Work Does Not Need to Be Stressful
Whether you’re a freelancer or business owner, being self-employed can be a great experience. A flexible schedule, no one breathing down your neck, making you conform to their standards. This freedom can help ignite the passion you need to be successful in your life goals.
However, it can be stressful as well.
The exhilarating sense of self-direction can quickly turn to obsessive anxiety since success or failure seems to rest entirely on your shoulders. Then there’s the added stress of not having a regular paycheque, working long hours, the frequent loneliness, and not being able to separate work and personal life.
Failing to recognise, let alone address the early signs of stress not only affects your business in the long-run but also put your life at risk. With stakes this high, it’s important that you handle the stress of being self-employed. Here’s how:
- Find a Niche That You Enjoy Doing
As the saying goes, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” While this adage is not entirely true – you still need to dedicate a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to be successful in your endeavor – having an innate passion for the things you do can help lessen the amount of stress you suffer in the long run.
By finding your niche, you can cut back on your load, relieve some stress and start to feel better about your business. Regardless if you’re an online worker or an entrepreneur when you promote only the services that fit with your knowledge, skills, and availability you will connect with your ideal clients and thrive as you excel at offering the services they need. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to say no if the client doesn’t fit.
- Only Accept Online Jobs You Can Deliver On
Many freelancers have had this urge to take on projects which they don’t actually have the capacity to take forward, especially if the clients offer above-decent pay. However, doing so may not only affect your work-life balance; your reputation can also go down once you fail to meet the criteria of the projects or even deliver them on-time.
Your stress level will significantly decrease when you say yes only to the tasks that you have time for and are skilled at. Don’t be afraid to turn a client down that doesn’t line up with what you have to offer. It is better to be healthy and growing with a few clients than overworked and spread too thin with a lot of unhappy clients.
- Take a Break
When we’re frustrated, the first thing we’re often told to do is to stand up, walk a little, and get a glass of water for our head to cool down. However, many of us do the complete opposite. Many would often push harder, thinking that they will feel better if they already address the issue before they let themselves take a breather.
But this action is counterintuitive – eventually, you will be unable to focus effectively – and that window tends to shorten when we’re under intense pressure. The most productive thing you can do is step away from your work to recharge and regenerate. Go for a walk, meditate, sit outside for half an hour and just do nothing. Whichever way you approach it, the key is to take time to sharpen your mind when you feel it getting dull, overstretched, and ineffective.
- Ask for Help
Some people see asking for help as a sign of weakness and will do anything to avoid it. This kind of thinking doesn’t serve us well when we’re feeling maxed out. In fact, the very people we ask for help rarely see that as a sign of weakness–most people are more than willing to lend a hand when it matters.
Consult with more experienced self-employed people. They can help you navigate the glitches that may be new to you. You can also establish a network, exchanging services like promotional writing for help with invoicing. However, keep in mind that the trade should be even, or at least consider paying an additional amount to even the scale.
Stress can affect your career and health. Don’t let it ruin your life by taking these simple steps today.