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Making entrepreneurs’ well-being a priority

BDC is committed to helping entrepreneurs do well—and be well.

With COVID-19, we are going through unprecedented and unsettling times as the world wrestles with the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

The pandemic has without a doubt put significant pressure on entrepreneurs who feel more stressed, anxious, hopeless and isolated than ever before.

We remain committed to the cause of entrepreneurs’ well-being. We hope that these tips and resources can help you take care of your health and the health of your loved ones.

If you need help

If you have questions about your well-being or mental health, these resources may help guide you.


Practical advice for time-pressed entrepreneurs


How to handle stress and prevent burnout new

Manage your overall energy instead of just time and tasks

Follow these steps

Four practical steps to manage your stress new

Make your stress productive instead of damaging, especially during a crisis. Left unchecked, elevated levels of stress can have serious long-term consequences. These steps can help you.

Learn how

How to harmonize your work and personal lives new

Conventional wisdom about work-life balance can be overly restrictive for entrepreneurs. It may be more realistic to achieve work-life harmony. Follow these tips to reconcile your work and personal lives to avoid burnout:

Here is how

A healthy work environment makes a difference new

Maintaining a psychologically healthy work environment is challenging during a crisis like the COVID-19 when there is so much disruption. You can take steps to make mental health a priority in your workplace.

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Three tips to help you cope with a crisis new

Happiness doesn’t just happen. A positive outlook can help develop your happiness skills. You can’t always control the big things, but there are many small things you can control to stay upbeat.

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Strategies to stay mentally well during a crisis

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to maintain or restore a sense of personal balance when so much can be uncontrollable.

These practices can help

Strengthen well-being with these daily routines

As the leader of your company, you’ve learned how to put a business plan in place to meet any challenges. Have you considered doing a plan to help with your mental health?

Here is how

3 steps to manage stress and build resilience

Entrepreneurs often carry a lot of stress. They can feel isolated, bottling up anxieties while trying to project strength and optimism. These tips can help you.

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Top 10 stress management tips for leaders

Organizing your days to make sure you’re doing the right things at the right time takes discipline, but the payoff will be less stress and a better-managed, more successful company.

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How to manage stress during the COVID-19 crisis

A crisis can make the everyday stresses of running a business even more intense—and bring all kinds of new ones. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to manage them and avoid long-term impacts on your mental health.

Learn how

Maintaining work-life balance in a crisis

For entrepreneurs, whose work and personal lives tend to be intermingled, work-life harmony may be a better aspiration than work-life balance—especially in a crisis such as COVID-19 when working from home is the norm.

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When it all becomes too much

When it all becomes too much

We know entrepreneurs face significant stress. Too often, they keep it to themselves. The consequences can be tragic. BDC Chief Strategy Officer Michel Bergeron shares a powerful story of his brother’s struggles and the importance of supporting entrepreneurs.

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The state of mental health

In 2019, with the support of BDC, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) surveyed close to 500 Canadian entrepreneurs about their mental well-being.

62% of entrepreneurs feel depressed at least once a week.

46% of entrepreneurs say mental health issues affect their ability to work.

67% say their business’s cash flow is a cause of stress.

Discover the study highlights

Source: CMHA (2019), “Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of entrepreneurs in Canada