Based in: United Kingdom
YourMind was created with the belief that everyone should have tools and help to look after their mental well being and become the best version of themselves. On YourMind, you can speak to high quality therapists via Skype at affordable rates, wherever you want. You can also find easy, friendly and effective tips for your mental well being. By providing an online space entirely dedicated to looking after ourselves, we aim to overcome the three main hurdles that separate many of us from our mental well being: time, money and stigma.
What prompted you to start an online business for therapy?
The idea for YourMind started a few years ago when, after telling my friends and family that I was suffering from symptoms of anxiety. I realised that many people around me were facing similar struggles. I realised that many of those suffering from anxiety and depression feel they don’t have the necessary tools and resources at their disposal to improve their mental well being. An even larger portion feel like they should be able to deal with it alone: “if it isn’t bad enough to require medication then surely it isn’t worth making a fuss about?”
I told myself that if I could go from dreading my daily commute on the tube to using it as a productive part of my day, then others could too. And that’s how YourMind was born!
Are there difficult times you go through? What helps/inspires you?
Like most other people, I tend to be quite hard on myself so I go through moments of self-doubt where I wonder whether I’m doing the right thing and if I’m doing it well enough. I used to really struggle with this but am becoming better. The more I write newsletters and articles on “tips to overcome negative thinking/not feeling good enough etc.” the more I realise that I have all these tools at my disposaI. I just need to remember to use them when I’m having a hard time! I’m also lucky to have a strong support network of family and friends: there are a few people who I can always rely on to help me think through a problem and make me aware of my thinking patterns.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your life? How did it change the way you think about life?
The most surprising change has been waking up every morning excited to go to work and not caring what day of the week it is. The fact that I love what I’m doing and that I get to choose how I do it means that I rarely find myself questioning the value of a specific task. The realization that time is entirely mine and that I can use it as I want has also made me infinitely more efficient.
The most fulfilling thing however has been realizing that what I’m doing really resonates with people. Receiving an email saying that my newsletter helped someone or seeing a small mindset shift in a skeptical attendee at the end of a workshop has been priceless.
Do you believe that there is one specific formula for success? What does it mean to be a successful business owner?
There isn’t one specific formula for success, mainly because everyone defines success in a different way. For me being a successful business owner means being able to have a good quality of life while doing something that keeps me challenged and excited, and for which I see a real purpose.
What does it mean to have competition/competitors? How do you approach your competition?
To me, a competitor is someone who is offering similar services to me. I would like to say that I always just observe or collaborate with my competition but let’s be honest, that’s not entirely true. Some days, all I need is a newsletter from a competitor to send me into fits of worry and self-doubt. However, I try to make sure that I don’t let the competition worry me too much. On good days, I manage to use competitors as an inspiration and something that keeps me focused on the end-goal. I just keep doing what I’m doing and even seek for collaboration opportunity in some cases.
I also remind myself that the more people trying to chip away at the stigma around mental well being, the better! It’s a huge market that has been really under served in the past, so it’s great that it’s starting to receive the attention it deserves.