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Top Three Wellness Techniques for Freelancers

13th August 2018

Working as a freelancer can be an incredible experience. After all, you get to work for yourself, when you want and wherever you want! Of course, it isn’t that simple; you still have deadlines to hit, you can experience quiet, uncertain periods, and while working wherever you want is fun flexibility, it also comes with its own challenges. Challenges such as where will you be the most productive, and how can you truly keep yourself happy, healthy, and satisfied with your job? Embracing wellness techniques may sound like the latest trend, but studies have shown that they do work to ensure workers perform at the very best. What are these wellness techniques? Below are three to take on board today:

 

Take Regular Breaks

When you are working for yourself, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of working until you can do no more. Your productivity is what drives your business and brand, so you don’t want to disrupt it in any way. However, taking regular breaks is essential to ensure your mind is refreshed and ready to take on the next project. These regular breaks don’t have to include a week off every month, but you need to make time for yourself and to do things you want to, such as having a weekend off with your partner. During the working day, you also need to take a break. Getting up and taking five minutes away from your laptop can breathe new life into the project you are working on, as there’s nothing worse than staring at a blank document! If you choose to work in a co-working space such as The Brew, use your break time to network effectively with fellow freelancers, you never know who you might meet.

 

Embrace Lunchtime

Following on from taking regular breaks, embracing lunchtime and the wonder of healthy food can help reset and refresh your mind. It may be tempting to work through your lunch break, but this is a bad idea, as you don’t get a chance to take a moment away from the pressure of work. The food you choose, however, can have a direct effect on your mood and productivity. You may want to reach for the fast food when your project or day is not going to way you want, but research shows that fast food aids mental distress, rather than relieves it. Rather than reaching for chips, choose a healthy lunch such as salmon, rice and vegetables, your mind will thank you. Don’t forget to drink plenty of H2O during the day!

 

Decoration Matters

If you base your freelancing empire in your own home, what you adorn your walls with does matter. You don’t have to stick motivational posters across the room to feel the benefit, however. The colour you choose to paint your home office can work wonders for your productivity and mood. For example, the right shade of blue can create a calm, relaxed atmosphere, helping boost your mood so you can reach your work targets. Don’t forget to add personal items to your home office, to truly make it feel like it's your home!

Posted by Mark at 10:20am

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