Self-Care Practices for the Self-Employed

By Megan Morrow
Published June 24, 2019

Working as a freelancer or independent consultant may be a career dream come true – setting your own hours, eliminating your commute, and choosing the projects that fit your skills and passions. Working on your own, however, can also include juggling many roles, rejection, isolation, lack of structure and, sometimes, financial stress.

If you are self-employed, the following self-care practices can help you find balance and greater joy in your chosen career path:

  • Get – and stay – organized: When you are an accountant, administrator, customer service agent, human resources officer and IT professional all at once – not to mention your freelance job, if it is in a different field – you simply have to stay organized. When you work for yourself, you manage so many variables that getting behind or eschewing organization are likely roads to ruin. You can use apps or spreadsheets to track your ongoing work, current and potential clients, billing and scheduling. Consider devoting the first or last 30 minutes of the day or one morning a week to managing all of the details that go along with self-employment so that you never have them hanging over your head.
  • Establish a routine: Freelance work can seep into every hour and space of your life if you let it. If possible, set regular work hours and then stick to them. Granted, you will occasionally have to push past your established timeline, but creating a regular routine will make it easier to establish work-life balance.
  • Leave the house: Fresh air is good for the body and mind. It can be easy, especially in colder climates, to burrow on your couch or in your office for hours and days at a time. Schedule in social outings on a regular basis and run occasional errands to allow for breaks and adult interaction. Working at coffee shops, libraries or co-working spaces can also allow you to make connections and friends.
  • Schedule time for yourself: You may need to put exercise, healthy meals and rest into your schedule to ensure that they actually happen. Likewise, it is important to continue to grow your skills and interests through workshops, special events or relevant podcasts. Finally, do not forget to schedule time off and vacations!

If you review your goals on a biannual basis, you can check in with your progress, with the places you need support and with your success stories. Setting and reviewing priorities will keep you on track, allowing more time for self-care and a balanced routine.

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