502: How to Maintain Mental Health During a Global Pandemic

04.07.2020 - By The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten

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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to maintain mental health during a global pandemic.

Due to the current coronavirus crisis, a lot of companies are struggling, and this is going to affect so many founders mental health. So it’s important to know how to cope with the current climate an avoid harming your mental health

In this week’s episode, Steli and Hiten talk about how this current crisis can affect your mental health, what Hiten is currently doing to take care of his and his family’s mental health, how Steli is coping with in the current crisis and much more. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

00:23 Why this topic was chosen.

01:39 How this current crisis can affect your mental health.

03:48 What Hiten is currently doing to take care of his and his family’s mental health.

04:49 Why Hiten was consuming a lot of content about the crisis early on.

07:22 How everyone has their own wy of dealing with this crisis.

09:13 The importance of knowing when to cope.

09:45 How Steli is coping with in the current crisis.

10:23 How making checklists is helping Steli cope.

11:57 How Steli is coping through exercising. 

3 Key Points:

The staying at home part is not just challenging for meYou need to know when enough is enough when consuming content about the crisis.You have to consume information in order to understand what’s going on for myself.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah. And today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about how to maintain one's mental health during a global pandemic. So, for those of you that don't know, we recorded... The last, I think four episodes or so, were very focused on the current COVID-19 crisis around the world, and this is very unusual for us. We've been doing this, I think this week we're going to surpass, or just last week we surpassed the 500 recordings. We've been doing this for five years plus. We had never done episodes that were centered around world events at the moment.


Steli Efti: Nope, that's right.


Hiten Shah: But then again, there's never been a world event that's so big that it literally has captured-


Steli Efti: Impacts everybody.


Hiten Shah: The entire world.


Steli Efti: That's right.


Hiten Shah: So this is a different time even for us in this podcast. We did an episode on sales during this crisis, marketing during this crisis, and working from home during COVIT-19. I felt that it would be helpful and useful to people that are listening to us to talk a little bit about mental health. I think that in step one, when all of this started rolling, or becoming a bigger topic in the Western world, in Europe, in the US especially, I think that first mechanism of preparedness was about shopping, having groceries, having toilet paper, obviously. The most important item of all. And just thinking cash and in the US a lot of people were buying ammunition and guns and whatever. There's some kind of a, how do we survive in our homes if we can't go out and if it's really dire circumstances outside for long periods of time. So people were thinking about that. And now... But I feel like once people have gone through, one, two, or three weeks now of actually being mostly at home and having, if they have children, their children at home and not in school, and their significant other at home, not at school, and they've been in this cramped up environment and space for a good amount of time. And on top of it, there's been now two, three weeks of nonstop bad news and anxiety just ramped up around the world to a really high level. I feel like now more than ever, people will start thinking about this, and need to start thinking about not just the physical health of food and toilet paper and shelter, but also the mental side of things.

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