Working in creative fields takes a toll on confidence. Many people choose a work-from-home life due to physical or mental illnesses and disabilities. Wanting to reach your goals so bad you can almost taste it can drive you to work long hours and miss out on much needed rest and relaxation.
What does it all mean?
I haven’t met a smutlancer yet that didn’t need to think about their own self care.
Working for yourself is no joke and if you do it with a family, a demanding life, chronic conditions, anxiety, depression, or anything else, you’re going to exhaust yourself.
Forget the hustle and grind culture that tells you sleep is for the weak. Ignore social media and all the motivational quotes that make you feel bad for resting and taking breaks.
In order to achieve your goals, you’re going to have to take care of yourself.
Self Care as a Way to Be More Productive: Why should you focus on taking care of yourself? If “because it’s good for you” isn’t enough, imagine what it could do for accomplishing your goals.
Dealing With Your Own High Expectations: Wanting big things and working hard to get them isn’t a bad thing. But when your too-high expectations don’t allow you to see what you’re accomplishing, that’s a problem.
4 Things to Do When Imposter Syndrome Strikes: You know that feeling of not being good enough or deserving your success? That’s imposter syndrome and it hits most smutlancers at some point. Here’s what you can do about it.
The Problem with Perfectionism: Have anxiety? Like things to be “just right?” Think mistakes are somehow a personal failing? You might be a perfectionist. I know I am, and it’s something I have to deal with all the time.
5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed and Stressed: Stress is part of the smutlancing life. Anytime you work for yourself, you feel it. But being stuck in those feelings isn’t good for you.
Smutlancers and Mental Health: In this podcast episode, I talk about my own struggles with mental health and share a few things I think we can do to help ourselves as smutlancers.
On the Care and Feeding of Your Smutlancer: I wrote this after a particularly stressful time trying to juggle multiple projects and meet my deadlines. It’s an attempt to be funny; I’ll let you decide if I managed it.