SELF-CARE

Screw freelance stress. Freelance self-care is where it’s at.
WHY IT MATTERS

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?

Don’t be.

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.

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:

Dive in now

Join the
Freelance Jungle Facebook group

– no matter the stress, strange habit or process you’d like to perfect, we’re here for you. The sharp, helpful minds of more than 4,600 freelancers await you every day. You can find your accountability, inspiration and courage all in one.

Vacay with us

Come to our
Freelance Festival

– no matter the stress, strange habit or process you’d like to perfect, we’re here for you. The sharp, helpful minds of more than 4,600 freelancers await you every day. You can find your accountability, inspiration and courage all in one.

Reward yourself

– no matter the stress, strange habit or process you’d like to perfect, we’re here for you. The sharp, helpful minds of more than 4,600 freelancers await you every day. You can find your accountability, inspiration and courage all in one.

Want even more freelance self-care?

Why not check out our blog for helpful tips and strategies now?


We’re by Australian freelancers for Australian freelancers because we believe as a community, we know our challenges and needs better than anyone else. 


Our aim is not to sell you a new way of doing freelancing. It’s to help you find how to put your best foot forward.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Email us:


info at freelancejungle dot com dot au


 


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