I might be the wrong person to write about this.
I was never really good with emotions, although nobody really sees this on-screen.
Pair this up with the urgency to maintain my source of income, and you have a dangerous situation.
Yes, freelancing can be stressful. Its challenges can bring you to tears, leaving you wondering if you’re really cut out for this.
It’s looking for your first client, the key to breaking into the industry as a solo professional.
It’s spending long hours applying for freelance jobs, yet coming home rejected.
It’s chasing after the deadbeats who just decided to bolt and leave you without paying for your hard work.
It’s the nasty client who micro-manages you like crazy, bringing down your productivity, creativity, and motivation to work for him.
Makes you want to bang your head against your desktop crying, doesn’t it?
Let your frustrations take over just for tonight.
Release those tears, no matter how embarrassing it feels.
Everyone has their breaking points, and it can be unnerving when you suddenly find yourself at the peak of your patience.
And believe it or not, that’s the first step to overcoming these feelings. You bravely acknowledge them, and in doing so, you begin to accept your imperfections and your strengths.
Your Emotional Outlets
Of course, you would have to get back to work soon.
The next step would be to think of ways to overcome the pain. These are what I would call “emotional outlets.”
It’s when you need to get a hold of yourself, to think rationally and carefully. In my case, this is when my abilities to stay calm and composed are tested.
Because whenever I’m feeling distressed over my freelance business, I can’t work anymore.
That’s right. I would put down the pen or leave my laptop. My heart and mind are in too much of a frenzy to focus.
I’m usually an emotional and sensitive person. It’s my strength and my downfall as a freelancer.
To curb the emotions, I do any of the following things:
- Eating your favorite junk food, dessert, chocolate, ice cream, etc.
- Talking about the problem with someone, no matter who it is or how long it takes.
- Writing about it.
- Pacing around the house.
- Going out for a quick walk.
- Watching YouTube or staying in a cozy spot on your social media channels.
- Watching TV.
- Belting out to my favorite songs.
- Calculating my earnings this month.
- Searching on Google to read about how other people handle the same problem.
Of all these outlets, it is the last option that helps me cope with the pain the best.
You Will Survive
You’re probably doing the same things as well, or you have your own strategy when handling freelancing stress.
Whatever it is, and so long as it helps you think clearly and to come up with a game plan, do it.
Your will to survive the hurdles will help you overcome it all. Moreover, these trials will make you a stronger, wiser, and better freelancer than you ever thought you could be.
Facing a critical stage in your freelancing career now? Did you go through a big challenge in the past? Share your stories in the comments. I’d love to hear from you, plus it’s another great way to de-stress.