at least two business items, my dear brothers and sisters, that is a winning spirit.

The day can take its own direction because we are not always in control.

Start at 5 AM or before.

Plus this quarantine can make you lazy. There are family and your spouse around. Do you think they want you to work when they are with you? No.

** Throughout the day

This setup above alleviates your mind of the guilt you will feel if you indeed don’t work during the day.

Achieving this setup invites creativity. Throughout the day your mind will be free and that is when creativity roams in. You are less anxious akere.

This is when your mind will be calm and fluid enough to connect the dots and solve problems.

You can even think about other business ideas or more ways to improve your existing business.

Good luck!

N.B. All my books are on a lockdown special sale of $0.99

  • The Anxious Entrepreneur https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa
  • Forget the Business Plan Use this Short Model https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa
  • Tales of an African Entrepreneur https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa
  • Township Biz Fastrack https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa
  • Township Biz Adjacent https://buff.ly/3bwJUHa

MY OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT ANXIETY ON WWW.TIISETSOMALOMA.COM/ANXIETYBLOG

  1. Entrepreneurs’ Immediate Anxiety Cheat Sheet http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/07/24/entrepreneurs-immediate-anxiety-cheat-sheet/
  2. Where to Get Help for Anxiety, Depression and Suicide http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/07/17/where-to-get-help-for-anxiety-depression-and-suicide/
  3. The Other Source of Depression http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/07/17/another-source-of-depression/
  4. [My] 7 Top Articles Helpful to Entrepreneurs in Admitting and Dealing With Anxiety and Depression http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/07/16/my-7-top-articles-helpful-to-entrepreneurs-in-admitting-and-dealing-with-anxiety-and-depression/
  5. Get this book for free. ‘The Entrepreneur’s Emotional Toolbox’ by David Chislett http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/10/05/get-this-book-for-free-the-entrepreneurs-emotional-toolbox-by-david-chislett/
  6. You Might Be Preparing to Get Overly Anxious When You Are in Old Age http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2017/07/13/you-might-be-preparing-to-get-overly-anxious-as-you-get-old/
  7. Tiisetso Maloma interview on Baby Got Booked Podcast – How to Stop Anxiety from Holding You Back http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2016/10/18/tiisetso-maloma-interview-on-baby-got-booked-podcast-how-to-stop-anxiety-from-holding-you-back/
  8. 10 Quotes to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2016/10/11/why-not-to-worry-according-to-the-these-great-quotes/
  9. The Man who Fed his Child with the Face of the Mother, A Metaphor for Creativity http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2016/03/30/the-man-who-fed-his-child-with-the-face-of-the-baby-mama/
  10. 4 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Defuse Anxiety http://www.tiisetsomaloma.com/2015/09/22/4-ways-for-entrepreneurs-to-defuse-anxiety/

HERE IS ONE OF MY PERSONAL STORIES

It was at about 3:35 pm. I felt I was about to faint or have a panic attack. The day was not going well. Over and above, I was overly tired.

It had been weeks since I had any ‘win’. Therefore I needed to hustle people on the phone even if it was 4:00 pm. I was desperate. For goodness’ sake, that time is around knock off time. A business pitch is the last thing they would want to hear.

An earlier rejection email had heightened the panic. All these triggered my mind to think I have no hope: immediately, I time travelled to the past and the future. I saw no advantage of what my past has brought to today and I saw no light in my future. 

Anxiety invades our productivity and therefore our goals. All it takes is to not see progress in a day, then a week or a month. The next thing you know, you are standing at the peak of the highest anxiety hill, depressingly recalling your record of failures and doubting your future.

I went to sleep. I played the movie 300 so it can get me to doze off. I am a comedy guy and action movies usually make me sleep. I tend to use them as sleeping pills.

When I woke up, I was feeling better. I even played Donny Hathaway’s rendition of ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black’. It always soothes me. Always! Later on, I checked my emails and I had new business…

You Need to Get These Books for Entrepreneurs in Your Organisation – Presenting Tiisetso Maloma’s Entrepreneurship Books

N.B The offer applies to orders of 10+ print copies within South Africa. Individual orders can be placed here www.tiisetsomaloma.com/shop. EBooks available on Amazon, iBookstore and Kobo.

You want the entrepreneurs in your organisation to succeed. You go out of your way to provide resources and people to help them.

I encourage you to purchase any or all of my four books for them.

Tiisetso Maloma’s Books (bundle discount of 25% if ordering 10+ copies per book)

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Where to Get Help for Anxiety, Depression and Suicide

Since publishing ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur’, I’ve been making interesting contacts with people.

I am not a professional anxiety, depression and suicide expert.

If you believe you suffer from anxiety, depression and are having suicidal thoughts, I humbly request that you get help from a trained professional. These are serious conditions you need to attend urgently.

So below follows places to find such help:

SOUTH AFRICA

The organisations below have support groups and/or programmes in various parts of the country. Find out if they do not have support closer to your area.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

  • Help line: (011) 262-6396 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393 (8am – 8pm, seven days a week)
  • Website:sadac.org

LifeLine Southern Africa
This is a 24 hour emotional crisis intervention service. It’s free and confidential.

  • National counselling line: 0861-322-322
    Counsellors help callers with challenges such as trauma and suicide.
  • Website: www.lifeline.co.za

INTERNATIONALLY

In each country, there are organisations and support groups that assist people experiencing these conditions. Search and approach them for help. And the prominent ones are mostly free.

If you are in a crisis, I suggest you contact a depression, suicide or emergency helpline in your country.

In any case, here are some online resources you can use (some are free, some are free for the first session and others charge throughout):

7 Cups

Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counsellors.

Website https://www.7cups.com

Counselo

Assists with depression, sadness and burned out.

Website www.counselo.com

Therapy Tribe

Helps people find great mental health resources like therapists, support groups, wellness tools, as well as an overall sense of community.

Offers a combination of a professional therapist directory as well as self-help wellness resources – all free of charge to the community in need.

Website www.therapytribe.com

Better Help

Convenient, affordable, private online counselling – anytime and anywhere.

Website www.betterhelp.com

The Other Source of Depression

I have always been entrepreneurial. On two separate occasions as a kid I had vegetable gardens. On each, my grandmother, and later her daughter (my mother), gave away almost all my produce and thus succeeded in liquidating my intended businesses. I guess my mother got it from her mother – my grandmother gave it to her daughter.

Among the other things I aspired to be was Jean Claude Van Damme. I didn’t want to be Chuck Norris because he had bushy chest hair. I am 30 today, with medium chest hair. It is even turning white.

How my story should be is: he grew up poor, went to university; he then ventured into business, struggled for a bit of time and then became very successful. “He Read more

[My] 7 Top Articles Helpful to Entrepreneurs in Admitting and Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

From all levels of start-up to big success in entrepreneurship, there exists a dark cloud often not talked about. It is anxiety and depression.

At worst, I’ve read stories of very successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs committing suicide.

Entrepreneurship can be gruesome. Read more

Tiisetso Maloma Interview on the Creative Warriors Podcast, Nipping Anxiety in the Bud

Creative Warriors Podcast - Tiisetso Maloma

I was a guest on the Creative Warriors Podcast hosted by American entrepreneur and business coach, Jeffrey Shaw.

We had an engaging chat about defeating ‘entrepreneur anxiety’ and the book – ‘The Anxious Entrepreneur.’

Do check out and download the episode here http://ow.ly/whdd307Tc1U. It is episode 255.

Tiisetso Maloma interview on Baby Got Booked Podcast – How to Stop Anxiety from Holding You Back

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Hello.

I got interviewed on the Baby Got Booked Podcast, hosted by Canadian entrepreneur and PR expert – Geeta Nadkarni.

I had much fun talking about themes for reducing anxiety in one’s entrepreneurship hustle, and my book – The Anxious Entrepreneur. Geeta is just awesome.

Click here to download the podcast.

N.B. It was before the book came out.

14 Stoicism Quotes that Help Heal Anxiety

This is an extract from my latest and fourth book, The Anxious Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is a nerve wracking business. Entrepreneurs are always anxious about multiple things. They have goals and therefore expectations, but it is known that things cannot go according to one’s wishes, plans, desires, needs or desperation all the time.

Expectations are rarely met and subconsciously, when they aren’t, we are shaken. It is an opportune window for anxiety or even depression to set in, depending on the severity or extent of the misfortune. Read more

10 Quotes to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety

This is an extract from my latest and fourth book, The Anxious Entrepreneur.

The following are some of my favourite quotes which, I believe, more or less speak to that anxiety defeats creativity and also that creativity can defeat anxiety.

 “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace” -Randy Armstrong.

To have peace today, you have to do the things that have meaning to you and help you to fulfil a part of you.

If your passion is to sing, but you work at a call centre, sing in the morning or after work – everyday or any number of days in the week.

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THE ANXIOUS ENTREPRENEUR (A book by Tiisetso Maloma)

Book available at South African bookstores (Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Protea Books, Loot.co.za, Takealot.com) | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

It was at about 3:35 pm. I felt I was about to faint or have a panic attack. The day was not going well. Over and above, I was overly tired.

It had been weeks since I had any ‘win’. Therefore I needed to hustle people on the phone even if it was 4:00 pm. I was desperate. For goodness’ sake, that time is around knock off time. A business pitch is the last thing they would want to hear.

An earlier rejection email had heightened the panic. All these triggered my mind to think I have no hope: immediately, I time travelled to the past and the future. I saw no advantage of what my past has brought to today and I saw no light in my future.

Anxiety invades our productivity and therefore our goals. All it takes is to not see progress in a day, then a week or a month. The next thing you know, you are standing at the peak of the highest anxiety hill, depressingly recalling your record of failures and doubting your future.

This book goes through what to do to counter such episodes – and below are things you can do now: Read more