It can be hard to stay healthy when you are busy, especially if you are a busy freelancer. While freelancers are able to set their own work hours and work schedule, in reality, it doesn’t always turn out as desired. Some freelancers struggle to maintain the right work-rest balance, especially when a deadline is near.
However, it is important for freelancers to take care of their own health. Working at home means that you are already less active than the other people who have to go out every day at least to get to their work and back.
Moreover, working as a freelance writer means that you spend all your workday sitting in front of your computer and staring at the screen, straining your eyes and not getting enough physical activity. This could lead to unpleasant consequences, from weight gain to muscle strain and various other illnesses.
This is why it’s especially important for freelance writers to mind their health. Here are some easy tips to take care of yourself and avoid health issues.
Not all freelancers have a schedule. Some prefer working when they feel like doing so – for example, in the morning one day and in the evening the other day. While not having a schedule might seem more pleasant and less stressful than a fixed one, it isn’t good for you. When you don’t have a schedule you might find yourself working more than you should and also putting aside your daily healthy routines because you suddenly have too much work to do.
So, create a schedule and stick to it. It can stabilize your life a bit and allow you to find more time for things that actually matter to your health such as physical exercise. If you know that you finish working at 4 PM each day, you can easily schedule a gym for 6 PM and be sure you won’t miss it.
Exercise is good for our health, but it could be dangerous too if you don’t know how to do it correctly. If you aren’t experienced in this, I recommend going to a gym instead of trying to work out at home. Gym coaches will show you how to do everything right and avoid traumas and exhaustion.
Moreover, when you have to exercise at home, you might find yourself tempted to skip a workout or to make it shorter because the home atmosphere is too relaxing. Of course, some people are able to fight this temptation successfully, but for many others it would simply be easier to start working out somewhere else.
We know that eating healthy is important but still, we sometimes find it easier to eat something less healthy but quicker to cook. In order to avoid this poor habit and maintain a healthy diet, you should start planning your meals ahead. If you know what you are going to eat today, you’ll find it less tempting to grab the first snack you see.
Moreover, this will help you plan the whole cooking process better. Maybe it’ll be easier for you to cook some dishes the evening before or maybe you’ll be able to cook them right before you eat.
It is important to get enough sleep every night. When you get enough sleep, your brain will function better and you’ll find it easier to concentrate on your work. There isn’t a fixed amount of sleep or nap time one should get—it depends on a person. But, you probably know exactly how many hours you have to sleep to feel fresh and rested. Stick to this number of hours every day.
It is also important to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. To ensure you sleep at the same time, create your own sleeping routine that will make you feel more relaxed and willing to fall asleep. For example, spend a few minutes before bed reading, listen to relaxing music, and so on.
These days we spend a lot of time working on computers, which obviously can affect our eyesight. While you cannot change the way you work, you at least can take better care of your eyes.
Try to pick glasses designed especially for people who work on computers; they can protect your eyes and reduce the damage caused by light from the computer screen. Eye gymnastics helps too. You can find eye gymnastics online. Practice it every day to maintain good eyesight and prevent visual problems.
All of these tips are simple and won’t take much of your time. They will, however, help you remain a healthy person, full of energy and able to successfully complete your daily work and tasks.
If you have more tips on how to stay healthy when you are a freelancer, please share them with us in a comment section below!
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