Time to banish freelance stress and get productive at the same time. Sound like a bad informercial? Read on, li’l freelancer. You can be stress-free and productive with us!
Sit down here and let’s talk about your self-care, shall we? It’s amazing how many freelancers skip practical steps to self-care on a regular basis. It adds up, trust us.
How much of this kind of freelance stress relieving self-care are you skipping?
Getting enough rest and sleep in a day, week, month or year.
We recognise for new parents, people with disabilities and when clients haven’t paid, this can be tough.
Spending time outside with nature.
Like really soaked it up and felt all earthy, green and/or happy in that delicious watery blue.
Incorporating breaks into your work day to refresh and recharge .
Instead of bragging about being welded to your desk, unable to pee, eat or think properly.
Eating well and mindfully.
No, scraping down a whole packet of Jatz and no, eating aforesaid Jatz at the desk doesn’t count.
Doing things other than work – such as catch up with friends and family, sharing a laugh, or even doing nothing.
Work isn’t the whole ballgame, yo!
Giving to people without the expectation of something in return.
No, not that cranky weird enquiry in your inbox! To your community, volunteer organisations or creative projects.
Moving your body and getting some exercise.
Ask yourself when the last time was you walked, bicycled or shook your groove thing in earnest.
Leaving the phone, email, social media and other digital distractions alone.
Yes, this may involve some serious unplugging and fortitude but still …
Listing what makes you feel happy, in control and grateful.
As opposed to feeling obliged to the next item on your to do list with little or no say in things.
Feeling a little embarrassed about how many things you might be doing?
The majority of freelancers fall for the ‘always on’ idea at some point in their freelance career. It’s what you do next with that realisation that counts.
Let’s put it another way – how can you expect to fit your mask and get through all you need to do if you don’t have the right level of self-care happening? You are your best asset.
It’s time to take freelance self-care seriously.
Why freelance self-care matters
17% of all suicides are estimated to be workplace-related in Australia.
Our relationship with work is difficult and is often peppered with compassion fatigue, burn out, continued low level stress and suicidal thoughts.
Small business owners, start-ups and freelancers are classified in the “high risk” category of stress related mental health issues, self-injury and suicidal tendencies.
2020 is shaping up to be a year of significant financial and lifestyle stress and strain.
Part of the reason we were seen as a high-risk group by Beyond Blue and the Council of Small Business Australia COSBA taskforce established in 2015 was the impact financial hardship and business failure plays on our susceptibility to thoughts of suicide, hopelessness and isolation.
Here’s how you can break the freelance stress habit in style:
No matter the stress, we’re here for you. You can find your accountability, inspiration and courage all in one.
Learn with us
Take control through learning
Put your best foot forward through learning as much you can and feeling your confidence grow with other Australian freelancers.
We believe in making sure that the conversations about stress and mental health we need to have are a part of the every day. Here are some resources to help you start that conversation. You can also join us for our regular stress down, crafternoon and not so casual virtual events.
Want even more freelance self-care?
Why not check out our blog for helpful tips and strategies now?