Written by: Eva Benoit
Are you ready to revamp your work life for the sake of your emotional well-being? There is no mistaking the stress that can come with major job changes, but according to some studies, staying in a job that doesn’t suit you can be particularly damaging. If you’re looking for a healthier situation, a venture in the gig economy could be the perfect solution.
As Medium.com points out, the gig economy offers some unmistakable benefits in the right situation. The flexibility alone opens a world of opportunity for people who otherwise struggle with traditional employment situations. It opens the door to setting your own hours, choosing with whom you interact, and working from home. These aspects can be the keys to improved mental wellness for many people.
Set up a Space
Being able to work from home in and of itself offers a number of key benefits. You can save the time and hassle of a daily commute, reduce gas expenses, and lighten your wardrobe outlay, and you become eligible for certain tax breaks on your workspace. With that in mind, aim for an arrangement that helps you thrive.
Angie’s List notes it’s helpful to set up your home office away from interruptions and distractions. To maximize productivity, invest in some quality equipment that ensures you’re readily in touch with clients and employers. Consider your perspective and comfort as well; set up your desk in an area with abundant natural light so you can take advantage of its mood-boosting qualities. Also, invest in an ergonomic chair to ease the strain on your back and joints.
It’ll feel great knowing you have a space designed by you and for you. Even if you decide on an endeavor that isn’t office-oriented, like dog walking, the space you establish will help you concentrate on bills, navigate arrangements, and promote your services to potential customers.
Pick a Great Gig
Deciding exactly what you want to do in the gig economy might be very straightforward to you, or you might not have any clear idea what direction you want to go. Do some soul-searching, and contemplate things you enjoy. Think about gig opportunities that match your skills and interests, and that promote your well-being. For instance, dog walking is a source of exercise, it gets you into the outdoors, and allows you to spend time with canine companions — all aspects with the potential to improve your mental health, reduce stress, and boost your mood.
You can explore websites that link job seekers with gig employers mesh openings with your interests and abilities. If you’re still at a loss as to what to do, you can take an online quiz to help sift through choices, or get in touch with a career counselor therapist, which is a mental health professional who can help you sort details to choose a healthy path.
Market Your Gig
Whatever avenue you choose, you’ll want to promote it to an appropriate audience. This can be done in a number of ways. If you’re working through a platform, there will be a place for you to set up a page of information about your credentials, specialized skills, and so forth. Wise Bread notes that there are other great ways to market your product or service as well. For instance, through social media, you have the potential of reaching thousands of people with the click of a mouse. A website of your own can also be a plus, and with good work, you’re likely to build your customer base through word of mouth as well.
Don’t underestimate the value of customer relationships. Building a great reputation and positive experiences means they will not only tell others about the good work you’re doing, but it also means they will repeat their business with you. Besides, it feels great knowing you’re doing something well and people are pleased with you.
If you’re ready for a position that promotes your mental wellness, the gig economy offers ample opportunities. Consider what you enjoy, set up a great space, and market your work. It’s a chance to feel better, and you deserve it.
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Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles