Emotional health of the self-employed, what we should know ?

Did you know that the emotional health of the self-employed can be more affected than that of a salaried employee?

The lack of schedules, work overload, obligations with the administration, the search for clients, late payments, payroll payments every month, etc.

There are many aspects that provoke the feeling of living in the emotional health of the self-employed constantly on edge.

Although we are obviously putting ourselves at one end of the rope, and not all the self-employed suffer from these vagaries of unstable work, the truth is that, when something does not go well, the self-employed are more unprotected.


Being Autonomous Can Seriously Harm Mental Health

Freelancers, freelancers, entrepreneurs … there are many words used to name those brave people who try to earn a living on their own. But what does it called to be autonomous? Sometimes the pace of self-employment is so fast that the worker is not aware of their situation.

The self-employed, especially when they start their activity, stop paying attention to their surroundings and themselves: they do not take days off, they do not disconnect from their responsibilities, “they do not get sick” and they invest all their time in work development issues and business growth.

However, the majority of sick leave, which is less, but longer than those of salaried employees, originate from amental imbalance as a result of poor time management and lack of emotional intelligence. Nobody teaches them to organize their time and they don’t know how to deal with stressful situations.

Furthermore, in our culture failure is not allowed, and one’s own expectations, those of the rest and the ego, generate pressure on the self-employed right from the beginning. In fact, most of their emotional health problems are based on fear: fear of failure, fear of disappointing, losing clients… and all this generates serious stress, anxiety and even depression.


Main Emotional Health Problems of The Self-Employed

The body is the first place where mental health problems manifest, and in this sense, the self-employed must be attentive to a series of signs that may indicate the beginning of a mental disorder.


  • Stress, anxiety, or depression .
  • Tremors and excessive sweating .
  • Dermatological problems : dryness, swelling, or a rash on the skin.
  • Recurring headaches .
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Gastric problems: burning, frequent pain or irritable bowel.
  • Insomnia , difficulty sleeping at night, or lack of concentration.
  • Tachycardias and negative thoughts.



Tips To Take Care Of The Emotional Health Of The Self-Employed

Suffering any of these symptoms on a recurring basis can be the prelude to an episode of stress, anxiety or depression.

But, if you want to take advantage of the freedom that being self-employed offers, and do not want to suffer the negative aspects associated with being self-employed , we offer you some tips:


Get out of the “god” mode:

Omnipotent, omnipresent and who does not know, or does not want to delegate. The freelancer does not have to be a one-man band and play all the instruments.

Wanting to do the accounting, taxes, web design, etc., to save time and money, is a fantasy that takes little time to dismantle. The wear and tear that comes with wanting to assume everything makes you less efficient and lose money, by not investing time in really exclusive tasks of the entrepreneur.


Do it today !:

One of the great problems that freelancers suffer today is procrastination: social networks, talks, games, television …, many are the distractions that can make the freelancer spend the day working, but that their performance is very low.


Smart financing:

Freelancers invest in resources or clients, but rarely do so in themselves. To prevent a deterioration in mental health from influencing the proper functioning of the activity, it is necessary that you invest in time, health, organization and work management.


Use an agenda:

Establishing a quadrant and schedules for your activity and respecting them can prevent work overload and stress.



It is difficult for you to have moments of lucidity to solve complex problems if you are constantly thinking about work issues. Burnout leads to slower functioning, so in order to be “insightful”, it is important to focus the mind, at times, on issues outside the world of work.


There is a world out there:

So get out there, get dressed, go to the gym, socialize, chat with other people… Don’t let your reality be four walls.

Listen to the signals that your body sends: symptoms that indicate that you could be mired in a situation of stress, anxiety or depression.


Manage your emotions:

if you are stressed, take a break, a few days off, that allow you to resume the activity from another perspective. Breathing exercises, activities such as yoga or sports can help to disconnect.

Written by zack

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