I wrote an article to Mental Health First Aid Australia’s email newsletter, reaching an impressive 1 million subscribers. I explored “How The Self-Employed can Benefit from Mental Health Training,” focusing on the specific challenges faced by self-employed individuals.
In the article, I delved into the importance of mental health training for the self-employed, highlighting its potential benefits. By adopting a proactive approach to mood and outlook changes, self-employed professionals can improve their overall well-being. I provided practical ideas for ongoing self-care, such as swapping coffee meetings for walking meetings with clients, establishing boundaries, and remembering to make time for leisure activities.
I shared valuable resources and tips, including virtual communities like Beyond Blue’s Heads Up, Never Not Creative—a research-focused community, and yes, The Freelance Jungle—an online community specifically for freelancers. These platforms offer networking opportunities and access to helpful resources tailored to the needs of self-employed professionals.
It’s always my aim as the Freelance Jungle founder to emphasise the importance of prioritising self-care and mental well-being in the challenging world of self-employment. We do so much work with so much pressure and very little resources, and this makes us especially vulnerable to the potential of mental health issues.
Anyway, check out the article, consider mental health training, and let me know what you think about mental health and self-care with the self-employed in Australia.
Stay tuned for more insights and inspiration as we navigate the path of self-care in our freelance journeys together.