It is usual for a working person to burnout, and statistics show that freelancers are more prone to burnout compared to permanent employees who work in the corporate world. Nevertheless, if you understand the causes, symptoms, and related issues of burnout, you’re likely to avoid under productivity. This condition mostly arises where there is lack of balance in your working patterns. In many cases, freelancers do fear losing clients and this is one thing that makes them to keep working consistently - with little breaks. Yes, and when this is combined with negative emotions and a lizard brain mentality, freelancers burnout sooner than they can imagine.
A burnout can be caused by a number of issues, of which are interrelated in so many ways. The signs and symptoms do vary based on what is really affecting you so much. The main causes are both psychological and physical and each has specific signs of prolonged stress levels.
There are quite a number of freelancer burnout that you should have in mind, and myriad of solutions that you can apply when everything is headed in the wrong way. As stated before, the root causes can both be psychological or physical that has a direct impact on social and personal life.
The following are top 10 pointers that lead to this kind of condition:
There are quite a number symptoms that exhausted freelancers will exhibit at any given time. While some of these cut across board, some do only show in specific people. Generally, these symptoms can be tackled based on their root causes. These include the following behavioral changes; internet addiction include use of emails, food or drug abuse, procrastination, isolation, skipping work, and of course, taking your frustration to anyone you come across. In fact, there will also be withdrawal from serious responsibilities.
The physical symptoms will show in lack of appetite, frequent headaches, and weakened immune system, not to mention feeling tired most of the time even if you have not worked for long hours. If you are experiencing sleep disorder, then it can be due to burnout.
Exhausted freelancers can stare on their computer screen for a pretty long time without doing anything substantial. You can join a group of freelancers that you can meet with, or discuss it with your therapist. In fact, therapists are a top choice because they are highly trained psychologists who can offer insights into what is affecting you.
It is important to learn how to plan your work, and do the most important things first. Write down what you will do the next day before leaving your computer, large chunks of work can be easily completed within a short time. You can as well solicit the services of business coach to help you go through the entire process well. If not, try to avoid things that tend to increase your stress levels.
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