What is your self-care plan for work from home freelancers to keep motivated and stress-free? Here are self-care tips for a freelancer.
The gradual emergence of online media has given endless opportunities to people altogether; now we can work from anywhere we want, we can also take work-vacation trips. Sounds interesting, right? But a casual work from the home schedule can be quite disturbing, tiring, and stressful–often more than an office job.
Amid the house chores that our families keep asking us for and the extreme pressure our bosses or clients have been putting on us, you might feel that you are losing the grip. This happens and then giving time to ourselves becomes a dream which we can only see but not experience.
However, very few people realize that working from home freelancing requires planning, scheduling, implementation, self-motivation, and all else needed to manage the work from home schedules.
What should be your self-care plan during work from home to keep yourself motivated and stress-free? Well, your question will be answered here. Here is your self-care plan if you are a work from home freelancer.
Wake-up Early, Bath, and Exercise
I know this may sound challenging, but it does help. I am not requesting you to wake up at 5 in the morning. No, you should at least wake up at seven and exercise. This will give you a sense of satisfaction to begin your day with something productive.
Also, exercising and early bathing would help you keep active and fresh all day long. Therefore, try and wake up early, exercise, and take a refreshing good bath. What a combo to begin your day with, might I add!
Set Your Time For Each Work
A freelancer is working with multiple brands simultaneously, and their works vary from company to company and niche to niche. Therefore, managing your time for each project is essential. Create time slots and dedicate a particular slot for each client or project. Doing so will help you create efficiency in your work, decrease confusion, and ensure all projects and clients receive proper attention. This will also help you spare time for your jobs and family time as well.
Take Short Breaks In-between
This is one thing a person must ensure every day. Take short breaks in between your work; it will ensure your physical and mental health. Sitting on your couch the whole day is bad for your health as well as your mental stability, eyes concentration, mental strain, body ache, and increased risk of disease. Hence, a short coffee, water, food break, or a general walk break is vital for work from home freelancers.
Keep Time For House Tasks (and other personal tasks)
If you are home, your family might expect you to contribute to house chores, no matter how much work you have. Take out time for house chores too. You might designate a portion of your day to work and another portion to your share of the housework.
For example, when you wake up in the morning, before sitting for your work, take a walk to bring the daily groceries. Or be sure you utilize your breaks to prepare your food or tidy up your home workspace. If you allow a small space in your every day to tackle one or two smaller portions of the housework, you are less likely to become overwhelmed by the evening or end of the workweek.
Try & Watch A Movie Or Read A Book
We are all so caught up in our work lives that we have forgotten to include fun in our daily activities. At least once a week, carve out a specific time and take your mind on a virtual ride by reading a book or watching a movie.
Reading a book can be done regularly; just read it for half an hour, and it will help you get your mind off of work. These activities also help one to maintain or increase creativity. And of course, creativity is quite crucial in a world full of competition.
Keep Half-hour Walk-time Or Playtime
Work from home can make your physical power relatively weak. Also, it can be the reason for your increasing weight or lethargy. One day, your sedentary lifestyle might be a contributor to further health problems. So, you must include a little playtime or walk time in your schedule.
You can include this time early in the morning or later in the evening. This, of course, depends on your wish or time management. It is not only necessary for work from home freelancers, but in general as well.
Chat With Yourself For 10-minutes
It is essential for a person to self-analyze to ensure that they are well and effective. Give some time to yourself at regular intervals. It is quite vital nowadays, given the increasing cases of stress, depression, etc. Giving time to yourself would help you analyze the negativity, remove it, and bring out the best in you.
Dinner Time With Family
It is an excellent time to bond and take your mind off things. Working can be stressful, and sometimes we are so caught up in our work that we forget to enjoy and give time to our loved ones. Give time to your family; if you don’t have extra time, you might re-evaluate your work schedule.
Plan An Outing Once-in-a-week
Sitting at home all day long and working can be quite dull. And, as you might know of inferred, work from home freelancers often sit at home all day. Therefore, try and plan an outing with your friends or family at least once a week. It will help you generate better outcomes. This outing will give you space from your home and work and allow some fun in your week.
Meet the Author: Garima Aggarwal
Garima Aggarwal is an aspiring content writer currently working for TABSCAP. Being from a journalism background, she has been into content writing for two years, and she is passionate about writing about lifestyle, health, and digital marketing. She loves photography and anchoring and is improving her hands in both fields.