Freelancing Stress 3.0


Are freelancers more stressed than ever before? Do you feel stress building, building, building…until you feel nearly overwhelmed?

While we freelancers do have some natural stress reduction built into their job (such as no commute, control over hours and projects, not dealing with coworkers, etc., …), there is some evidence that freelancers may be facing more stress than ever before.

If you’re feeling more stressed than ever, you are probably part of this growing trend. You may be facing Freelancing Stress 3.0. Yet, despite the prevalence of stress, we freelancers don’t talk about it nearly enough.

In this post, I’ll explain why you may be feeling more tension now than before. I’ll also gather some resources about handling freelancing stress that you might find helpful.

The Usual Suspects

Some stress has always been a part of freelancing and will likely always be a part of freelancing. Here are some of the usual suspects that cause freelancers to experience stress:

To be honest, many of these stressors exist for non-freelancers too. For example, non-freelancers may face project deadlines, have trouble with their finances, or get sick. Everyone, whether they are freelancing or not, has to deal with some stress in life.

The usual suspects have been stressing us out for a long time and aren’t likely to go away any time soon.

The New Players

In the past year, or so, global factors have emerged that may cause freelancers to experience additional stress that they may not have experienced in the past.

The new players are stressors that have developed as a result of the rapidly changing world freelancers (and everybody) lives in. While these specific stressors may change over time, change is accelerating and you can expect others to take their place.

11 More Resources to Help You Handle Stress

Stress is a huge problem and it seems inevitable, but what can you do about it? I’ve put together 11 helpful resources to provide you with more information. Bookmark these lists and return to them when you are feeling especially stressed. Some of these tips may help you cope.

Here are five posts on stress from Freelance Folder that you might find helpful:

  1. How to Overcome Freelancing Stress
  2. 10 Ways to Zap Freelancing Stress Now
  3. Stress and the Freelance Writer
  4. 7 Freelancer Stress-Busters You Can Use Today
  5. 8 Worries That May Cause You to Miss Out on Your Freelancing Journey

Here are six additional posts about stress from other blogs:

  1. Give Money Away to Relieve Financial Stress from LifeHacker
  2. Technostress – The Freelancers Disease? from Specky Boy
  3. How To Beat The Stress When Working From Home from Dumb Little Man
  4. This Wednesday: 20 very easy tips for lowering your daily stress level. from The Happiness Project blog
  5. 27 Secrets to Avoid Internet Burnout from Men with Pens
  6. About.com Stress Management from About.com’s Stress Management site

Finally, it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes overcoming stress requires professional help. If your stress levels don’t seem to be manageable no matter what you do, then you may need to seek out the services of a mental health professional.

Your Turn

How do you handle freelancing stress? Do you feel more, or less, stressed than you did a year ago?

Share your answers in the comments.

Related posts:

  1. How to Overcome Freelancing Stress
  2. 10 Ways to Zap Freelancing Stress Now
  3. Stress and the Freelance Writer

Source http://freelancefolder.com/?p=17150
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:30:00 GMT
Tags: freelancing challenges, Lifestyle, Mental Health, stress,
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