The flexible working hours from random cafes, the comfort of working from home with those fuzzy slippers on, or the freedom of choosing your clients. This is, of course, the blissful scenario of what freelance life feels like. But is this what freelancing always feels like?
You, more than anyone, have the answer to that. Freelancing can sometimes make you feel anxious, lonely, and exhausted- and hey, that's not something we like to show in our Instagram stories, but that doesn't mean we have to hide or deny it.
This 2022 is all about being brave with our true essence and emotions. Read on to get some insight on some common mental health antidotes you can incorporate into your freelance routine this year.
Here are the Top Mental Health Challenges that freelancers face according to Freelancer Loneliness: The Ups and Downs of Going Solo and the EpsonTank research studies:
Imagine you are standing or sitting barefoot in the grass. What do you feel? The grass blades tickling your skin, the damp dirt, and maybe the cold temperature in the air. You feel the stability of the ground on your body- you are feeling grounded. And that is a sensation we should treasure this 2022.
Grounding techniques can help you turn off that "fight, flight, or freeze '' response so fondly created to deal with pre-historic predators. They can help alleviate panic attacks, lack of focus, and triggering emotions. They connect your body and mind with the simplicity of the present and carry you away from a distressing make-belief scenario our powerful mind creates.
This antidote can help you cope with anxiety, stress, insecurity, and lack of focus.
Just like you would start a detox diet to rid yourself of sugar excess, why wouldn't you try some digital detox to focus on real-life social interactions?
Hey- we know that this sometimes seems impossible for freelancers. We connect with clients online and network through social media all the time. But what if every week we try to disconnect from our devices, just a little bit? Our body, mind, and attention will thank us in unimaginable ways. The constant use of devices can affect our sleep patterns, increase feelings of stress, and make us well (contradictory enough) feel disconnected from the real world.
Some new activities or habits to achieve your digital detox:
This antidote can help you cope with anxiety, lack of focus, feelings of sadness, stress, and loneliness.
No, it's not about having a million likes or comments on social media. It's not about having a thousand friends either. When it comes to intimate and healthy relationships, choose quality over quantity.
Spanish psychiatrist and Best-seller author Marian Rojas Estapé encourages us to connect with those "vitamin friends." We’re talking about those friends that can make us laugh or smile even on the worst days. When we connect with “vitamin friends” we induce our bodies to produce oxytocin, the social happiness hormone, and decrease cortisol, the stress hormone.
This antidote can help you cope with loneliness, anxiety, lack of focus, and feelings of sadness.
Having vital mental health in your day-to-day freelance routine doesn't mean that birds will chirp and sing and dance away as you turn in last month's performance reports to your superior. It also doesn't mean that you have to meet certain expectations of happiness or contentment. Instead, emotional wellness motivates us to unleash our true potential, manage stress, and gain resilience whenever a storm comes.
But remember, you’re not alone! If you feel like you need a hand taking care of your mental health don't hesitate to reach out to a psychologist, life coach, or mental health professional to get that extra support this year.
This 2022 it's time to go from anxious to grounded, from exhausted to replenished, and from lonely to genuinely connected. Are you up for the challenge? We want to hear your take on it! For more resources, videos, and books on incorporating these tips, check out our Coogee Newsletter!
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