Work – life balance is a must in the routine of a freelancer.
There are plenty of articles that say it can’t be achieved, but let’s stick to the bright side and see a couple of ways through which this can be possible.
Plus a cool infographic at the end of the article.
Keep Your Mind and Body in Shape
Yoga is getting more and more popular since there are plenty of types of Yoga that serve different purposes: beginners, relaxation, meditation or even weight loss. Contrary to the looks of it, this type of body movement is very hard on the body muscles and if done right, should activate all of your muscle groups, kind of like skiing. Yoga can help you in your free time but also at work when you find yourself in a stressful moment.
Giving yourself 10 minutes at home to clear your mind with some neutral music on the background and focusing on the sound of your breath could simply do wonders for your overall mood and it can help relieve the overall stress and muscle tension accumulated throughout the day.
Save Up For the Occasional Pampering
Everyone enjoys pampering in their lives, be it at home, at a salon or simply by going to a healthy food bar or café. What better way to start your Sunday or Saturday morning than with a massage or with an organic vegan breakfast at your favorite bistro on the beautiful main boulevard buzzing with people?
p.s. Leave the gadgets at home!
p.p.s. If you’re not the spa or bistro type, check out these resources for inspiration on what to do in your free time (regularly updated):
Give Yourself Some Time Off
It’s easy to get caught in the daily routine of a freelancer. Fit yourself into your tiring schedule and you’ll see that there’s no harm in taking a longer bath or shower or simply going for a run in the morning before breakfast. If you own a car, try passing by the pool in the evening for at least a half an hour. This takes a bit of sacrificing some TV or late social media runs, but I think you’ll agree that putting yourself first is much better in this case. Might sound a bit selfish but it helps do the trick, for sure.
Another take on the subject could be reviving some old hobbies or taking that design class that you always wanted to do, pick up that book you’ve left abandoned. Taking time off for yourself doesn’t always mean mind–relaxing activities, but different ways to maintain your creativity and mental agility outside of your freelancing work. At one point, you’ll discover that work will not be enough, so you need to blow off some creative steam in some other way.
The Key to Balance?
Well, it’s mainly you and your willpower to not forget to think about yourself and what you need. It sounds selfish but at the same time, all of us get so absorbed by our daily tasks that we forget to care for the most important individual out of the crowd: ourselves.
So, if you’re done with reading and applying these tips for your freelancing work-life balance, check out this great infographic from Invoice2go, about the future of the freelancing workforce.
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