Smutlancers and Mental Health

episode 35 of the Smutlancer podcast discusses mental health as a smutlancer

In this week’s episode, let’s start talking about a big and important topic — mental health, smutlancing, and trying to make the two work together. I’m not an expert, and I don’t know what you should do, but I feel like I’ve learned a few truths about my own mental health. And how to still go after my goals. Mostly, I want anyone listening to know they’re not alone and their mental health isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Since this is such a big topic, no one should think this is the only conversation we’ll have about mental health and the smutlancing life. But it’s a start.

In this episode:

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by QuickBooks Self Employed
  • None of this should be taken as professional or medical advice about your mental health. Please see a doctor or therapist if you need to.
  • I can’t tell anyone what to do about their own mental health as a smutlancer or creator — I can only tell you what I know about myself.
  • Since 2016, when I faced my own mental health problems, I learned several truths:
    • Once your mental health begins to impact your daily life — personally and professionally, ignoring it doesn’t help.
    • High functioning mental illnesses are still things that have to be dealt with.
    • Taking care of my mental health is as important, if not more so, than taking care of my physical health.
    • Mental health has to be navigated all the time. Pretending it doesn’t matter never ends well.
    • Being patient with myself is the best thing I’ve ever done.
    • Creating, working, and mental illness can function together, but we suffering for our “art” only hurts us.
    • Modifying what you do for your mental health isn’t a weakness. It’s a smart business move.
    • My health — physical and mental — forced me to learn patience.
    • Whatever works for you — medication, therapy, etc — is valid. There’s no single right way to help yourself.

Links from the show:

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom — Kink Aware Professionals

QuickBooks Self Employed (affiliate link — get 50 percent off the price for a year)

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KaylaLords.com

Loving BDSM

Masturbation Monday

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Kayla Lords

Kayla Lords is a freelance sex writer, podcaster, blogger, all-around sex content creating human, and she really likes creating content. As a writer, she focuses on sex and kink primarily on BDSM and power exchange. She works with private clients to write their content and manage their social media, while also co-hosting two podcasts, running a YouTube channel, and managing multiple blogs. Let's just say, she stays busy and wants to keep it that way. Kayla is an international speaker and an award-winning sex blogger. She believes we are stronger together as a community than we are isolated and apart. We all deserve to get paid for the work we do, but until we understand our cumulative power, we'll all wonder if we're "the only one" doing this smutlancing thing.

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