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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.

The state of mental health

In November 2020, BDC, in collaboration with a panel of experts from the Douglas Institute, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and WorkInsights, released a report to better understand how entrepreneurs are doing in the context of the pandemic.

64% entrepreneurs say either all is well or they have things under control overall.

40% entrepreneurs are stressed by the fear of loss or failure.

39% of business owners feel depressed at least once a week.

Read the report

Practical advice for time-pressed entrepreneurs


How to handle stress and prevent burnout

Manage your overall energy instead of just time and tasks

Follow these steps

Four practical steps to manage your stress

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

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

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

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.

Follow these practices

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.

Discover how

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.

Learn how

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.

Learn how

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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