“Everyone needs to be prepared for something that’s going to be a big strain on your mental health,” she continued. “But then if you pull that thread a little more, even just talking about it, I believe, will do a huge service.”
Talking about mental health helped Verkindt develop empathy for herself, a skill she frequently uses. She said she previously “had zero empathy” for herself and didn’t care if she was tired or had a bad week.
Now, the tactic she uses to get through rough times is surround herself with other people who have similar experiences.
When chatting with those people, she gets “a whole bunch of ideas” to solve the problem. Ideas over just sympathy, she said, is amazing because “the most important thing, especially in an early stage startup, is to have options.”