9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Today

If you’re like me, your everyday life is not perhaps the Disney fairytale you had hoped for. There are alarm clocks in the morning and bills at night. Some days at work energize you, but many days are simply drudgery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where you come home wanting only blankets, Buzzfeed, and junk food.

Some days, that’s okay. But most of the time, those sort of comfort rituals don’t revive us for the next day; they simply make us dread it all the more. The point of time outside of work is meant for rejuvenation, right? Here are some ways I come back to myself after a stressful day at work:

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#DOSummer2015 Update #3: Scheduling = More Time

CAM00319As you can see, I haven’t made substantial progress in the last month or so on my chart. I haven’t been reading a ton of the Monday pep talks either. (Sorry, Jon Acuff.) I’ve felt a little behind the eight ball most of the summer, so things I can slough off on (e.g., exercise), I have. Unfortunately, that’s not the healthiest. And a lot of it has to do with prioritizing and scheduling.

As a freelancer, daily schedules can be a lot looser than the average 9-5 worker. With that, it’s easy to just work when you feel like it and pull long nights when you have to. After all, no one is peering over your shoulder. But that’s not the most productive. I’ve been like that a lot in college and am trying to create healthier habits. So after musing about it a bit, I’ve realized a lot of it comes down to scheduling.

Granted, I like schedules a lot. I’m a to-do list kind of person. And if you aren’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you. But for those of you who like mapping things out, here are tips on scheduling more:Read More »

Too Much Screen-Time: 3 Self-Care Tips for Freelancers

As freelancer writers and editors, our screens are our co-workers. Without a computer (and a back-up one just in case), we’re out of job.

However, staring at screens frequently is not good for your eyes. And in our screen-saturated culture, we need to remind ourselves of that on a regular basis. So, here are some self-care tips if you find yourself in front of a screen a lot:

1. Take Frequent Breaks

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