Freelancers need the sun. They need it for the normal reasons – vitamin D and its other health benefits. But freelancers need the sun for reasons other folks don’t.
Freelancers: Have you tried using mobile Internet under the bright sun? Have you been off skype for more than 3 days? Have you ever tried to connect to free wi-fi that has a poor-to-medium signal only to see that you missed two freelance projects in the process? Have you ever been “that” insane (you know what I mean)? How could you prefer lying on the beach or breathing some fresh air to earning 50 or 60 bucks? How hard is it for you to “let go” and take the risk of enjoying a summer vacation or even a short break that keeps you isolated from work and the Internet?
When faced with the possibility of going off the grid, perhaps you counter with a variation of one of these classic freelancer arguments…
There’s always the tanning salon where I can get a spray on tan or lay in a sun bed. And I can’t afford the possibility of losing potential clients, let alone spend money on a holiday excursion. [Who can?]
The summer season can get very hectic and it’s a goldmine for landing new gigs, especially if you’re a newbie (veteran). [Whatever]
Or one of these gems…
The sun causes skin cancer. [Sunscreen, people!]
Entrepreneurs have to work 24/7 to establish their businesses. [Burnout kills business]
I just had a baby (got a new puppy…kitten…pet tarantula). [Seriously?]
Get the Real Thing ~ Away From the Screen
The real thing – not just for Coca~Cola – your “getaway” doesn’t count as a vacation if you work. Get away from the screen.
Humidity, the cold, the rain, they’re bad for you. At least too much of it is. You do need to let those sun rays caress your poor, suffering waist and rescue you from all the hours of sitting at the computer. Close your eyes and let the sun’s beneficial qualities heal your tired eyes.
But sun therapy works for more than just defending your health and preventing illness. It works as an antidote to Internet addiction. Oh yes. Think about it. You can’t “really” surf the net while under the sun. Your screen gets dark. You need to sit in the shade or a darkened room or in the presence of an artificial light source to successfully cruise the digital landscape online!
So, What Can Freelancers Do While Relaxing Offline?
Freelancers can fill their digital void with a variety of relaxing activities that will recharge and renew them. Browse the waves. Open the windows to a garden profused with roses. Skip a step over the staircases on little alleys on a Greek island. Follow the trails of turtles. Delete pessimistic thoughts. Escape from your schedule. Shift your viewpoint.
“Black hole sun won’t you come, take away the rain…”
The self employed can become dominated by many fears — financial ones, mainly. How many of us can actually afford a holiday in the Maldives? Taking a break some way, some where, somehow could be doable, though. Plan a mini getaway in your own country, at your parents’ house, with relatives, on exchange programs. The options are endless if you use your imagination.
Freelancers are a special group of people. They have to spend lots of time online to provide a quick response to clients’ requests, look for new work, engage on social media, research for projects. Regardless of the excellent weather, freelancers will usually stay put in their home office in order to get things done. While other working people can book their vacations in advance, freelancers can’t really plan anything. The sun may shine; freelancers are frequently office bound (even if the office is at home).
For freelancers, spontaneity is the name of the getaway game.
Sun Can Wash Away Fears of Freelance Failure
You will feel healthier almost immediately as you bask in the sun that washes away your fears of freelance failure. A sun that can remove the black stains and cobwebs of your constantly busy mind. A sun that has many black holes and spots, but still shines on and gives you new life.
Your say: How about letting go of social media and actually chatting with others under the sun? Perhaps you’ll discover more people who need a break from the Internet as much as you do. Have you taken a break from the digital world? Tell us about it.