Is Freelancing Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health?
As much as freelancing might have gained momentum in recent years, this particular post is no good news for freelancers or those mulling freelance in the near future. With the advent of time freelancing is being increasingly associated with poor mental health. The main reason attributed is the nature of work itself. As one of the famous freelance writers has put it – sometimes a week’s irregularity “bleeds” into months of irregular work often prompting them to think that there is little time before their savings will be burnt.
The start of the freelancing journey can however be comforting. You know that you are not necessarily required to log in at an exact time. You are not required to run after buses or other means of transport. That you will not have a regular source of earning to bank on – doesn’t really turn out to be a source of anxiety at first. The fact that you have actually embraced a mentally challenging lifestyle doesn’t sink in right at first only to take a monstrous shape with time. Documented below are the reasons why freelancing is often linked to mental health problems or depression.
The thin line between “home” and “office” blurs
Workoholism takes a whole new dimension when you are working from home. People working at office can actually afford to not to bring work home. However, that often doesn’t happen when you are actually working from home. Freelancers are often found being immersed in e-mails or messages even at their dinner table. As such, they often end up experiencing exhaustion, back ache and other physical problems that take a toll on mental health.
The stakes are higher
Financial vagaries are definitely one of the cons of freelancing. As per reports, most of the contract, nontraditional and freelance workers end up earning less than regular job holders with the same level of skills – and of course even when the former are working greater hours. It has further been opined that only a very insignificant portion of the freelance workers are able to “out-earn” their friends with regular jobs.
Do we even need to elucidate the ill-effects of financial discrepancies on mental health and consequently on your physical health?
Home offices remain an excellent proposition but only till the time you start taking social isolation into the whole equation. Come to think about a situation where you’re expected to deliver the same level of performance everyday (in order to live up to the financial ceiling set by you) without really getting a chance to unwind with friends or colleagues! You are hardly getting a scope to meet new people beyond your computer screens. This is one of those obvious factors leaving an adverse impact on your prospects and eventually on your health as well.
Make sure that you are going out on every weekend or for that matter whenever you are managing some free time. Get in touch with friends. Do what you like to do – in short, take your mind off from your work to ensure that your health is right on track.