10 Jan 3 Important Wellness Tips For Working Remote or From Home
With many companies downsizing and outsourcing their services, it’s such an exciting time to be a freelancer. In fact, a study conducted in 2018, the freelance workforce has increased in the last five years to an estimated 56.7 million people in the U.S. — and this number is expected to rise significantly in the next few years to come.
Certainly, freelancing offers the kind of personal and professional freedom hard to beat, however, self-employment doesn’t bring an escape from stress and everything that comes with it. Although different, there are also challenges in this line of work. As an independent contractor who’s been in the game for 5 years and some change, it’s vital to maintain a healthy work/life balance when things get hazy. Whether you’re new to remote work or in desperate need of some coherent advice, below I’m dropping a few gems on you to keep you not only working your best, but also feeling happier, healthier, and more relaxed than ever before.
Since remote workers don’t have an office to go to, you must dedicate time to going outside and experiencing fresh air. Staying cooped up in one place is not only detrimental for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. Our bodies crave movement and change, and a simple walk or stretch between projects can do wonders.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but I’ve been guilty of pumping out work for 10 hours straight without even flinching at the smell of baked cookies and matcha — and I paid big time for it. When working remote, you do not have the luxury of dedicated lunch breaks. Because of this, we can often forget to feed ourselves when we get caught up in our work. Even if it just a snack, eating something throughout your workday will get your mind fueled enough to keep the train going, no matter how long of a day you’ve allotted.
Being a remote freelancer is one of the most rewarding careers you can get into, but it can be lonely. Communicating through a computer screen is drastically different than socializing in-person, so it’s important to keep up with your favorite humans — for your own sanity. This gives our mind the break it needs to bring us back to a life of healthy conversation.