9 Self-Care Tips For People Who Are Self-Employed, According To Experts

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If you're self-employed or work predominantly from home, it can be challenging for your mental health. Self-employment can be a really rewarding career, but it involves a lot of pressure, uncertainty, rejection, and a lack of routine, and it can also encourage you to never get out of your sweatpants. People with traditional 9-to-5 jobs leave the house and come home on a regular schedule, have the chance to socialize with coworkers, and have a clear demarcation between working and off-time. But people in self-employed industries or who work remotely get a very different workplace experience, and that can have mental health consequences, such as depression and anxiety. Self-care tips for self-employed people are a practical necessity for folks in this career type.

"I tend to get anxious or depressed when things don't work out," PR consultant Melissa Remo tells Bustle, "because this business is all I have control over and it's what supports me. A lot of the time, it's all I can ever think about."

There are big advantages to striking out on your own, but there are also potential costs and things to keep in mind. However, there's a lot of advice around on how to keep a good mental equilibrium, whether you've just started self-employment or have been doing it for years. It's not unusual to struggle with self-employment's isolation and lack of routine, or to find it challenging; many people in self-employment experience both highs and lows, and that's part of the cycle. But it is important to manage your working time in ways that help you stay healthy and maintain a good relationship with your career.