Freelancing and depression

Found this fascinating read  about the pros and cons of freelancing when you have depression.

The cons are fairly straightforward. Being by yourself in your house means that if you’re on your way into a bad spot, there’s no colleague to say, “Hey, are you OK?” And not having to force a smile on means you could spiral into negativity faster.

But those same drawbacks are also what some freelancers with depression find liberating.

“For me, not having to get suited and booted every day isn’t just a perk, it’s a necessity, because some days I just don’t have the energy,” writes Rin Hamburgh. “The fact that I don’t have to slap on a fake smile and spend all day with a group of people who almost certainly don’t understand what I am dealing with, is an incredible relief.”

Self-employed consultant Eva Menezes Cunningham says that the flexibility that comes from freelancing is also a huge bonus. “I’ve learned to listen to my body and mind more,” she says. “I can work crazy hours some of the time and take it easier when I feel the warning signs of burnout. It is much better for me to be able to control my own work and lifestyle rather than being back in a corporation.”

Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay: a self-care checklist

This image has been going viral lately and while it is not, not, NOT a cure-all, especially for serious depression, I think part of the reason it’s going viral is because sometimes we forget about the basics of self-care, and they can make a huge difference. As the original creator said, this stuff is “the low-hanging fruit that can clog our ability to cope with everything else, so that we can tackle the hard stuff.”

As freelancers, even if we’re not depressed depressed, keeping these self-care reminders around for days that you just can’t get anything done–or conversely, days that are so hectic that you never leave your desk–can do wonders for your mental state.