5 Tips You Need to be Happy and Healthy as a Freelancer

Keep these tips in mind to have a happy, productive and well-balanced life as a VBO

We want you to be at your absolute best going into 2020. We want you to start the new year happy, healthy and energized so that you can get the most out of your VBO Lifestyle. The VBO Lifestyle isn’t just about work. It’s about the whole you, which includes your family, partner, friends, health, business, financial wellbeing, passion, community and spiritual needs. Our goal is to help you achieve balance in all of these things so that you can kick ass in the new year. That’s why we’re giving you five essential tips that you need to be happy and healthy as a freelancer. Moving on to tip number 1...

  1. Find or create a designated work space

When you work from home, it’s easy to let your bedroom or your living room couch become your office, but these places aren’t designed for work. They’re designed for leisure and relaxation, and so if your productivity is suffering, that’s probably why. Every work from home freelancer needs a designated area that is well lit and organized to set them up for success. The bedroom and living room are rife with distractions, so it’s a good idea to convert a spare bedroom, or a spare closet for that matter, into your work space. Alternatively, you can find a coworking space in your area or you can work from your favorite coffee shop or the local library. If you find your happy place that allows you to be the most productive and free from distractions, you’re sure to get more done than you would from your bed. 

  1. Go outside sometimes.

When you’re a work from home freelancer, you can rob yourself of sunshine if you’re not careful. Don’t stay cooped up in the house all day everyday. Go outside. Get some fresh air. A nice neighborhood walk everyday might be all you need to get your daily dose of vitamin D, so that you can come back to work energized with the creative juices pumping. Plus it’s good exercise, too. If you stay locked in your house most of the time, that can take a toll on your mental health. Going out into the elements can combat depression and break up the monotony of your work days. 

  1. Have a social life.

Being a VBO can get pretty lonely pretty quickly. You don’t have any office buddies to shoot the shit with. And if you’re never going outside (you may want to re-read item two if that’s you), you probably find yourself alone more often than not. You should strive to create a vibrant social life for yourself. Start going to events in your area. Volunteer for things. See what other freelancers nearby are up to. We’re building a great community of VBOs here at VBO Nation. Why not join our community and see if anyone is in your area? Go where people are and try to make friends. Kindergarteners do it all the time; it’s not as hard as you think. Being around others will boost your self-esteem and help you to become a happier, healthier freelancer. 

  1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

As your business starts taking off, you’re probably going to get more referrals and bigger projects. But you don’t want to overburden yourself with the weight of your work. Know what is within your capacity and what isn’t. If you want to take on a larger project, work with other VBOs to get the job done. But don’t get into the habit of taking on more than what you can deliver. Putting unnecessary pressure on yourself only contributes to stress and a stressed out VBO is neither healthy nor happy. Keep your priorities in check and don’t think that you have to do it all. You can’t do it all anyways, so know when to say no and know when to ask for help. 

  1. Take time for you.

VBOs can get lost in an endless cycle of work fairly quickly if they’re not careful. You need to make time for yourself away from work. Set aside a day or two each week — doesn’t have to be the weekends if you like working weekends to catch up for Monday — and do something you love. Enjoy a day of golf, go for a hike, spend time on a home project, rediscover your favorite hobby. Whatever you choose to do, protect that time for yourself and use it to stay balanced. Work-life balance is integral to the VBO Lifestyle. And by taking time away for yourself each week, you give yourself time to breathe, recharge and rejuvenate for your next work day. 

Being happy and healthy is important to a well lived life. Ensure that you’re taking care of your body and mind as well. Eat well. Sleep seven to eight hours every night and find time for exercise at least three times a week. That way you’ll keep yourself in tip top shape to deliver prime results everyday. So, incorporate these five tips and watch how your life changes. You’ll be happier, healthier and ready to take on 2020 like a champion!

Chantel Baul

I’m a skilled communicator with more than four years’ experience in digital and print content creation, who has a keen ability to adapt messages for diverse audiences. I have demonstrated proficiency in editorial writing conventions, social media strategy, brand reputation management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. I’m a driven and progressive researcher with an aptitude for storytelling. I'm also a proud Public Affairs Officer in the United States Army Reserve.

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