November 2, 2012 by Vicki
I have discovered something surprising. Working for yourself is STRESSFUL! Today is my first full day working as a freelance writer. It seems counter-intuitive; once you remove the Boss-factor shouldn’t you have also removed the stress. But no, working for yourself is stressful because everything relies upon you. It doesn’t matter what happens; if there is a problem I am the only one who can fix it. I am also totally responsible for noticing everything.
Would I go back to my office job: nope, not worth it. As long as I make enough money to survive, I am in this to stay. Why? Freelancing allows me to control my own hours and lets me work from a comfortable environment. If something happens that raises my stress level; I can immediately act to reduce my stress levels. In honour of this fact, I decided to write today’s post on how to manage stress.
My first recommendation for stress-relief is to make your workspace as you-friendly as possible. I have candles and incense burning and a cup of tea perpetually beside me. I also have a corkboard full of pictures, saying and tokens that all represent different aspects of my own personality. My environment helps me to decrease my stress while I am working.
Work, however, creates its own brand of stress that sometimes environments just can’t override. Once I reach that point, I grab my dog, Lucy, and head off for a walk. Dogs are wonderful listeners, and they never repeat what you tell them. J I recommend a fast-paced walk if at all possible. I want all of the energy raised by my increased stress to go into powering my walk. Once I am home again, I find myself revitalized and relaxed. Another of my secret stress relievers is to just walk away. The work will still be there in five minutes or half an hour. I will take however long necessary to stop stressing and be able to start thinking again. I find that if I am totally stressed; I think in circles like a hamster on a wheel. I, literally, can’t see the solution. If I walk away and take a breather, then I come back and the solution jumps right out at me.
I suspect I shall need all of my stress relievers in the next couple of weeks. I have discovered my course of action has a very steep learning curve. How do you decrease stress? I really need all the solutions I can have. Also, what do you find causes the most stress in your day? Lately, mine is non-compatible technology. I use one service where I have to use one browser to upload files and a different browser to open messagesL! Share your stress busters and stress bringers in the comments down below.