When you work a regular 9-5 you simply leave work at the end of the day and are able to relax, but when you’re a freelancer you can never truly leave work. This can make it incredibly difficult to relax when you are actually constantly being reminded of the fact that there is more work to do, and we all know that there is always more work to be done. So to make relaxing a little easier for us freelancers, I have a few tips prepared.
A tech detox
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be attached to either my phone or my laptop 24/7, and often both of them simultaneously. So a great way to let go of work completely is simply shutting these devices down, this way you won’t see all the work email coming in, reminding you of your job. And instead of watching Netflix on your laptop you can reside to reading a book, taking a long hot bath, taking a walk or any other non-tech relaxing activity that you enjoy doing.
Create yourself a schedule
This doesn’t sound very relaxing, and although it isn’t necessarily, it will make relaxing more easily. As a freelancer, you don’t have any set worktimes, which can cause you to work around the clock, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t set your own worktimes. If you create a schedule of when to work, and when to be free, then it will be a lot easier to shut down work once the clock hits 5.
Set a routine to shut down from work
Going from work-mode straight into chill-mode is close to impossible so a routine can help you with this. Some things to include could be getting into your pyjamas, stretching, taking a warm shower or brewing yourself a cup of tea. Whatever signals your brain that it is time to relax belongs in this routine. And if you keep up the habit of performing your routine once you finished work, relaxing will start to come more and more natural.
Take a day off every once in a while
For us freelancers it’s not uncommon to work weekends too, and if we start doing this, it’s easy to be sucked into a habit of working continuously without having fun. A way to avoid this is planning days, or half-days, on which you will not work but do something fun or relaxing. You could go to lunch with a friend, or spend a day at the spa, whatever floats your boat. Make sure that these days are non-negotiable and you do not work anyway because of your ever-growing to-do list.
Through using these methods it can become easier for you to relax and unwind from work regularly. We can’t be working all the time, that will tear us down eventually and possibly leave us burned out. So make sure to take your downtime whenever you need it.