Cooling it – Staving Off Workplace Stress

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Hello, my dear readers!

It’s been so nice to have some more visitors to the site recently. For those of you who don’t know, one of my articles has been featured on Upwork. So thank you, Upwork, and you, my new readers!

It’s hot in Canada right now; it’s far from the stereotypes of igloos and dogsleds (at least not where I live). No, it gets pretty bad.

Since the heat’s not going anywhere, maybe it’s time to talk about a different kind of cooling off – chilling out at the workplace.

Stress is a killer, so don’t let it get you! Take a look at a few tips here.

1. Make Friends With Your Stress

No, really. Look, unless you’re the luckiest so-and-so around and everything is provided for you the moment you need it, you’re always going to experience some level of stress. It’s just going to be there.

The Freelancers Union suggests we look at stress another way. Stress can be a driving force, a vehicle to get you where you need to go. With a combination of stress and a strong cup of tea, there’s nothing that can’t be done!

2. Communicate

This not only applies to your everyday relationships outside of work but with your clients as well. Don’t be afraid of looking stupid by asking too many questions. I don’t think it detracts from your professionalism or mine when we pose multiple questions to our clients in order to make their experience with us better.

The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!

3. Budget

We all stress about money. I’ve had some tough months and I’ve had some great months. If you find yourself dry on work, keep trying to find it. When you do and when (not if, but when) you find yourself in a good month again, set aside some money and keep it for a dry season. It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly possible, and I’m living proof!

4. Keep Marketing

To avoid slow periods, even when you find yourself slammed, keep sending out applications and queries to clients and prospects. Slow periods can be very stressful, but if you’re careful and keep at it each day, you can make that stress a thing of the past.

5. Stay Healthy!

I can’t stress (get it?) the importance of your health. When you find yourself stressed, it’s always  good to get enough sleep and exercise. They might seem like wastes of time at first, but don’t think of it that way. Think of it instead as a long-term investment for your well-being. Sure, at the moment you might not be getting work done, but maybe a little time away is just what you need.

Stay stress-free, fellow freelancers and readers!

How do you extinguish workplace stress? Discuss in the comments below! 

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– Adam

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