Self employment has always been the dream, and I am grateful I am able to live this life especially with my kids being so young. But being self-employed comes with an unstable income. The uncertainty can be very worrying and the worry could lead to serious anxiety if you let it. I have been a mum for over 5 years now, while running my online business by the side and I have picked up many ways of dealing with anxiety as a self-employed person. Here are a few of the ways I combat anxiety.
Save the money
Running your own business means sometimes it rains with money and sometimes it doesn’t. I have always been more of a saver than a spender, so that helped me in this self-employed journey. I always put money away just incase an unexpected bill comes up, or business becomes really slow the next month. Saving the left over money means I don’t worry about paying my bills the next month.
Ageing my money helps me deal with anxiety, and it is one tip I always recommend to business owners. Save that money. It may come in handy in a few months.
I don’t really talk about my faith on here because it is not a faith blog, but I believe in God. That faith helps me when anxiety comes knocking. I am a very spiritual person, and my active spiritual life helps me deal with issues that seem impossible.
It may not be your cup of tea but it works great for me. I can’t imagine living a life without my faith in God.
When you are working for yourself, it may be very hard to take out time for self-care. I have started paying more attention to my mental health and the extra attention helps me stay on top of my self-care, which helps get rid of any anxiety. It could be a nice long walk on a beautiful sunny day, or going for a relaxing massage at the spa, or watching a movie at the cinema.
Self care is very important especially when you are a 1 man team. If you are having issues with your mental health and want to read up more on this, check out Better Help for more information on who is best to speak with. Also, you can look into trying different self care products like a foot spa, massage chair to unwind, and the likes, in order to figure out the products that fit you.
Take your work seriously
I take my work very seriously and I think that helps me get a steady flow of income. I work every free time I get (more than 40 hours a week) and I believe I am the true definition of a hustler. Nowadays I try to take the as much time as I can afford to take off but I am always working. That helps me stay on top of my bills, keeps my mind busy and get rid of any anxiety.
Music is good way for me to escape all my problems. It is like food to my soul and I feed on it everyday. I love listening to good music. My Spotify playlists come in very handy. You can easily catch me typing up a post and listening to some cool songs.
How do you deal with anxiety as a self employed person? Do you have any tips to share?
Such a huge thing! It is so hard to stay motivated and upbeat as a self-employed person. Such great tips!
Thanks Liz. It can be so hard.
I am a self employed for a year now and I am happy because I can be with my family while doing my work at home. When anxiety attacks, my faith to God, prayers and listening to a praises song will help me fight my anxiety.
Oh good you have ways to deal with it.
I can totally relate as I usually feel anxious about things. Thank you for these tips. I just turned music on right now and yes, you’re right. It helps ease the mood.
Glad you like the tips.
Thank you so much for writing this post. I think sometimes those of us who are self-employed feel like we should be happy and productive all the time because we’re ‘living the dream.’
And great tips as well!
Glad you like the tips Evelyn.
Yes! I would totally say that there is a LOT of anxiety as a business owner. It really need to be talked about – glad you are doing so.
Yes. We need to talk about these issues some more.
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