Let's face it, working from home every single day makes you more inclined to become a loner; a hard-working individual who gradually drifts away from social circles. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your alone time, besides, its in the nature of freelancing and owning your own business – to do things on your own.
The only downside is that too much of this isolation can leave you a wee bit F*$#ed up.
It makes you more prone to developing social anxiety, and depression. The very nature of the work is crazy too; working insane hours, our brains never turn off and we tend to neglect basic necessities (its 10 pm and I haven’t eaten dinner or showered, lol should probably do that).
A few weeks ago I went to a Fat Freddy's Drop (my fav) concert and found myself having a panic attack right in the middle of a massive crowd, it was the first time this has ever happened to me, I’ve NEVER had social anxiety and because this was all new to me, I had no idea what was going on.
Later on, It made me pick apart why this happened and honestly, my only conclusion was; I sit in a home office all week by myself. If I have an interaction, it's online or over the phone. This realization had me wondering, surely there are thousands of other entrepreneurs and freelancers out there with this issue.
I sat down and compiled a few ways for us to get out of these wee ruts and headspaces.
- Schedule a weekend errand on a weekday (force having a social break within your work week)
- FaceTime a friend while you're having a meal
- Build an online tribe (or join the BossBabe Société)
- Exercise to get out of your own head
- Pump your workspace with a psychological impacting color
- Get Plants in your workspace to create fresh flowing air
- Plan at least 1 social gathering a month with friends to look forward to
Have you struggled with isolation or started developing social avoidance tendencies as a result of freelancing or working from home? What do you do to improve or change headspaces? DM me on Instagram with your tips and tricks: @suzy.broad
I would love to hear what you do or what you recommend!
Suzy is a New Zealand based Fashion Designer, Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator and Developer. She’s the founder of Salt Label, a Sustainable Swimwear Brand featured in magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Bride Magazine etc. Suzy has a strong passion for empowering and supporting like-minded females with a message surrounding entrepreneurship & personal development that's not tainted by mass-media and marketing so that you can thrive within your business and yourself. When Suzy isn’t working on her business or other side hustles, you’ll find her lounging at the beach or exploring her backyard in little old New Zealand, check out her Instagram!