Early on in business as a new freelance copywriter, I felt anxious at all hours, about just about every facet of my new life: being a business owner, getting clients, keeping clients, tracking time and income, bookkeeping, networking, and improving my skills as a direct response writer... not to mention delivering good, clean copy to existing clients.
There was more than the short list described and I felt insecure and anxious about most of it.
Part of the pressure was this
I felt I had to be ON all the time.
ALL the time!
So I puuuushed to be as "on" all the time as I could.
That in itself was mentally exhausting. And unsustainable.
This, for a while, included:
- Taking on more work than I could handle (or wanted)
- Working with not-ideal clients
- Not sleeping enough at night
- Drinking too much caffeine and not enough water
- Going out more to networking events, instead of enjoying other fun things
There were others I could add to this list.
But there was something that scared me into slowing down.
And it was the dream I started to have about my...
(you didn't see that one coming, did you?)
Yes, my adrenal glands started showing up in a scary dream that could rival
the latest A-Team movie release.
In the dream,
(it was the same every time)
my adrenal glands exploded inside of my body.
Scariest dream ever.
And that was the message that got my attention.
I got the message that I HAD to start slowing down, working smarter,
and calming my body and nervous system, or there would be significant
consequences in my health.
Looking back now, I was trying to prove something to myself.
I'm still picking apart exactly what it was that I was trying to prove...
I'm not sure those details matter... but I am sure that more and
better sleep is serving me, my clients, and my business now.
Anxiety was something I had to work through in this time as well.
A lot of what I learned and how I coped (including both wins and failures)
is chronicled in the book I wrote and released called Always Anxious
(available on Amazon) if you think it might help.
Sample chapters are available there.
Thinking of you,
Opt-in for daily enCOURAGEment right here, right now.
enCOURAGEment... because growth takes guts.