An Essex entrepreneur says she was ‘unhappy every single day’ as her anxiety spiralled following lockdown announcements.
Sophie Gordon, 25, from Thurrock has spoken out about her mental health struggle as she hopes to inspire others.
She launched her marketing business in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic back in July after speaking to a councillor about her mental health – and now she wants to encourage others struggling to do the same.
Since launching, the social media marketer gained almost 10 clients throughout Essex and London.
The 25-year-old entrepreneur took counselling sessions with Mind in Thurrock to combat her anxiety that was at its peak during the pandemic.
Instead of letting her thoughts defeat her mindset, she decided to put all of her energy into building a social media marketing business to help other local businesses.
Sophie said: “When the pandemic first started in March, I was working as a Marketing Manager in London. As I started working from home, I began to feel a loss of control of my career, so that’s when I decided to pivot into building my own business.
“I loved my job, but there was a sense of uncertainty in the air and I felt like I needed to take control.
“I became a Freelance Social Media Manager on the side, then left my job shortly after due to the increased demand. I feel as though lockdown gave a lot of people a chance to slow down and pursue their dreams of starting a new business, including myself.
“I have always had an urge to want to work for myself and I know a lot of other people that think the same way. Over lockdown, it gave a lot of people the time to save and put an action plan in place.
“If you are an entrepreneur at heart, why not start something today?”
The businesswoman decided to launch her business, Sophie Louise Marketing, after struggling with anxiety. She says that launching her business has helped her mental health, and hopes to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Sophie added: “Launching my business has improved my mental health for the better. When my anxiety flares up I like to stay focused and busy. My business has given me the opportunity to talk to business owners every day and put my creative energy into my work.
“Lockdown really affected my mental health but since starting my marketing company I’ve been so busy, it’s definitely given me a focus. Just a couple of months back I was unhappy every single day.
“I feel like lockdown has given a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs the get-up-and-go that they needed and hopefully I can inspire someone to do the same”.
The Essex entrepreneur sought help from Mental Health charity, Mind, after beginning to struggle with her anxiety. She believes that her mental health improvement was down to the charity.
“Overall I had around 12 sessions with Mind, like with most people my anxiety was triggered by the lockdown. Just being able to speak to someone out of my circle of immediate friends and family really helped.
“I was surprised at how much of an improvement I was making every week. I’ve suffered from anxiety all of my life but I wasn’t going to let it defeat me this time.
“It was a mixture of taking up counselling sessions and launching a business. I feel like just having something to focus on and get excited about really helped. When you feel yourself spiralling downwards, I would highly recommend talking to someone. It helped me massively.”