If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have trouble switching off from work. Me too. Whether it’s overthinking my full-time job or coming up with endless to-dos for my freelance side hustle, I pretty much never do it.
I’m on a mission to change that though. We might only be a few months into this year but it’s already the busiest I’ve probably ever been both work and life wise and it’s really not doing my brain any favours which is why it has to stop.
I appreciate that’s a lot easier said than done though. The thing us side hustlers have in common is that we’re passionate about our side hustles so it can be hard to take a step back, especially if you’re creative like me and find inspiration strikes at the most random of times. That’s why this isn’t a list of things you should feel tied to. Just some ideas from one business owner to another about how to get some headspace if you need it.
I recently spoke to someone who made me realise I literally NEVER listen to my own thoughts. If I’m not sat at a desk working, I’m walking home and listening to a podcast or catching up on a phone call, ignoring anything and everything that might otherwise cross my mind.
Not only has that contributed to a feeling of overwhelm and anxiety but, since I stopped doing that, I’ve realised it’s also something that stunts my creativity. I’ve come up with so many ideas, felt much more inspired and just generally clear-headed since I started.
No screens after 9pm
Come 9pm, screens are banned in the flat. It’s something we’ve been experimenting with for a little while now so it really has become a habit. Phones go on charge, laptops get put away and I take the time to read at least a chapter of whatever I’m reading at the time. Currently Becoming by Michelle Obama if you need a recommendation.
I feel like meditation gets a bad rap and admittedly, I was probably judgemental of it at one point but now that I’ve found the kind that works for me, I love it. I’ve used both the Headspace and Slumber apps to send me to sleep and there’s honestly nothing quite like it if it’s relaxation you’re aiming for.
The hobby I didn’t know I needed
If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sorry. I go on about Salsa an unnecessary amount but it’s a hobby that’s made such a difference to my life at a time when I really needed it. For that hour, I’m forced to put down my phone, talk to strangers and focus on not standing on their toes. It’s honestly the best feeling. Level 2, I’m coming for you.
Plan in downtime
I’ve not had a free weekend since the start of this year. Writing that down makes me feel a little bit sick but it’s true. Next weekend though, my diary is blocked out with a shouty ‘DON’T MAKE PLANS’ reminder I made myself a few weeks back and I cannot wait. I feel slightly guilty having had to turn down plans to keep it that way but I’m hoping practice will make perfect.
Do you have trouble switching off from your side hustle? Have you found anything that helps?