Keeping tabs on mental health is key for the self-employed

by spicyray


verybody knows that mental health is important, right? But did you know that many people ignored their mental health due to stress and anxiety? According to statistics, 7-8 million adults in the USA suffer from serious mental health diseases, such as depression and anxiety. That number is only growing, as many people work for themselves.

“For four years technology startup analyzed how sexist barriers and isolation affected self-employed women,” writes Alice Broster.  “They found that one in five self-employed women had considered suicide and one quarter said their mental health was bad. While historical research has highlighted that self-employed people are at a higher risk of poor mental health, this skyrocketed when looking at the difference between women and men.”

It may seem impossible, but there are ways to be self-employed while also looking after your mental health. Your mental health isn’t something you should sacrifice for your career, and here are some ways to protect it:

Know Thyself:

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Everyone has their natural hours of the day when they are most productive — some people are morning people, while others prefer late nights. Pay attention to when your energy levels are highest, and then try to schedule chunks of your most important work to know you’ll be at peak performance.

Schedule time for yourself:

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photo by Brandy Kennedy

If you are working from home, chances are there’s someone around all the time. Whether it’s your spouse or kids, there’s always someone in your house who will need something from you at some point during the day. If you’re not careful, this can become stressful and lead to anxiety or even depression. The best way to avoid this is by getting some time to yourself each day. Even if it’s just an hour or two, make sure you get away from everyone else and take a walk or do something that will help clear your mind and recharge your batteries.

Don’t work in bed:

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photo by Garett Mizunaka

It can be tempting to stay in bed all day when you work for yourself, especially when you need to work during the night or early morning. However, we would suggest you avoid working in bed at all costs. This is because your bed should be a place of relaxation, where sleep is the only thing going on. By working in bed, you are making it difficult for your brain to relax when it comes to sleep, leading to stress and insomnia.

Identify your triggers:

Identifying your triggers is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health when you work for yourself. By knowing what causes your stress and anxiety, you can work on avoiding them in the future or find ways to mitigate their effect on your life and well-being.

Ultimately, the most important aspects of protecting your mental health will depend on you when you work for yourself. For some people, this might mean finding ways to distract themselves from their work when needed. It might mean learning to accept that solitude is not a bad thing for others. Remember that your business is part of your life. So don’t neglect any other aspect of your life because of your work. Instead, learn what you need to do to ensure that every aspect of your life is healthy and balanced—and then commit to making it happen.

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