Working and living from home can be tough. Although it’s incredible to work in a comfortable space of your own and be your own boss, it can get lonely, and you can end up blurring the lines between working and spending time in your home relaxing. Here’s how to look after your personal wellbeing if you’re a home-based blogger.
Don’t Blur The Lines
It’s very easy to start overworking or doing the opposite. Your home is your home, but it’s also your workplace. So if you wake up at 8 and start working at 9, try and work alongside normal working hours. Working for longer will only burn you out and might end up with you hating it.
When it comes to the space you’re working in, keep it in your office space or somewhere that is the ‘work zone’. Don’t take it into the bedroom or onto your sofa because then every aspect of your home becomes a workspace. The last thing you want is to end up hating your home!
Learn To Say No
This kind of relates back to the overworking part. You need to learn when to say no and put your foot down. When you rely on yourself for work, you may want to take anything and everything which is normal when you first start out. However, you don’t want to be taken advantage of, so if something seems like it’s going to be too much for what’s on your plate already, say no thanks and move on. Don’t stress yourself out because you never know what new opportunities may come round the corner.
Make Time For Relaxing
With a blog business, you are your own boss. Not many of your friends or family members can say that, but it also means that you don’t get the benefits you’d get with a full-time job. No sick pay or holiday leave, which means you need to make time for relaxing. If you feel sick, don’t be afraid to give yourself a day off and when you need a break, book yourself off for a few days.
A bit of self-care and pampering is going to lift your mood and mental health, both of which are very important to your work productivity. So it’ll only help you in the long run. Run a bath and read a good book with a glass of wine. Watch your favourite movie with a takeout.
Meet Up With Friends
Working from home means there’s no human interaction with colleagues because you might not have any. Yes, we have the power of the internet now where we can message our friends and have a conversation, but it’s not like the real thing. Take the time to meet up with friends and perhaps any old work colleagues who can give you all the latest gossip going on in the office. Time for physical connections is important because we all need it, so never sacrifice it.
Blogging from home is so much fun and gives you so many amazing opportunities, but never that get in the way of your health and wellbeing.