10 Self-Care Tips for the Freelancer

It’s 2:00 am in the morning.
I’ve not slept because I have to complete some work for a client.
If I had a 9-5 job, I’d be asleep at this time.
One thing no-one talks about when it comes to running your online business is the amount of work you put into it.
Everyone talks about the good stuff.
You know…
“You can work in your pajamas, have flexible hours and create your own schedule.”
Don’t get me wrong that is all true. I say the same things.
However, there is the part about working hard and working long hours that few ever mention.
A second fact is, no-one understands what you do.
When you tell people you are a self-publisher or freelancer, they are clueless and think you are jobless and should get a proper job, instead of playing computer games.

After a while, the long hours coupled with lack of support can begin to get to you emotionally.
Self-care for the freelancer should not be taken for granted.
Let’s look at some things you can do to care for yourself.

1. Time-Out
Take a few days away from what you regularly do.
You will find that you feel not only relaxed but also rejuvenated.
Allow your body, mind and spirit time to heal.
You don’t have to spend oodles of money; you just have to be creative.

2. Listen to Motivating Messages
Whether they are business messages or spiritual messages, when you get motivated it inspires you to work even harder, and it fuels your mind with positivity.
The news is filled with too much negativity.
It is important to be aware of what is going on, but don’t spend too much time listening to negative stories.

3. Have Quiet-Time for Yourself
When you pray and meditate it centers you. You stop and listen to God by reading the Bible.
You can focus on the scriptures and listen to what God wants you to know.
Create a daily routine to pray.



4. Go for a Walk
I don’t know about you, but I find walking a great physical exercise and relaxing.
After taking a pleasant walk, you will begin to focus on other areas of your business.
Take a walk to the park. Enjoy looking at the trees and the geese in the pond.
I love watching people fish -even though most of them hardly catch anything.
Choose a place that is quiet and safe where you can walk uninterrupted.
Walking increases your creativity and energy.

5. Cut Back
It may seem counterproductive to cut-back from your work and business. But sometimes it is the best thing to do.
I have canceled a few programs I had scheduled so that I take some time out to reflect and get rejuvenated.
If you don’t learn to cut back, you can easily get burned out.


6. Find Inner Peace
One of the things you can do is find inner peace in yourself.
If your life is filled with turmoil, it all begins to affect your work.
Here is a book I recommend that will assist you on your journey.

7. Keep a Journal
Writing a journal is one of the best things you can do.
Putting your thoughts on paper with no judgment feels like cleaning your mind. You may have had some bad experiences which are weighing you down, and you want to let go.
Journaling helps you to rediscover “you” and connect with your Spirit.

8. Forgive Others
This is easier said than done, but we need to forgive those who hurt us.
There is no need in carrying a grudge. It only hurts you and makes you exhausted and stressed.
The person who caused the damage does not care. Learn to heal and move on. You may need a counselor to help you recover.


9. Find Time for Fun
Every year I like to travel to a new place I have not been before. I love to explore new things. I guess I’m an explorer at heart.
Reconnect with your inner child and have some fun.

10. Create Positive Feelings
It can be easy when we get tired to become negative because everything begins to become a chore.
Your creativity is your art, and you need to enjoy it.
Learn to be grateful for your clients, your friends and all the connections you made.
Practice gratitude on a daily basis.

These are my ten tips; what do you do to care for yourself?
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2 thoughts on “10 Self-Care Tips for the Freelancer”

  1. Thanks for the 10 self-care tips. I think they can be used by anyone, not just freelancers! I have just added the book Find Inner Peace to my Kindle collection and hope to get good at tip #6.

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