The importance of self-care cannot be overstated, especially for freelancers and solopreneurs. Without a typically structured workday or set office hours, many people are prone to working themselves to death (or at least, it can feel like it!) and forgetting about their own needs. Most people can only keep this up for so long. I know I’ve done it, and the result was burning out and disappointing clients.
This is why I’ve made self-care a priority in my life. I really do think it makes me better focused, which makes my clients happier. We all have full lives, and I can’t know what you’ve got going on, but I know that there are ways that you can practice self-care throughout the workday, even when you’re super busy. Here are 5 of them!
1. Multimask. I don’t really believe in multitasking, but I completely believe in multimasking while working! One of the luxuries that I (and many freelancers) have is that I work from home. Since I have plenty of time when no one has to look at me except my dog and my husband, I’ll often put on a face mask and catch up on a simple work project or watch a Youtube video about something interesting.
I recently discovered the joys of multimasking – wearing different masks on certain areas of the face that have different needs. I like this mask for my nose and certain parts of my skin prone to breakouts; I like a moisturizing mask like this one on my cheeks and around my eyes and on my neck.
2. Meditation/mindfulness breaks. There are so many ways to do this, and I like to mix it up. I’ve got an app on my phone called Mindfulness that I’m currently using, though I sometimes like to find a short one on YouTube or a podcast.
3. Drink.all.the.tea. I love my coffee, but I can’t drink it all day without becoming a nut, plus I love tea! I make tea a bunch and often try to take a minute to appreciate the whole process. I also think this works as a great self-care method because tea has a ton of health benefits, like boosting your metabolism, providing calm energy, and even anti-cancer compounds. One of my favorites is genmaicha. It tastes so yummy and toasty, though I prefer something fruitier for iced tea.
4. Get outside! In an effort to break out of my hermit tendencies, I take regular breaks to walk around my backyard with a cup of tea when it’s nice outside. But even when it’s not so nice, I think it is a great idea to make sure you step outside once in a while.
Maybe this is just me since I work from home and am an introvert, but honestly, if I didn’t consciously try I know there could potentially be several days or a whole work week where I didn’t get any fresh air. My dog can be a big help with this too because there is pretty much nothing he wants more in the world than a walk.
5. Do something that feels like you’re not supposed to during the day! Obviously, this isn’t always possible, but sometimes I’ll just say “screw this, I’m taking a bath!” It feels kind of like I’m getting away with something. Another one I do sometimes is put on a favorite TV show and even air pop some popcorn. I feel like this is somehow great for my mental health.
These are just a few simple ways I like to take care of myself and prevent burnout as a solopreneur. I’d super love to know what yours are! Also, am I alone in the possibly turning into a hermit thing? Let me know in the comments!
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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