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Anxiety and how I’m tackling it

Working for yourself is very rewarding but if it was easy everyone would do it!

People always say to me that I am lucky to work for myself and be my own boss.  I always disagree with them and say that this has nothing to do with luck at all, it’s through sheer hard work.

I used to work a regular 9-5 job, I had 30 days a year holiday and when 5pm came I was free to do whatever I chose until 9am the next day.

Working for yourself is a very different world – I would like to point out right now that I am not saying that I miss the 9-5 job I would not change what I have for anything, I love what I do.

Working for yourself does not have 9-5 hours – sometimes it can be a 2 hour day and sometimes it can be a 12 hour day.  The thing is though, is that anytime to spend on your business is your money and not some big boss.

I regularly work 10-12 hour days and sometimes weekends – because of the job I do, sitting behind a computer screen for this number of hours can be very tiring and is not very good on the eyes or other health reasons.  You should really have a 20 min break for every 4 hours behind a screen.  I know this but I don’t do this – what then happens over time is that I become tired and and my anxiety kicks in.

So as it’s a new year I have decided to change things and the way that I work.

I don’t mind getting up and logging in at 7am nor do I mind working until midnight (I actually work better in the evenings)

What I do need to do is give myself some periods of time away from the computer during the day.

I have decided to set up another business – I know you are probably thinking!

“What the hell?”

“You just said that you don’t have enough time as it is, are you a fool?”

No I’m not and I think I have been quite clever!

I have set up a dog walking business – yes you heard me right “a dog walking business”

The reasoning is simple:

  1. I love dogs
  2. I’m getting away from the computer screen and also getting fresh air
  3. I am improving my fitness and eliminating health issues
  4. Because I have dogs booked in it means that I have to do it – no excuses
  5. I am still getting paid for the time away from the computer

I plan to do this for 3-4 hours per day – this means when I get back to my desk I am fully refreshed and ready to crack on because I have had “Headspace”.

I can completely switch off for a few hours.

It is still in the early stages but from the few hours I have done I am seeing a big improvement in my sleep and ability to concentrate.

I am sharing this with because as I mentioned earlier I suffer with anxiety – my anxiety is triggered with lack of sleep, my sleep is disturbed because I don’t ever stop to unwind or relax – I don’t switch off!

If you are reading this and are seeing a similar pattern to your life maybe you should look at doing something that you enjoy, that you can be paid for as a sideline to divert your attention somewhere else for a while.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

By |2018-01-28T17:57:49+00:00January 27th, 2018|The Tribe|0 Comments

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