Working from Home Quarterly Report – Q1 2021

Freelance work provides more flexibility than 9-5 jobs. In other words, most of the day is less structured than traditional employment.

Some people view it as a positive, but it can be challenging for most people. It’s not easy to keep track of multiple projects and deadlines at the same time by yourself.

As a freelancer myself, I have experienced burnout such as work aversion, lack of concentration, mood swings, headaches, etc.

In this Working from Home Quarterly Report, I’ll share my freelance lifestyle and how I prevent burnout. First, I’ll talk about my main causes of stress in this quarter and my health & wellness issues caused by stress. Then, I’ll move on to my self-care practices to improve the problems!

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Causes of Stress

I’m experiencing difficulty finding new clients now. To scale my freelance business, I need to get into a wide variety of industries because “newbies” are unwelcome. And also, a lot of graphic designers are shifted to product designers. Yes, a new tech skill is required again! I feel so behind in my career… frustrating.

Problems

  1. Can’t sleep

When I think too much, I can’t sleep. My sleep cycle is completely broken lately.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults (26 to 64 years old) are recommended to sleep 7-9 hours, 6 – 10 hours may be appropriate, and less than 6 hours not recommend. (1)

Average Sleep Needs by Age

AgeHours NeededMay be appropriate
4 to 11 months old12 – 1510 – 18
1 to 2 years old11 – 149 – 16
3 to 5 years old10 – 138 – 14
6 to 13 years old9 – 11 7 – 12
14 to 17 years old8 – 1011 – 17
18 to 25 years old7 – 96 – 11
26 to 64 years old7 – 96 – 10
65+7 – 85 – 9
Credit: Nector

2. Tension

I’m in the middle of a web application development project and often sit in front of the computer 8 to 12 hours a day.

My eyes are red like a rabbit, my back is hard as a rock. Since it’s difficult to make an appointment with massage therapy (because of the social distance things, the waitlist is super long) my back pain is getting worse…

3. Weight loss

For many people, stress can have a direct impact on their weight. I lost 9 pounds in 3 months. In my case, stress leads to missed meals and poor food choices. I know, it’s a bad habit…

Self-Care Practices

  1. Stay focused on what I can control

I decided to update my portfolio website. I also participated Google Career Certificates web seminar to learn their new UX design course.

2. Plan travel

I usually work 3-6 months straight and rest for 3 months. Return to work for another 3-6 months. Quit and repeat. I don’t have another contract after April. I will be completely unemployed. (Unemployment is my lifestyle) So, I’m thinking about taking a vacation, maybe a week.

3. Working a side hustle

A side hustle is a great source of supplemental income when I don’t have a freelance project. I’m currently working on reselling and dropshipping business. I believe that creating additional sources of income is one of the best financial safety nets for anyone, not only freelancers.

Taking small steps to create financial safety nets will give you more choices. Having multiple choices help you to make smarter decisions. Here is my previous side hustle income report!

You can sneak peek at my reselling and dropshipping business on Instagram.

4. Get new items

I purchased a Massage Gun and Monitor Stand. Massage guns are muscle recovery tools known as percussion or vibration therapy. It helps to increase blood flow by providing rapid bursts of pressure into the body’s muscle tissue. I compared 5 Massage Guns and purchased OPOVE M3 Pro Max Massage Gun and Recoverfun Mini Portable Deep Tissue Massager Gun. I haven’t received the Recoverfun Mini Portable Deep Tissue Massager Gun yet but tried OPOVE M3 Pro Max Massage Gun. (here is a full review of OPOVE M3 Pro Max Massage Gun) It’s super powerful!

Moreover, looking down at the computer for a long time develops bad posture. To make better posture, I purchased a monitor stand to raise the height of the computer. My posture is getting better little by little now.

Credit: Amazon

5. Improve eating habits

I studied the current nutrition guide published by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Credit: ChooseMyPlate.gov

The suggested food balance is divided into four sections of 30 percent grains, 40 percent vegetables, 10 percent fruits, and 20 percent protein. In addition, smaller dairy products, such as a glass of milk or a yogurt cup. Here are more details about how to build healthy eating habits by USDA.

To develop a healthy eating habit, I started to take Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics. It helps your digestion naturally and also improves the immune system! I really like Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics because you only need one capsule a day (:

6. Skincare

I’ve been exploring a new skincare routine! I’m late 30’s, so trying more expensive skincare such as SK2. I’ve created a little spa spot in my room and enjoy spending time alone.

Wrapping Up

Thank you for reading my first ever Working from Home Quarterly Report! How is your experience working from home? What is your self-care routine?

Freelancers need problem-solving skills and self-care practice strategies. Although there are many great resources available online, freelancers have to solve most of the problems by themselves. Build your own DIY wellness program and practice self-care to stay productive!

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Resource:

  1. Salcedo, Susy. “Is 6 Hours of Sleep Enough – See Here the Hours Based on Age | Nectar.” Nectar Sleep, 23 Mar. 2021, www.nectarsleep.com/posts/is-6-hours-of-sleep-enough.

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