June 1, 2020

  • Irfan Malik

My mental health check-ins are everything

Everyone has their share of stress, anxiety and frowns in life and I'm no different. Something that really helps keep my mental health in check are my workouts and outdoor adventures. That's my ME-time.

A typical day in the life of a tech entrepreneur is exciting, fast-paced and hectic, to say the least. I read somewhere that if you want to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself, you must optimize your environment. If I can’t leave work to go to the gym everyday, I’ve created my own fitness zone at my workplace.

I don’t believe in isolated achievements. I believe there is always room for improvement, no matter what you accomplish in life. The day you think you’ve got life figured out is the day you stop growing.

I don’t only push myself, but as a leader, I find it my duty to help others come out of their comfort zone and unlock their true potential too. It all starts in the mind! Inspiring leadership is not just about strategy and decision making, it’s about working for a cause that’s for the greater good.

Over the years, I’ve learned how to cope with stressful situations and today, I’m passing on that knowledge to my team. It’s not what you do, but what you don’t do that makes a difference. The way you react and respond under pressure will ultimately determine the outcome of that situation.

Leaders need good mental health to be able to show empathy, to be perceptive and receptive to people around them. I prioritize my mental health so I can show up everyday and give my 100%. My daily dose of endorphins (aka happy hormones) keeps me pumped for the busy day ahead.