Got a question for you: When’s the last time you cut yourself a break, as a freelance writer? If you’re all smack-talk and no compliments when you look in the mirror, I have some positive thoughts I’d like you to adopt.
It’s time to give yourself the same level of loving care you’d give any struggling stranger on the street.
That’s right — it’s time to practice self-compassion.
It’s a classic paradox that writers are commonly sensitive people, yet we’re also often very hard on ourselves.
If that’s you, it’s time to change course and practice self-compassion. Honestly, stop torturing yourself! #justwhy
Life’s too short to spend your precious moments beating up on yourself. Too short to dwell on negative thoughts about what you haven’t done, or how much you need to improve your speed or your craft.
Consider self-compassion a productivity shortcut. When you feel better about yourself, it’s easier to sit down and get the writing done.
How can you practice self-compassion and get the positive thoughts flowing? I’ve boiled down my top 10 self-care tips into a handy infographic you can download and keep:
Is your life and writing career moving along in a linear fashion, continuously getting better?
Be honest. It’ doesn’t work that way for anyone.
The reality is bumpy.
Sometimes you have to abruptly take off work for personal reasons:
- A major illness or death in the family
- An accident
- A baby born prematurely
- Or any number of unexpected and traumatic reasons
I didn’t pick those examples randomly. They’ve all happened to me or my writing friends.
If you step away from your writing career to deal with major life events, hopefully you’ll reach a point where it makes sense to resume work.
But how do you get back on track?
If you’re restarting after taking a break because of trauma, illness the death of a loved one, or some other traumatic life event, here are five tips to reboot your writing career:
Freelance writers spend a lot of time reading posts, taking courses, and otherwise seeking information on how to build their careers. But what about self-help for writers?
Working on self-care can build your self-esteem up and make you far more productive and creative. And when I say self-care, I don’t mean bubble-baths and walks in the woods, either.
What I have in mind goes much deeper than catching a little ‘me’ time.
Recently, I took a training on one powerful self-help technique that every insecure writer could benefit from. This approach can help you get more and better writing done, put yourself out there more, and gain the confidence to pitch better clients.
Ready to take your writing — and your life — to a whole new level? Read on…
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