Smutlancers and Mental Health

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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Loving BDSM

Masturbation Monday

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Kayla Lords

I am an erotic author, sex blogger, podcaster, freelance writer, an opinionated marketer, and a speaker with a focus on BDSM and D/s. Here at The Smutlancer, I help people who want to create content or products about sex get paid to do it. I'm sharing what I've learned as a freelancer and a sex blogger to build a career. You can find me online sharing my innermost sexual thoughts and experiences and helping kinksters have healthy BDSM relationships. I'm also a masochistic babygirl submissive with an amazing and sadistic Daddy Dom and business partner, John Brownstone.

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