Being a freelancer most of your time is spent at home working, or in your home office, it doesn’t mean that your immune to mental tiredness and stress.
Here are some simple tips on how to handle stress when you work online regularly.
- Respect your break
When you’re deep in work, and you just want to go in deep until your finished, I know some of you say that you can’t relax until you finish this job or reach a decent place in the work till you can chill. FINE, but you need to respect your breaks regardless. We always overlook those 10-30 minute breaks where we can look away from the screen or just sit back and take a quick breath.
Taking a few moments to have a break adds up to save you hours of burn out that will mess up your productivity and energy to work at your best.
- Lunch is for eating not working
Just like how we take our breaks for granted, meal time is the 45 minutes or one hour that we should use to refuel and AGAIN step away from the working tools.
But Vic I can get more done if I work and eat. Well my friend, only now and then when you have tight deadline or emergency but not all…the…time. This will burn you out fast practicing this act; you won’t be enjoying your lunch as much as you should. I can tell you a relaxed stomach is a happy stomach thus a happy you
- Have a Routine after or before work
A routine after or before work helps relax your mind so that you can distress before or after work. A routine contributes to keeping your mind at ease as you don’t need to put much thought into it. Pick a routine as simple as going to the sofa and watching an episode (House of Cards or Game of Thrones, hint hint) after work as your routine after work is completed can help distress you.
- Shut down and Recharge over the Weekend
You’re working online, you’re on your computer all the time, even if it’s for play. Pick a day to step away from the computer, the work space and go outside. If not call a friend or go out for drinks or just hang. The whole point is to remember to socialize with other humans face to face and leave your work space, so you don’t get flustered and burned out.
- Take it one step at a time
If you feel like you have a heavy workload and you’re not sure where to start or what to do, it’s okay to take it one step at a time. It’s better to do quality work than a whole bunch of half-baked projects; it will affect your credibility as a freelancer no matter which you choose to do. If you can’t finish the work on time simply do what you can and clock out and start with a fresh mindset tomorrow.