How Freelancers Look After Their Mental Health

I spent the first three years of my adult life as a freelancer. I loved the idea of designing graphics, but I did not receive formal training for it, so I assumed the only way that I could find clients who would trust me were the ones who wanted online workers.

During those three years, I instantly figured out why most people did not even want to try freelancing. It was not always because of the difficulty of making money through it. That’s honestly a fallacy, considering clients were willing to pay as much money as regular workers get, sometimes more. A more fitting reason is that freelancers’ mental health tends to suffer, especially when they come across awful projects with worse clients.

Here’s how freelancers can look after their mental health.


Know Your Value 

From the get-go, you need to realize how valuable your skillset is to a particular industry. That will allow you to set a decent rate for your services instead of letting the client pay peanuts.

For instance, since I had a profound scientific background, medical website owners wanted me to write articles and textbooks for them. Another friend of mine had an MBA, so companies needed him to conduct business reports and analyses. Thus, neither of us agreed to take on the job until we got our desired salary.


Avoid Accepting Every Job Offer

A typical error in new freelancers’ mindset is that they think it is essential to accept every job offer that comes their way. They tend to oversee the fact that some of them are from vulture-like individuals who want high-quality output but don’t want to pay fairly. Some say, “Newbies can’t be choosy.”

Well, I get that such workers want to do everything to jumpstart their career in the freelancing world. I also did the same when I was new, to the extent that I juggled three clients at once and barely had time to eat and sleep. However, doing so could reduce your work quality or, worse, make you feel unhappy in the end.

From one freelancer to another, you need to realize that not every job opportunity out there is a catch. Sometimes, it is better to apply for the projects you like than to accept whatever job that’s available.


Leave Troublesome Clients Behind

Let’s say that you already got your dream project in the bag. The client was willing to pay you a handsome amount every month, and you did not need to clock in hours as long as you delivered the output on time. However, if someone messed up, they loved scolding and embarrassing the employee in a group chat whenever they messed up.

Even in the freelance business, anyone can experience work bullying. Witnessing that happen to a co-worker entails that you may find yourself in their shoes sooner or later. 

You need not go through such a heart-aching experience, so you should leave troublesome clients behind. Otherwise, you will risk losing your interest in the job you love because of someone’s power-tripping habit.


Change Things Up If Need Be

Whoever said that multitasking is not recommendable – not even for freelancers – is only 50% correct. While it is true that not everyone can handle two or more projects at a time, some people need that variety to avoid going crazy. Doing a single task all day every day makes them feel dull and sad, to the extent that they ditch the freelance job and look for an office-based work.

So, if you feel like changing things up and get part-time jobs, go for it. It is not against the law to do that, you know. As long as you can fulfill your roles in every project without a hitch, you can multitask. 


Establish A Rest Day Or Two

Another thing that causes mental health problems among freelancers is their inability to get a full rest day or two. Since doing a freelance job does not always mean that you have set working hours or sometimes even a fixed salary, you may want to be available for as many hours as possible every day. Or, your goal is to earn a lot of money quickly, so you almost don’t sleep anymore while trying to complete multiple tasks daily.

By doing either, you must understand that you will see yourself burning out in no time. It is as if you have willingly gone into a small box and asked people to avoid helping you – there is no breathing room at all. You need to allocate 24 to 48 hours of your entire week to rest so that your mind and body can recuperate after subjecting both to too much stress.

Bottom Line

Being a freelancer is one of the most exciting roles you can ever play in this lifetime. But before you start taking on a job, you should know what your skill set is worth so that clients will never be able to scam you.

Good luck!


Counseling For Workaholics

That grandiose sense of self-importance that seems to be present in epidemic proportions in our society is related to the worst aspects of workaholism, so was perfectionism. — Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.

More than ever, the world has seen a large number of workaholics or those who are addicted to their work. Many factors are contributing to one’s work addiction however it doesn’t help that the society, in general, puts a premium on people who sacrifice everything for their work. In addition, with fast pace lifestyle and information overload, everyone is pressured to stay informed and knowledgeable about everything. It doesn’t help that markets are competitive and aggressive.


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Undecided And Confused About Career Choice – Talk To A Therapist


The teenage years are an exciting time for young people looking forward to having the career of their choice.  Parents significantly influence their children on what path to choose.   They can impact their kids both positively and negatively.  But no matter how much guidance and support parents give their kids, often they end up running in a completely opposite direction.   



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How To Be A Well-Equipped Woman According To A Psychiatrist

Education is said to be the cornerstone of a nation’s progress.  But still, in many countries, women and girls are deprived of their right to education despite the advancement that has taken place in the past 20 years.   

 After-school programs can increase your teenager’s long-term outlook on life and improve their potential to thrive as adults. But helping them find meaningful after-school programs can be challenging.  — Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.


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Be Happy By Avoiding Toxic People From The Workplace

If you think about how people define themselves, it is often by the roles they hold—dad, sister, mother, daughter, brother, husband, and so on. Our lives are built on the relationships we create. Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.

When it comes to establishing your career, it is essential that you know what you are passionate about. Be sure to determine what makes you happy so that it will be easier on your part to live the kind of life you have been dreaming of. Never settle for anything less as it will only take the happiness away in your system. Sometimes, no matter how hard you make an effort to love your job, there are some instances wherein the people around you are giving you some reasons to be unhappy. Well, do not worry because you can always avoid these toxic people.


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The Mindset Towards Success (Psychiatry Discussion) 

There are people out there that are skillful and talented on a lot of things but can’t seem to accomplish anything. They don’t acknowledge the idea that even if the body has its limitations, the mind continues to look for ways. They focus so much on physical attributes and yet forget that the ideas and thoughts all start in the mind. Success needs mental readiness because without it, no one can become physically prepared.

We currently live in a perfection-driven society that strongly values talent and the achievement of goals.  However, recent surveys show that very few people set realistic goals for themselves and for those that do, an even smaller percentage are ever able to achieve them. —



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5 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout


We hustle and bustle through our days, often forgetting that these passing hours, weeks, and months are what constitute our lives. — Teyhou Smyth Ph.D., LMFT

Burnout – yes, that feeling where you feel you’ve been burned up from the inside out. We all have this sense of something we just don’t have a name for, but I believe most, if not all, have experienced burnout one way or another.

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Optimizing Your Home Office For Productivity


Working from home has a lot of upsides. That includes having the freedom to create your own workspace, something that you can truly say your own. Aside from this, however, you need to make sure your home office is a place that encourages productive work. After all, it isn’t just your will that affects how you work but your surrounding as well.

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5 Tips To Increase Productivity When Telecommuting

Facing The Challenges Of Working From Home Headlong

I’ve been working from home – telecommuting, as the technical term says it – for the past 6 or 7 years now. Freelancing gave me the opportunity to work while having an active presence in my family’s life. I think of telecommuting as killing two birds with one stone. I’m able to earn and take care of my family both at the same time.

…from a study conducted by Telework Research Network, thirty million people telecommute or work from home at least one day per week, which is expected to increase by 63% in 2018. In addition, of the three million Americans who work exclusively from home, 54% claim to be happier than those who do not. — Joanne Broder Sumerson Ph.D.


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